Report and pictures by Kirsty Dawson
A FAMILY-RUN DIY store has launched in Gosport with the aim of filling a `gap in the market`.
The new shop, based at unit 37, Basepoint Business Centre, Aerodrome Road, was officially opened on Monday by MP Caroline Dinenage. It hires out and sells everything from tape measures to 1 tonne diggers, cement mixers and turf cutters. The shop also provides delivery.
Gosport Plant and Tool Hire is owned by Andy Bottriell, a former self trading builder and handyman with almost 20 years experience in the field of home improvements.
He is not doing it alone though and has had help and support from all kinds of enthusiasts, including 97-year-old Geoff Rushton, a friend of the family but also a multi-talented former Regional Director of Barclays Bank, World War Two Bomber Command pilot and a past mayor of Gosport. Geoff has provided his years of experience and knowledge to support the accounting team – Andy’s sister Jo Finch and his 17-year-old daughter Georgia.
Andy said: “I was taking on jobs and my head was saying, ‘I can still physically do it but my knees have said, enough’ s enough’.
“I had in my mind there’s a gap in the market for a couple of years so why not start something new?
“I owe it to my family, my mum and dad – we wouldn’t be going if it wasn’t for them, our friend Geoff’s advice and encouragement. A lot of thanks to Georgia; she has not stopped on the laptop!”
MP Caroline said: “It was fantastic to join Andy and his family team for the opening of Gosport Plant and Tool Hire. They have a great location, a wide range of items for both professional and DIY use and huge focus on customer service. I wish them every success.
“Small businesses really are the lifeblood of our economy and our resilient community spirit. This pandemic has been such a difficult time for business so it is great to see something so positive come out of it and I urge everyone to support our local businesses where they can.”
To find out more about Gosport Plant and Tool Hire visit www.gosporttoolhire.co.uk.