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Pair in trim with drive to succeed

John Giddings and Kath Donnelly at the opening of The Trim Technician new premises at Wood Street, Poulton Industrial Estate. BELOW: Some of the exotic cars which have been given a makeover.

John Giddings and Kath Donnelly at the opening of The Trim Technician new premises at Wood Street, Poulton Industrial Estate. BELOW: Some of the exotic cars which have been given a makeover.

  • by Tim Gavell
 

TALK about top gear! A business which has risen from the wreckage of TVR is doing so well it has had to move to new premises.

Trim Technicians has moved into a new workshop at Poulton Industrial Estate just eight months after being founded.

John Giddings and Kath Donnelly specialise in making cars and motorbikes look extra special with custom made upholstery.

They have spruced up TVRs for many keen owners and other sports car marques such as Lotus too and have even taken on orders to do the insides of campervans and motorbike seats.

They started out at Kiln 8 at Hoo Hill, Blackpool but found that orders went into overdrive and have had to move to a bigger unit.

John said: “Things are going so well because we try to do such a good job for each customer.

“We have found a niche in the market. Kath and I are both ex-TVR employees so we are used to working on the cars and have years of experience.

“All our work has come by word of mouth so we must be doing something right.

“This is a great site for us because we are near to a lot of other businesses related to TVR.”

John Mleczek, a TVR buff who ran the regional branch of teh TVR Car Club and worked for the car maker for 32 years said: “They are very skilful and like many of the small firms that have been set up in the wake of TVR, they are finding lots of work. There is still a huge interest in TVR. It is something that the Fylde should be very proud of.

“People who own them have seen the go up in value. There arearound eight to 10 businesses still working ont he TVRs doing such things as respraying, refurbishing, bodywork.

“They were something so unique. A little firm in this part of the world took on the big boys of the car industry on a shoestring and beat the best.

“These owners want repairs and refurbishment done by people like John and Kath because they are ex-TVR people and they know it will be done right.”

The new workshop at Poulton was opened by former owner of TVR Engineering Martin Lilley and was attended by fans of the cars, former TVR workers and dealers and many of the new businesses which have sprung up from the marque.

 

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