A (not-so) brief history of Woodpecker UK Ltd
We are all a product of our past experience and this is mine…
Woodpecker UK Ltd. is a company registered in England which is owned and operated by Colin Wood. (Thats Me!) I grew up in Manchester, England and from a very early age, while my friends were out playing football or sat on the couch watching Scooby-Doo I elected to spend most of my time in the garage with my hard working, self employed mechanic father, to whom I will be forever grateful for the mechanical knowledge, technical ingenuity, attention to detail and can-do attitude that he instilled in me. My wonderful, tireless mother looked after us and my sister without question. When we had a deadline to meet, perhaps a truck needed a new clutch fitting before the next morning so as its owner could meet his own delivery deadline, me and dad would continue to work until the job was done right, then we would walk back in the house exhausted, late in the evening, covered in oil and grease and sit down to a wonderful home cooked meal. This may not be an average family scenario, but it worked well for us, and I believe it has made me a better person with a great attitude to work. My parents did good and I admire them immensely. 🙂 x
I left school at 16 and got an apprenticeship working on heavy machinery as a maintenance fitter during which time I attended technical college and attained the City & Guilds Silver Medal award for MEM205/2, arguably my best academic achievement! I loved the job and the people I worked with, but after 5 years in the same place, I wanted a change of scenery so I got a job alongside my brother in-law as a recovery driver, attending vehicle breakdowns and serving the police RTA rota for the South Manchester area. I passed my Heavy Goods Vehicle driving test and In 1989 the company bough a new covered transporter which was to be my own truck where I got to transport all the vintage and classic cars around the country Throughout that time I had handled a huge range of very special vehicles from say a £1,000,000 worth of Ferrari F50, through classic V12 E-Type Jaguars through to a 1906 Supercharged Bentley racing car, bought for £750,000 (Can’t imagine what they would be worth in todays market) After a disagreement with my cheating crook of a boss (who subsequently went bankrupt under different names no less than 4 times, costing other companies a huge amount of money in the process) I had another couple of jobs in transport and mechanic based roles, then on to maintenance manager for a local coach company where I obtained my bus and coach driving licence. The owners split up, one left (the one with the brains) and the remaining one had no idea how to run the company. Every cloud has a silver lining though as this led me to look for something else and I applied for a job with Dentmaster UK Ltd. I started training with them back in January 1994, together with the owner Lance (who was undoubtedly the best boss anyone could wish for – hard but fair!) and his first three technicians Robbie, Reza and Andy, my fellow trainee Paul and I were the 4th and 5th technician for what was to become a hugely successful company. In 1996 I was made regional manager for the UK North and by the time I left in 1999, there were 26 technicians in that region, around 120 throughout the UK as a whole, replicated through 5 countries around Europe. When Dentmaster UK was merely 5 or 6 years old, we were the biggest and best PDR company outside the USA and was bought out by an american company called Dent Wizard at which point, I left and became self employed, as did many of my colleagues, with whom I still keep in regular contact.
In May 1999, Woodpecker UK was born and in 2013, we incorporated and became ‘Woodpecker UK Ltd.’ In June of 2017 my partner and I moved with our two sons to North Lincolnshire where we are looking forward to the next chapter in the Woodpecker story. We currently specialise in the repair of dents in vehicles that have been caused by hailstones, which usually means working in and around Europe each summer, though with the changing climate, the UK is increasingly witness to some of this damaging hail each year. Outside hail season we are available for the repair of minor impact dents to private cars, vans and trucks to local private individuals, trade and fleet customers together with the handful of extremely loyal customers that travel to us from far and wide or wait patiently for the time when we can visit them to have their dents repaired by the company they have known and trusted for decades.
We truly believe that every day is a school day and we are always learning new skills, trialling new emerging technology to see if it can further our industry or trying to find alternative and better ways to do things. We proudly network with other like minded professionals from across the world, sharing information and pushing each other forward ensuring that we are always up to date with the best techniques and processes with the aim to give the best possible service to our customers. We attend training courses, seminars and openly invite external examination to ensure our place in World Class Paintless Dent Repair services and we are proud to say we are accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry so you can be assured of a quality service by an experienced professional.
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