The company was the brainchild of one of our existing Directors, Dominic Smith’s Great Grandfather - Albert Edward Smith.
The company started with humble beginnings on the side of the Brayford Pool in Lincoln, an area then renowned for its industry. Using the river Witham to transport raw materials, the business started off as the Witham Oil & Candle Company making bicycle oils, candles and carbide for local businesses.
As the demand for machinery and industrialisation grew and transport evolved from horse and cart and steam power, to vans, tractors and cars, and so the business expanded. Its product range changed with the times to make lubricants and greases for engines and a wide variety of the new machinery and equipment being installed in a whole range of local industries.
As the business grew Albert was joined by his two sons Arthur and George, as two young boys. They ran the business with a very small team. Needing to support customers and grow the business further, Les Bottom came to work for the company as a sales person. This is the current Managing Director - Nigel Bottom’s grandfather.
As the products and services of the company grew, the need for a new person in the factory opened up and Les’s son Geoff Bottom, aged 15, joined his father in the business in 1965.