Business started in this year, named Western Towing Attachements, with the help of our friends, Gordon & Teresa Thurgood of GT Towing in Potter Bar in Hertfordshire where the Saxton family moved from in 1967 to Devon.
Towbars were supplied and fitted from the small workshop at home in Dawlish Road in Teignmouth.
Publicity at the time was by a flyer which was distributed by all the family members around the local car parks usually by placing them under the windscreen wipers of cars.
In this year we became stockist for Witter towbars & Indespension trailers and parts. The average price for fitting a towbar was about £40 and the Witter's retail price avaerage about £12 !
Opened a branch of Western Towing in Exeter, the property wqas purchased from East Devon Flooring and was run by son Mark and his new wife Nicola who lived in the flat above as well. This was a completely new service for Exeter and it proved very popular. Towbars where fitted around the back in a make shift lean too.
The book-keeping and accounts were taking up a lot of time, a lot of it after hours. We were perwaded to invest in a 'state of the art' computer costing about £3,500 to speed up our accounts work. It consised of two 1.2mb floppy disks, one for the Sage Accounts Program and the other to keep the data. It ran MSBasic which was obsolete a few years later as MSDos was more popular.
We moved from 284 Pinhoe Road acroos the road at 189a, it was too difficult to run the same business from two locations so close to each other.
Martin Park was sold to the current occupiers 'Metro Motors' and we moved to Kingsteignton Trading Estate, taking over UnitA1 from 'Devon Fuels'.
We launched our first website in this year. It was when most households and business went online using dialup, it was very slow so the website had to contain only a few images so it would load resonabliy quickly.
It was an opportunity to display all of what we could offer in a brochure format, it soon became very popular. We did not sell and products at this time as it was not really very popular to buy online.