Derek Campbell Exhaust & Tyre Centre first opened its doors on June 1st 1978. Located on Yarm High Street, we set out on a fantastic professional adventure all those years ago and we are now overwhelmed and delighted to be celebrating our 40th birthday.
For as long as anyone could remember, there had been a workshop on the high street. We rented the garage from Jack Rowley. Old Jack was honest, reliable and a true gentleman. We never could have imagined how successful and rewarding our journey would be as we signed a 20-year lease that day. Due to the combined efforts of our dedicated staff and valuable and loyal customers these past four decades have gone by in the blink of an eye.
The tyre industry was so simple back then. Every car on the road was equipped with crossply and radial tyres which were sold in limited sizes. Basic equipment, steel wheels and good old muscle power were all that was needed. Times of course change and all industries have seen major evolution in every way and the once humble tyre fitter now faces great responsibility to ensure each vehicle operates safely and delivers optimal performance. Mistakes can seriously impact vehicular and road safety and from the complexity of vehicle specific compound, the introduction of alloy wheels and diverse profiles and sizes to pressure sensor systems for the careful and accurate monitoring of tyre pressure there is simply no room for error.
Our team is made up of skilled professionals that have supported the business every step of the way. I am immensely proud of each of them and we are a family business through and through. Along the way we have enjoyed and endured all that life brings. From marriages, births and momentous occasions to divorce, bereavement and significant steps forward within the sector such as computerisation of our whole system, relocation, health and safety legislation implementation and so on. Online transactions have enabled our business to expand but I firmly believe that we remain a service industry at the core and we maintain a wholehearted commitment to taking care of every need of our customers.
I never could have dreamed that we would still be delivering our services 40 years later and by the same token I do not plan on retirement. I am as dedicated to my business, staff and customers as I ever was and I am proud to still love my work after all this time. Providing the finest service possible is our top priority and we enjoy fantastic relationships with customers, delivery drivers, suppliers and all our wonderful associates.
Wishing all customers, staff and suppliers a successful 2018 and we thank you for your unending support. Happy Birthday to us!