Family-run DIY shop celebrates its 50th year

Brian Kettlewell's family run shop is celebrating 50 years in the town. (jc_170415_handy_02)
Brian Kettlewell's family run shop is celebrating 50 years in the town. (jc_170415_handy_02)

A popular DIY shop is celebrating 50 years in the business.

Handyman’s Supplies, which is now based on Fountain Street in Morley has seen off numerous recessions and moved premises four times on the way to reaching its half century.

It’s a family business and my 12 year-old grand-daughter sometimes comes in on a weekend to help out.

Brian Kettlewell, owner of Handyman’s Supplies

Brian Kettlewell, 63, inherited the company from his parents after their retirement in the mid 1980s and has overseen its day-to-day running ever since.

Brian’s mother and father, Harry and Jean, bought the business in 1965 and operated from Coffin Corner.

The shop later moved to premises near the Town Hall, before transferring again to Peel Street and then the old Ebeneezer Chapel on Fountain Street.

It has since been settled and its current base since moving there in 2004.

Brian is now assisted by his daughter Lindsay and her husband Jimmy and says he has no plans to retire himself just yet.

He said: “I still enjoy running the shop. We’ve just got on with it all years, as you do with life.

“My parents took over the shop because they wanted to work for themselves. My dad came from a painting background and that’s what he did beforehand.

“They actually took over the business from someone else and made it their own. It was probably going to close otherwise.

“It’s a family business and my 12 year-old grand-daughter sometimes comes in on a weekend to help out.”

Brian believes that the shop now has a bright future after emerging from what he says is the hardest period it has ever seen.

“It’s been hard these last few years with the recession,” he said. “During the miner’s strike it was quite hard with the power cuts that we had but the recent recession was probably the hardest I remember it being.”