Draper tools is a high sought and good quality tools to many industries. They first started out in 1919 in a small market stalls around the Kingston Upon Thames area. With the business getting more popular and more interest in these tools were coming of age the founder, Bert Draper made a purchase of the original warehouse.
Here in the original warehouse is where the brand name of Draper Tool Company Limited was born. Back when the brand was just starting in 1919 the founder, Bert Draper named the company B. Draper & Son Limited, the trademark was known as B.D.S.
Draper sold its own brand as early as 1919 as well as being quality an engineer Merchant and Tool Wholesaler, selling brands that are well known today still that include Britool, King Dick and Elliott Lucas
Bert Draper Passed away in 1963 and control of the Company passed to his son Norman. With the increased business and cramped conditions at Kingston, Norman purchased the freehold rights to the current premises in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire at auction in 1963.
Norman pushed the business forward dramatically and developed the 'Draper' brand as we know it today, by importing quality tools from all around the World. He also established 'exclusive' relationships on a family to family basis, with such Companies as Elora and Knipex, which still exist today. Norman died in 1994 and the Company is now run by his son, John. His wife Joan, who passed away in 1999, produced, almost single-handedly, the Company's first type-written catalogue in 1953. This level of family involvement would be rare in any other company of this size in the UK...
But then Draper Tools is no 'other company!'
John took over the reins in 1992 with the task of taking the company into the new century. Draper Tools continues to thrive on a mixture of inward investment, active support for the independent stockist, striving for operational efficiency and all underpinned by the golden rule since 1919 - Guaranteed Quality.
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