This month marks 120 years since workplace equipment supplier Slingsby opened its doors and began supplying products across all industries and sectors.
The company was established in 1893 when Harry Crowther Slingsby, who previously worked in the family beer bottling business, devised a trolley to make it easier to move the heavy crates around. He went on to manufacture and sell a wide range of robust trucks and trolleys to move loads around large buildings.
The Bradford firm’s product range continued growing and today Slingsby supplies more than 35,000 workplace products through its catalogue and website including a wide range of handling and lifting equipment, storage and shelving, safety and security products, signs and labels, environmental and waste related goods, office equipment and access solutions.
In addition Slingsby offers moulding, bespoke manufacturing and prototyping operations and recently launched a salt distribution facility supplying products to tackle snow and ice including salt, rock salt and grit in quantities ranging from five kilograms to several tonnes.
Dominic Slingsby, Managing Director of Slingsby who is the fourth generation Slingsby to run the business, says: "After 120 years it’s fantastic that Slingsby continues to thrive as a business and we are still very much a family run firm with many of the same values that formed the company’s foundations back in 1893.
"Great customer service and follow-up support remains key to our operations and meeting key delivery times and schedules enables us to help our customers manage their supply chains, which is a vital part of running an efficient and successful business. As a result, to stay ahead of today’s demanding and fast-moving marketplace, we’re always expanding the number of products available with free next-day delivery, which now includes thousands of items across all product categories.
"In addition we’re continually developing new online services to improve and enhance the ways that customers can buy from us and we now offer one of the largest and most sophisticated workplace e-commerce sites which has become an integral part of our business."
Slingsby recently launched a new edition of its catalogue which has held or reduced prices on more than 40 per cent of products and increased the number of items available with free next day delivery across all categories.