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About Us

In October 2016 Woolies celebrated it's 40th Anniversary, a significant milestone which we are very proud of.  We would like to thank all customers for supporting us over the years and we look forward to many more years to come.

From left to right :  Darren Patterson, Duncan Allen (Director), Ian Woolstenholmes (founder),
Caroline Woolstenholmes (founder), Louise Woolstenholmes Green (Director), Janet Parker

Woolies has a dedicated small team lead by Directors Duncan Allen and Louise Woolstenholmes Green, who will ensure that the original company policy of good, prompt friendly service along with keen prices is maintained and built on.

The Woolies Team
From top left, Ian, Duncan, Louise, Caroline
From bottom left, Phil, Janet, Darren
Janet works in the office taking orders over the telephone and invoicing so many of our customers speak regularly with Janet.  Darren works in the warehouse and Phil has now retired and we have a new team member called Lewis who is working in the warehouse, serving customers packing and despatching orders.

Woolies History

The company was started from scratch in October 1976 by Ian and Caroline Woolstenholmes from a double garage, with a nominal stock ultra keen prices and lots of enthusiasm!

After the first 18 months trading, Woolies rented space from Mike Pilbeam (Hill Climb championship car designers and manufacturers) in one of the old BRM workshops in Bourne, Lincs. The Company then purchased its present site in 1979, moved into purpose-built premises in 1980 and extended the building backwards and sideways towards the end of 1984.

Duncan joined Woolies in April 1990 and Louise joined in June 1998. Duncan and Louise are now Directors in the Company with Ian and Caroline having a less 'hands-on' role.

Click here to find out more about Ian and Caroline Woolstenholmes competition background.