During the late 1970’s whilst working in the family haulage business, Colin realised there was a demand for a dedicated parts department to service not only the family’s own trucks and workshops, but also other truck owners and workshops in the area. Picksons began trading on 1st January 1979 as an offshoot of the family business P.D. Pick & Sons.
With hard work and perseverance Picksons developed and grew, building relationships and trust with customers and it wasn’t long before Picksons became the core focus of the family business. The trucks and workshops were sold off and by the early 1980’s it was solely a parts business. Mixed fortunes over the next 20 years saw periods of growth and downturn as the economy fluctuated, but the dedication to customer service and belief in the business stayed strong. In October 2001 the company expanded and opened a second depot in Avonmouth, this proved very successful and within a few years the depot had outgrown its premises and so moved to the current location in Burcott Road. Continued growth led to the opportunity and opening of a third branch in Gloucester in 2012, a fourth branch followed in 2013 at Bridgwater, a fifth in 2016 in central Bristol and a sixth at Swindon in March 2017. The newest branch opened in Bromsgrove in 2019.
In July 2014 we completed the purchase of the controlling share of Fleetwheel Limited. Based in Cardiff and with three depots across South Wales, Fleetwheel are Wales’ number one commercial parts distributor. The merger has further strengthened the position of both companies and the Picksons Group as a whole. Since the merger we have subsequently opened two further Fleetwheel branches at Tredegar and Carmarthen, with a combined total now of eleven depots all located ideally along the M4 and M5 corridors.
We believe above all else that this is a people business and throughout our history we have always strived to provide the kind of local service you can trust. Cost savings are hugely important and this is certainly the case in the modern transport industry. Strong partnerships with the biggest manufacturers in the industry have enabled us to remain competitive and offer huge savings against the main vehicle dealers. As the business moves forward, we constantly look to improve the service we offer and are always negotiating with suppliers to ensure we can offer the best prices to our customers, without compromising quality.
We have never stood still and are always looking at ways to grow the business organically, whilst at the same time remaining true to the beliefs of service and price – coming from a transport background we understand how important these factors are.