In 1938 Geoffrey Handy started an ironmonger's business in Swindon. Over the years, the company expanded into hardware, bottled gas and lawnmowers before becoming the specialised garden machinery business that is known today as Handy Distribution.
Handy has two divisions to the company consisting of one of the largest and most well-known retail bases in the South West of England and the UK’s Largest Independent Garden Machinery Wholesale Distributor, supplying a wide range of customers including over 200 specialist dealers nationwide, large national retailers, garden centres and mail order companies.
Garden Equipment Distributors
In recent years the wholesale distribution side of our business has grown exponentially, from a 3,500 ft² warehouse to the current purpose built 45,000 ft² site with another 30,000 ft² close by. As well as distributing a vast range of garden machinery from many leading brands, we also now have our own range of products sourced from excellent manufacturers in Europe, North America, and the Far East.
A Wealth of Knowledge and Experience
Since the company's creation in 1938, Handy has grown dramatically and now has more than 70 full time staff. Our dedicated and experienced team has a wealth of knowledge and many years experience in the garden machinery industry. We believe that if you employ the best people it brings the best results, and our position as the largest independent wholesale distributor of garden machinery in the UK speaks for itself.
1938: Geoffrey Handy founds G J Handy & Co in Old Town Swindon.
1954: G J Handy & Co incorporates as a limited company.
1963: Bottled Gas and Garden Machinery divisions split into separate stores.
1972: Due to continued growth, Handy Garden Machinery moves to larger premises.
1977: Handy Garden Machinery moves again to the purpose built premises still in use today.
1979: Former Chairman Derek Belcher joins Handy as a salesman for garden machinery.
1991: Derek Belcher purchases a controlling share in the company and becomes Managing Director.
1992: The Handy Gas brand is sold off, allowing the company to focus on its core garden machinery and accessories business.
1997: Managing Director Derek Belcher assumes sole ownership of the company.
2009: Derek Belcher passes on the Managing Director position to his son Simon, but continues to play an active role as Chairman.
2013: Handy Distribution is now one of the largest companies in its sector, with a pioneering approach and a market-leading commitment to providing high quality products and service.
2014: Awarded Wholesaler of the Year 2nd year running.
2015: Company expands warehouse & logistics operations in Swindon.
2018: Derek Belcher retires as Chairman. Simon Belcher is new Chairman and Steve Bartlett is announced Managing Director.