Family-run tool firm Draper Tools is proud to be celebrating 100 years in business this year.
Established in 1919 by Bert Draper, the business was initially known as B. Draper & Son Limited. As well as selling its own brand of tools, the company was also a quality engineers merchant and tool wholesaler, selling brands that are well known today, such as Britool, King Dick and Elliott Lucas.
Today, the business is still family owned and run by the fourth generation of the Draper family. At 100 years old, the company remains as committed to growth and innovation as ever, having recently made a number of investments as a business, as well as several improvements at its head office facility.
Draper Tools continues to supply a wide variety of hand and power tools for a range of trades. To date, the entire Draper range includes over 11,000 products lines. Recent years have seen the company investing heavily in its ever-growing automotive range for the workshop. The automotive offering from Draper Tools now includes workshop equipment such as Engine Cranes, Tyre Changers, Wheel Balancers, Ultrasonic Cleaning Tanks, Shot Blasting Cabinets and more.
While the company’s offering has changed and expanded, its dedication to quality and customer service has remained a constant priority. Chairman of Draper Tools, John Draper, remarked, “We are proud to have reached this important milestone in our company’s history and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us get here. Although we have grown a lot over the last century, we still like to think of ourselves as a no-nonsense, customer-focused tool supplier. Quality and reliability are still very much at the heart of the business, and this will continue as we progress and grow into 2019 and beyond.”
Plans are afoot for a year-long celebration of the company’s 100-year anniversary in 2019, with exclusive promotions, competitions, charity fundraising and a staff party all in the pipeline. Each month there will be special edition centenary products launched at great prices. Keep an eye out for these fantastic deals on top products, including trolley jacks, pressure washers, socket sets, spanner sets and more.
2019 will be about giving back, with more competitions and giveaways from Draper Tools than ever before. There will be monthly chances to win the special edition centenary products as well as regular giveaways on social media, too.
To further mark the occasion, Draper Tools has teamed up with Care for Veterans, a very special charity, which also celebrates its centenary in 2019. Care for Veterans (formerly The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home) was established in 1919 to care for those soldiers returning from World War I with life-changing disabilities. For 100 years, they have been providing long term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and award-winning end of life care to disabled ex-Servicemen and women from the RAF, Army, Royal Navy and auxiliary services. Draper Tools will be dedicating 2019 to supporting and raising funds for Care for Veterans in honour of both organisations’ centenary year.