Our History

Long history within the Midlands

A familiar name trusted by generations of Leicestershire families and tradesmen, Pochin is today bringing its expertise and outstanding service to more people across the Midlands.

Founded in 1861, Pochin’s future is inspired by its traditions of retail innovation, great products and friendly expertise.

1861 - 1912

  • 1861 Robert Pochin Snr and Jnr open Ironmongers in Granby Street Leicester
  • 1872 Goodwin Barsby Iron Foundry Acquired
  • 1881 Robert Pochin dies
  • 1910 Herbert Pochin founded the West End Adult School
  • 1912 Herbert Pochin appointed Senior partner

1922 - 1951

  • 1922 Company became Limited, owned by the four grandsons of the founder. Roy Pochin appointed Managing Director
  • 1930 Queen Street warehouse premises acquired for trade business
  • 1932 Appointed distributor of AGA Cookers by Allied Iron Founders
  • 1946 Granby Street extended and fireplace manufacturing transferred to Queen Street
  • 1951 Goodwin Barsby sold

1952 - 1970

  • 1952 Roy Pochin elected president of the National Chamber of Trade
  • 1953 Alan Pochin appointed Managing Director
  • 1961 Nigel Pochin appointed Managing Director
  • 1969 Queen Street extended and New Home Improvement Centre and Plumbers Merchant opened
  • 1970 Granby Street Shop closes its doors for the last time

1980 - 2001

  • 1980 Orry Pochin appointed Managing Director
  • 1990 Broughton & Jones acquired
  • 1992 David Pochin appointed Managing Director
  • 1999 A R Brooks acquired
  • 2000 Oakham branch opens
  • 2001 J & H Lacey of Long Eaton acquired

2005 - 2014

  • 2005 Hinckley branch of Norman & Underwood acquired
  • 2006 Murrayfield Road opens, Loughborough branch relocates
  • 2007 Market Harborough branch opened
  • 2010 Samuel Street branch opened
  • 2011 Pochin Celebrates 150 years
  • 2011 New William Street showroom opens
  • 2013 William Street Showroom is double national KBB Award winner Bathroom Retailers & Showroom of the Year
  • 2014 Plumbwares of Stourbridge acquired & Jack Hobbs of Redditch acquired

2015 - Present

  • 2015 Sales exceed £20million
  • 2015 Online sales through PlumbinBitsUK & BogBitsUK exceed £1million
  • 2016 Corby branch opened and Bigwoods of Stirchley acquired
  • 2017 William Street bathroom showroom wins the KBB Review Customer Service of the Year award
  • 2017 Kettering, Northampton, and Mansfield branches opened
  • 2018 Mike Lodge Plumbing and Heating Merchant Ltd acquired
  • 2018 Newark branch opened
  • 2019 NS Plumbing and Heating Supplies Ltd acquired
  • 2019 Cannock branch opened
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