Linings & Hoses has announced that the company’s founder Brian Smedley will celebrate 50 years in business this November.
Brian was one of the Directors who founded L&H Brakes & Hoses in Stoke-on-Trent in 1968.
He opened several companies in Cheshire and Derbyshire during the 70s and 80s with acquaintances in the motor trade. These businesses were all driven by his contagious enthusiasm for the Motor Trade.
These companies were eventually amalgamated into Linings & Hoses. In 2006, following a company demerger, Brian continued to work with the new Linings & Hoses company with depots in Congleton, Stoke and Stafford.
The Linings & Hoses business is now run by Brian’s two sons Stuart and Neil and fellow Director Steven Kempa. Brian is currently training his Grandson Matthew to follow in his footsteps in the family business, as the salesman that Brian has always been. His Granddaughters, Hollie and Nina, also spend time working with him.
Brian has always considered his staff his most important asset and he has always tried to give them the chance to thrive and grow with the business. There are many long serving members of staff at Linings & Hoses, this reflects his loyalty and support to his staff, and them to him.
Brian will be 85 on the 1st of November and still works a couple of days of the week. He left school at 15 and started work at Ferodo in Chapel-en-le-Frith so November will see him entering his 70th year in the Motor Trade, a fantastic effort by anyone’s standards.
Brian spent his early work days at Ferodo, which gave him a good early understanding of the Motor Trade, this was divided into two spells due to doing National Service in the RAF.
In the mid-fifties Brian moved South and worked for Rival Lamps, before moving on to work for Small & Parkes as Sales Manager for London and the South East selling Don Brake Linings. He really enjoyed his time in London but in the mid-sixties he returned with his family to his native North-West continuing to work for Small & Parkes up until 1968 when he established L&H in Stoke-on-Trent. Which was, in his own words, “the best decision I ever made”.