About Us

Established in 1989 by Founder and Chairman Peter Grummitt; Tools of the Trade Limited partners with some of the leading tool manufacturers across Europe and the USA. We share the passion of the brands we work with and their products - many of our brands work exclusively with Tools of the Trade as their chosen UK distributor.

Tools of the Trade offers a wide range of professional, trade-quality hand tools, power tool accessories, tool storage and personal protective equipment, with over 2500 products stocked here in the UK. Our products are manufactured and certified to stringent international standards, backed by manufacturer guarantees.

For Tools of the Trade it is important that we are able to offer the market the best products, therefore the brands we select are specialist producers.  In doing-so we ensure innovation and development and prevent competition within our portfolio of brands. Our manufacturers recognise the value of producing tools unique to the UK market.

We recognise that professional trades are demanding of their tools and they are always looking for ways to get the best from their tool. So who better to put a new tool or brand through its paces? Tools of the Trade focus on delivering innovative product solutions; designed and tested with end users.  

Our Mission….

“To be the distributor of choice for high quality branded tools selected for use within professional trades.
We will achieve this by delivering the highest quality products and service experience to our customers.
We will encourage and support user driven innovation, focussing on design and function to grow profitable sales at Tools of the Trade.
We will invest to ensure we are best in class in all that we do, operating to the highest safety and quality standards.”

Tools of the Trade – Made to Work….

We target a service level OTIF (on time and in full) of a minimum 95% and currently we’re achieving in excess of 99%. Our availability is in excess of 95% and our stock accuracy and pick accuracy is above 99.5%.

28 Years and Counting...….

Almost every reseller of tools in the UK market is supplied by Tools of the Trade in one guise or another – we cover a multitude of markets stretching across both National and Independent businesses. We stock 19 brands; Allit, Advent, BMI, Box on Box, Contractors, Disston, Ergodyne, EXACT, Hafu, Hot Hands, Manuform, Nailers, NWS, Picard, Ragni, Tajima, Technics, Terry and Wera. Each product has been carefully chosen for innovation, function, performance, ergonomics and design.

Our Timeline…

1989 Formed in 1989 and appointed exclusive UK distributor for Disston USA.
1991 Made Final 3 for small business start-up of the year award.
1993 Moved to a larger premises.
1994 Appointed exclusive distributor for Ragni Trowels Italy.
1995 Appointed exclusive distributor for PLANO USA.
2000 Won DIYweek Product of the year award for Plano Hardbottom Toolbags.
2001 Won our first exclusive brands from Germany: NWS and HaFu
2003 Built Hazledine House - 15,000 SQ feet of offices and warehouse.
2006 Expanded Hazledine House with a further 15,000 SQ feet of warehouse.
2008 Acquired worldwide rights to the Nailers brand of PPE products.
2010 Plano hardbottom bag sales reach 5 Million.
2012 Moved to employed field sales personnel for the first time in the company’s history.
2013 Launched NWS and Wera collaboration into the Electrical Wholesale Market.
2015 Implemented a fully digital Warehouse Management System.
2016 Tools of the Trade acquires Ragni.
2017 Ragni purchases exceeds 16 million trowels globally.