Family business in Gloucestershire celebrates 40-year anniversary

Howard Burr managing director of South West Specalised Tapes in Gloucestershire

Like many start-up businesses, South Western Specialised Tapes had humble beginnings in a double garage attached to the family home.

Now the Gloucestershire company is celebrating its ruby anniversary this year and is one of the leading distributors of adhesive tape in the region for brands such as global manufacturer tesa.

Peter and Kay Holmes began the company working from their home in a small hamlet in Oxfordshire. The business quickly outgrew the garage and as a result moved to an industrial unit in Witney.

After Peter’s sudden death in 1986, Kay ran the business alone until their son-law Howard Burr, who married their daughter Jane, joined the firm as sales manager in 1995.

Howard quickly spotted opportunities to provide a wider range of products with a faster and more efficient service to their customers and so with the continuing expansion of the business saw its relocation to Gloucester before moving to its current site in Cirencester.

Today, South Western Specialised Tapes (SWST) is recognised as a major supplier to the automotive, industrial, communications, construction and signage sectors and has continued to diversify with the opening of a label printing division to become a prominent supplier of labels.

They are a leading distributor of global adhesive tape manufacturer tesa

Reflecting on four decades in business, Howard Burr, now Managing Director said: “We have been improving appearance, performance and production times for over 40 years. Our relationship with tesa started at the very beginning and we are confident it will continue to flourish.”