25 years on the road to success

Mac Tools celebrates the silver anniversary of its operation in the UK.

2015 marks an important milestone for Mac Tools. It was 25 years ago, in 1990, that the first Mac Tools distributor hit the road in the UK. Now, with more than 130 franchise holders in the country with access to a global product line in excess of 42,000 items, the company’s original vision of delivering an impeccable level of tool quality and service to automotive professionals, via a mobile sales force of franchise owners, has proven to be a winning formula.

That first Mac Tools distributor in the UK was Mike Brooks, who set to covering the Yeovil area. Talking about his time in the business he says: “I’ve been with Mac Tools from the very beginning and in that time I’ve seen it go from strength to strength. It’s been an amazing journey and hugely rewarding.

“Of course, there have been challenges, as with any business, but 25 years later I’m still enjoying what I do. I would definitely recommend Mac Tools to anyone looking to start a franchise business, regardless of their background.”

A further example of how Mac Tools franchise owners enjoy the opportunities offered and growth with the business can be seen with Frank Gorman’s story. “I have been a Mac Tools distributor for 15 years now,” says Frank. “Right from when I first started it was a friendly place to be. Even though the company has grown a tremendous amount since then, I’m happy to say that’s one thing that has remained consistent. I’ve seen a lot of changes, but all for the better. In the early days, sales off the van would be handwritten, list prices were taken from a price book and I would constantly have to phone head office to place orders, chase stock, etc. However, now that we’re in the digital age, running my business is a lot easier because I do nearly everything online. This leaves me a lot more time to deal with my customers, which at the end of the day is what this business is all about.

“I work daily with Mac Tools’ sales, accounts and marketing departments and they all do a great job to help my business. Working together as a team definitely helps me to achieve my goals and targets. I can confidently say that Mac Tools is heading in the right direction and I look forward to the next 15 years,” concludes Frank.

While Mac Tools has been in the UK for 25 years, the history of the company goes back much further. The Mac Tools story of success began in Ohio, USA, in 1938, when seven men got together to form the Mechanics Tool and Forge Company, with the aim of manufacturing the finest tools in the world. In 1945 the company changed hands, leading to the formation of Mac Allied Tools, a brand that soon became referred to simply as ‘Mac Tools’. By the early ‘60s, the name had stuck so much that the company officially changed its name to Mac Tools, and the rest, as they say, is history.

From those very early days of Mechanics Tool and Forge and throughout Mac Tools’ 25 years in the UK, a philosophy of excellent quality, price and service remains unchanged, and the company spirit that made it successful in 1938, is the same spirit that makes Mac Tools a leader in the automotive tool and equipment business today.

If you think you’re ready to take the driver’s seat with Mac Tools and join this thriving network of franchisees, please get in touch using the contact details below.