1919

The Beginning of a Family Company

Bert Draper, our founder, and his wife Emily

1920s

Tool Delivery 1920s Style

With the automobile expansion, Draper Tools could deliver more efficiently

1940s

Business as Usual

B.Draper & Son Limited continues to grow its trading in Kingston upon Thames, London

1950s

Tool Delivery 1950s style

As larger vehicles became more popular, so did our deliveries

1960s

Deliveries 1960s Style

Soon, there were whole fleets dedicated to getting the Draper product out to the nation

1961

The First Draper Tools Catalogue

An essential marketing tool, the first Draper Tools catalogue marks a moment of progress and expansion

1963

Draper Tools Relocates

With the increase of business and cramped conditions and Kingston, Norman purchases the freehold rights to the current premises in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire at auction

1980s

Business as Usual in Hampshire

The Draper name continues to grow and by now, the third generation, John Draper, has already been involved with the business for over a decade

1984

Sponsorship of Southampton FC

Draper Tools signs a sponsorship deal with Southampton FC and end up sponsoring the club for nine years between 1984 and 1993. (Pictured L to R: John Draper, Guy Askham, Norman Draper, Lawrie McMenemy)

2006

Chandler’s Ford Reaches Full Capacity

With business expanding, Chandler’s Ford reaches capacity, leading to the outright purchase of the North Baddesley site, in preparation for the new warehouse facility

2009

New Warehouse Completion

The new warehouse facility in North Baddesley is completed, allowing for further growth

2010

Draper Tools and Poole Pirates

Draper Tools begins to get seriously involved in motorsports with sponsorship of a local speedway team, the Poole Pirates

2011

Official Tool Partner

The association with motorsports continues, with Draper Tools becoming the official tool partner to Santa Pod Raceway, home of European Drag Racing

2012

Further Motorsport Support

As the company’s automotive range continues to expand, so does it’s support and involvement with the motorsport industry. Draper Tools signs a deal with Joe Osbourne, driving for Trackspeed in the Avon Tyres British GT

2013

The Wolverine

Further exciting collaborations continue and Draper Tools signs a partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and its new film ’The Wolverine’ starring Hugh Jackman.

2015

Caterham Motorsport

With automotive at the heart of the business, Draper Tools becomes the Official Tool Partner to Caterham Motorsport and kits out their workshop with the latest Draper tools and accessories. This partnership was forged after directors Joe and Tom Draper raced at the academy in 2014 having used Draper Tools to build their own cars

2016

Apprenticeships

Keen to support young apprentices in the trade, Draper Tools begins a campaign of supporting colleges and students. They provide South Essex College with nearly £8000 worth of tools for their new construction centre

2017

New Ranges and Systems

The innovative new socketry range, featuring over 600 new products, is one of the largest product launches to-date. This coincides with a new state-of-the-art warehouse management system at Chandler’s Ford, leading to increased productivity and efficiency.

2018

Product Innovation

Draper Tools never stops with new product innovation and 2018 sees several exciting launches including a new range of engine timing tools and the Storm Force 20v Interchange power tools series

2019

Celebrations!

Draper Tools turns 100 and celebrates the milestone with regular competitions, promotions and special edition products. Their enthusiasm for motorsport also continues with the sponsorship of British Touring Car Championship team, Excelr8 Motorsport

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