About Straightset

Straightset is the UK’s Leading Independent Garage Equipment Experts for Car & Commercial Workshops.

We are a family business who continue to be dedicated to offering all of our customers exceptional service. Health and Safety is our top priority. We believe in only supplying garage equipment we can fully support – this means carefully selecting manufacturers who have the same ethos as we do; offering aftercare packages that are second to none.

For us, its not just about supplying garage equipment, its about creating long lasting relationships with our customers, based on knowledge, trust & robust data.

Garage Equipment Sales
Garage Equipment Sales

We provide everything from the supply of individual garage equipment or spare parts, to full design, installation, hands on project management and after care preventative maintenance contract support. Find out more.

Garage Equipment Service
Garage Equipment Service

With over 45 highly trained & skilled engineers located nationally, dedicated knowledgeable service controllers, a large centrally located you can be sure your workshop investment is in the best hands. Find out more.

Contact us on 01909 480055

Whether you’re looking for a specific part or specification of garage equipment, a full workshop design and fitout, or one of our Aftercare Service Packages, were ready and waiting to hear from you.

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History of Straightset

  • 1987: Straightset Limited was formed

    Straightset was formed in November 1987 after a management buy-out of the vehicle workshop development division of SPX subsidiary VL Churchill. With 3i on board as the required institutional investor, the Worksop based team headed by Paul Bates made great strides on the Garage and Bodyshop equipment market in the UK by offering an approach different to the competitors of the day.

  • 1998: Straightset moves premises

    At a time of expansion Straightset acquired new larger premises, on the same sought after Dukeries Industrial Estate, which is conveniently placed with easy access to the A1 and M1 motorways. The new location allowed Straightset to custom design a head office that met the demands of a growing project installation and Service business, as well as a large warehouse facility to stock spare parts and equipment.

  • 2004: Straightset New Fabrication Shop

    Straightset opened a specialist on site Fabrication Shop to meet the bespoke demands of our customer requirements. With a team of fabrication specialists, able to build, recondition and repair garage equipment from cassette's for in-ground lifts, oil tanks, workbenches and much more.

  • 2009: Straightset Independence Day

    We pride ourselves on always fiercely maintaining our independence. In 2009 Straightset bought out the shares owned by 3i and now stands as a large national workshop equipment company in the UK to not be owned by a manufacturer or to be a member a trade organisation. This total independence – giving the customer more choice – is key to how we operate today.

  • 2014: Service Management System Integration

    We set out to select and integrate and innovative Service Management software into the business. This provided us with complete control over our stock management, engineer scheduling and customer reporting.

  • 2016: Straightset Family Business

    After a successful career as a CIMA qualified chartered accountant, Richard Bates, son of Paul Bates, joined the Straightset team. As our Operations Manager, Richard is instrumental in managing the system integration and overall running of our successful Service Department.

    Julia Blake, the daughter of Paul Bates also joins the Straightset team, bringing with her over 10 years experience of Marketing and Internet Advertising experience.

    Together they work with the Directors of the business to continue the success of Straightset; providing customer service which is second to none.

  • 2018: 30 Years of Straightset

    With this our 30th Year in trading, we have some exciting projects and innovation planned:

    We launched a new responsive website, on a proven ecommerce platform. The site is built on our core ethos of offering our customers service which is second to none, navigating them through the site easily to the information they need. Whether customers want to browse through the range of carefully selected manufacturers equipment and create a quotation basket, or purchase a huge stock of spare parts directly. The site also features helpful bespoke tools, such as the ability to source your local service controller directly for immediate breakdown requirements.

Interested in joining our team?

To deliver great service, we need great colleagues. We’re always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team

If you believe that you have the skills we are currently looking for, we want to hear from you.

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