When Martin Hibbert left school he found himself a job as an
apprentice with a local trimmer. After he qualified, and being as he was
a smart cookie, he quickly realised there was a niche with his name on it
in the trimming market. He bought himself a small van in which he would
visit manufacturers and purchase small amounts of materials and supplies.
He would then drive round all the local trimmers and sell his goods.
Martin very quickly realised that none of the companies that he was
buying from sold absolutely everything a trimmer would need. Once again,
the ideas factory kicked in. He purchased premises in Middlewich and
started employing staff to sell absolutely everything that a trimmer
Not satisfied with this, he also set up his own trim shop and employed
a professional trimmer.
From then on in the company went from strength to strength until
tragedy hit in May of 1998 when a major fire destroyed the premises and
all the products. Some of the materials destroyed were 20 years old and,
by then, irreplaceable classics of their type.
How do you recover from such devastation?
Well, as you might imagine, with lots of hard work and determination.
Everyone pitched in, every member of staff, the whole family and lots of
friends began working from home. Within 6 weeks the company had moved to
temporary premises. They were back up and running. Once again the future
was filled with hope.
Martin had always dreamed that his son Josh would follow him into the
business; this dream has now come to fruition.
Josh has brought with him some unique qualities as well as youth,
determination and hope.