Turning a fencing contractor business into the UK’s leading wholesale supplier of gate and fencing accessories teaches you a thing or two about what’s needed, and what works, when it comes to quality solutions. It’s why we’re trusted by suppliers, merchants, and homeowners alike.
The business was founded by John Abernethie in 1982, from his home on Birkdale Road. John had spent a few years as a fencer and initially started the business to sell accessories to fencers to make their lives a bit easier.
By 1990, the business had started to take off and we took on our first employees.
We moved over to an import model shortly afterwards, working with suppliers with factories across China and India. In 1992 we received our first container of imported gate hardware.
In 1999, the MATE concept was born, and we launched our first sub-brand, GATEMATE®
We went international as GATEMATE® products started to make their way over to the USA for the first time.
And in 2005, we had our first warehouse and office space designed and built.
2006 saw the launch of FENCEMATE®.
And we achieved further global expansion as we shipped GATEMATE® products to contacts in Canada.
We celebrated receiving our 1,000th container of imported gate hardware, 20 years after the first!
Launched SITEMATE®, and acquired Hulme Architectural Fencing
We launched our Post Concrete product under the FENCEMATE® sub-brand in May 2015.
Followed by the Euro Profile Longthrow Lock under our GATEMATE® sub-brand in February 2016.
We had continued to grow at a steady rate, so built a 50,000 sqft Distribution Centre in Coventry
We also needed a little more space for our team, so moved from Uxbridge to new purpose built offices in Stokenchurch in July 2018.
Our innovation continued as we launched DuraPost, our unique concept steel fence post system at Fencex in October 2018.
We launched PowerPro Screws in March 2019
We launched our first app; DuraPost FenceBuilder, to assist contractors and homeowners when specifying projects.
And after a lot of work within our team, our DuraPost patented design was approved in January 2020 and we launched the DuraPost Trained Installer Scheme across the UK and Ireland.
In late 2020, after a monumental year, we acquired the Ellumiere lighting brand.
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