Axminster Tools celebrates 50 years of trading


The original shop front in the small market town of Axminster, Devon

Axminster Tools began life 50 years ago in the rural market town of Axminster in East Devon. In an age before computers, when virtually all jobs were done manually, two sons joined their father and together they opened a high street shop.

The early years were hard, the hours long and, at times, it was difficult to make ends meet. A passion for great craftsmanship and a job well done got them through and before long, the family business earned a reputation as a trusted tool shop run by friendly and knowledgeable experts, with a service that was second to none.


There have been many milestones over the years, but the decision to move into mail order tools is one of the largest contributing factors in taking Axminster Tools from a small high street shop to the global retailer it is today. Nevertheless, the eight Axminster Tools stores remain at the heart of the company, offering support and inspiration to the creative community.

Much has changed since 1972, but the company roots remain firmly embedded in a passion for woodworking, a sense of family belonging and a set of values that ensure they always put the customer first. In recent years, Axminster Tools has invested heavily in its future, manufacturing an increasing number of own branded products in their Devon-based manufacturing facility.


Alan Styles, Managing Director of Axminster Tools, says: “As we celebrate our past, it’s important to look to the future. We do what we do to support a sustainable future for Axminster Tools, for the prosperity of our staff and the communities we support and engage with. My family taught us the value of hard work and never giving up on your goals. We too will work hard to live up to the high standards set over the past 50 years. When you work together, anything is possible and together we'll continue to grow our woodworking community, so we all have a place to share our passion.”

If you'd like to know more about the Axminster Tools story, as told by the family behind the business, visit and click through to the blog.

Axminster Tools
Unit 10 Weycroft Avenue, Axminster
EX13 5PH
03332 406 406