- The family firm established 1986 offering
Kingfisher calls it a day
Kingfisher, the windows, doors and conservatories specialists, have decided to close down, despite having a healthy order book Ė because they canít find staff to recruit.
John Fisher, now 87, started the company in 1986, having been sickened by the hard sell tactics of the national company he had worked for.
From humble beginnings with daughter Angie and youngest son Robert, Kingfisher grew and at various times over the following 37 years no fewer than 13 family members (including Angieís husband) have been employed and at its height they employed a force of 18.
John started in a Nissen Hut in his motherís orchard in Sand, moved to Badgworth Barns and then the former Monkeys play area at Tweentown in Cheddar before buying space at Millbatch Farm, in East Brent.
The company will complete its current orders before closing at the end of March. Existing customers are covered by their ten-year guarantee. John said: "Someone once said to me there wasnít a road in Cheddar where they hadnít seen a Kingfisher sign at some point. We made sure we looked after people's houses as our own. Weíve had thousands of customers".
Angie said despite months of advertising, they could not recruit fitters. Her husband, Peter, who is a director of the company, came out of retirement to help out.
She said: "It's been a very hard decision, but we wanted to end on a high. We could have sold it but didn't want someone then destroying our reputation."
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their support and especially their friendship over the years".
Why choose Kingfisher?
Choosing windows, doors and conservatories for your home could and should be something you look forward to. All too often however the prospect of having to endure high pressure sales visits can put something of a dampener on your enthusiasm.
Kingfisher was established in 1986. From the very start, putting any sales pressure on the customer was strictly forbidden. And it will always be so. We are a family firm, believe strongly in family values and are encouraged that our business is founded, and has grown, principally on recommendations by happy customers.
We offer a wide range of products and knowledgeable advice. We are competitively priced but will not join the game of cutting corners in order to make offers that are, for that very reason, ‘too good to be true’. We have a relaxing and comprehensive showroom (with easy parking) and home visits that put you under no obligation whatsoever. We provide detailed quotations and leave you to make decisions in your own time. We have our own, fully qualified surveying and installation teams that take great pride in their reputation for punctuality, tidiness and skill.
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What our customers say
To all the Team, thank you for a lovely job completed. The 2 fitters were a delight to have on site. Many thanks to ALL of you.”
Dear Angie and family, I just wanted to tell you how very pleased I am with my new windows, especially in the small bedroom, I could never get it very warm?. But now it's such a pleasure to go in and feel the warmth ive always wanted. In fact, I am using the room more often as it?s so comfortable. Again, many thanks to everyone, the workmen were so clean and quiet and quick!”
Dear Angie, Pete, Dan and all the Kingfisher Team, thank you so much for all your hard work and expertise in completing our wonderful conservatory extension. We are absolutely delighted with the finished building and it's made such an improvement to the house. We will definitely recommend you to all our friends for your attention to detail and quality finish.”
We'd like to thank you and the team once again for an amazing job and fantastic service and look forward to seeing you again soon to carry out the works on our garage fascias.”
Yesterday you sent us 2 engineers to sort our patio and front doors. May i congratulate you on the fact that they were two of the nicest engineers we have met, and the amazing, quick job they did, thank-you.”
How to find us
8 Mill Batch Farm, East Brent, Near Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4JN