The history of Kempston Radiators

The company was originally formed just after the First World War by two brothers Elwyn and Guy Davies who had both served time in France (Somme) as army engineers repairing trucks and machinery which included the repair of radiators. Their business was called The Conquest Radiator Company named after the street where their workshop was based.

The company name changed to Davies Bros when they moved premises to Kempston Mill in the 50's and the brothers continued working up until their retirement, during this period Roger Shoosmith had been working for Guy and Elwyn after school and at weekends taking care of their garden and working within the radiator workshop. Roger took over the business on the brothers' retirement in 1973 and changed the name to Kempston Radiator Repairs continuing to trade at The Mill until 1986 when the company moved to purpose built premises on the Woburn Road Industrial Estate.

Steve Shoosmith joined the company in 1984 aged 16, the plan was to do this as a summer job before returning to further education, by the end of the summer his decision had changed and Steve was taken on as the company's first employee, a father and son team.

In 1986 the decision was made to drop 'repairs' from the company name and it became Kempston Radiators, this was due to the fact that up to this point repairs was the only service we could offer but with the move to larger premises we were able to stock and distribute new radiators as well.

1988 saw Roger's youngest son Andrew join the company, again straight from school, along with Roger's recently retired father Jack. Jack had retired as a lorry driver from London Brick Company and became Kempston Radiators first delivery driver.

Over the next 9 years Kempston Radiators continued to grow and take on more staff, during this period Andrew had demonstrated an interest in mechanical repairs and in 1997 the directors made an acquisition of a local garage called Gavin Motors based at old Elstow Storage Depot, Andrew went on to take control of the daily running, the name was changed to Gavin Fleetcare and in 1999 the company moved to purpose built premises on the Woburn Road Industrial Estate.

As Kempston Radiators continued to expand it was obvious it had outgrown its premises and in 2010 we moved to new premises which is the site we occupy today, this has allowed us to offer a wide range of services.

It's been an interesting journey!