The Johnsons Story
Joseph Johnsons’ first venture: a glass, china and earthenware dealer in the town of Northwich. Evolving his franchise, Joe purchased a working horse and cart and began delivering coal in the winter and home removals in the summer.
The company’s fleet of horse and carts delivered coal in the winter and moved Cheshire homes in the summer. Over the years the company became best known for high levels of service delivery, and this reputation still remains today.
For over 20 years the Johnsons family name and reputation grew locally throughout the community and the family purchased their first warehouse.
Johnsons became an integral part of the community, taking part in fetes and fayres, similar to how we feature at events today.
Moving on from horse and cart, Johnsons began to expand its fleet and purchased motor-vehicles to assist with its expanding business activity.
Never standing still, Johnsons began evolving the workforce and ventured into specialist relocations for the first time.
Johnsons was sold to the Crozier family in 1968 and their main Cheshire office was moved down the road to the village of Winsford.
Roger Ferguson purchased Johnsons and kept the business based at the old Methodist Church in Winsford until 1987.
In January the first warehouse was built in Winsford, featuring 5,000sq ft of space. This expanded to 10,000sq ft in September of the same year.
By creating a space for businesses to thrive, a commercial arm to the company was forged and Johnsons Business Moves was born. The original primary base for commercial relocations was Derby as we partnered with fellow removals company UTS until 2001.
Johnsons acquisitioned Intermove and merged the Johnsons name with the Intermove horizon, now an industry recognised logo feature, and in 2001 our first yellow vans were delivered providing us with the most eye-catching vehicles on the road.
20 years to the day since buying the business, Roger sold the business to Andi and Wendy Sinclair and Alick and Karen Willis.
Following the successful completion of several project management outfits and after undertaking one of the biggest projects in the history of the University of Manchester our Johnsons Project Management division was born.
Business innovation, evolution and expansion were beginning to define the shape of the workforce. 2014 saw our first London branch open in Leyton before relocating to Wembley and in 2015 we made steps to relocate our Senior Management team back to our roots in Northwich.
Culminating our year of expansion and innovation we forged a focus on laboratory and chemical relocations and Johnsons Laboratory Logistics was created.
By introducing Johnsons Installation Services into the family, we found we could offer our customers a complete turnkey solution to their relocation requirements from inception through to completion.
A management buyout by Gareth Hilton and Warren Hamlin strengthened the expansion and pioneering success of Johnsons.
Market research into temporary storage solutions lead to the founding of Storple; a storage solution made simple by negating the need to hire a van or make multiple trips to a self-store.
As Johnsons expanded into a new era, we created a new logo which maintained the crux of our heritage with a modern twist.
The start of an exciting year; our office and warehouse in Winsford undertook a major refurbishment which we were able to incorporate elements of our heritage in to.
Our Derby branch also became home to a training centre housing our dedicated Training and Quality Manager in an industry first step to showcase our commitment in ensuring our employees receive the very best, bespoke training for their jobs.
Accolading our continuous success in the industry, we were awarded the Grafter’s Awards for ‘Best Specialist Contractor’ for a consecutive year and picking up the ‘Northern Roots, National Reach’ award proving our expansion has and continues to be a success.