We are a family-owned, fast-growing online retailer, founded in 2005 by cousins Andrew and James - hence our company name!
Specialising in kitchen equipment and gadgets, we also supply a wide range of handy items and accessories for the home, garden, and even for your pets! We currently stock around 500 products and our range is growing all the time.
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In 2005, ambitious cousins Andrew Tomlinson and James Buckle had the idea of starting a business based around home cooking. It all began at a dinner party at James’ home, where the guests enjoyed using a raclette grill that had been bought in Germany. Although popular in Europe, the dinner party guests struggled to find the same grills available in the UK. The cousins saw an opportunity, sourced an international supplier, and with their first order of 3,000 grills, Andrew James was born.
The raclette grills proved popular, resulting in additional shipments and more boxes piling up, so in 2007 the cousins moved into their first business premises and hired their first employees. Taking part in trade shows up and down the country increased business further still, and soon new products were added to the Andrew James range.
Two years down the line and with increasing customer demand and an ever-growing product range, Andrew James made a move to larger premises with more warehouse space and room for new employees too.
Fast forward to 2012 and the warehouse and offices that Andrew James still occupy today. This particular space has seen a massive change in the company, including the introduction of the media and marketing teams and the HR department, development of the brand image and logo, a brand new website, an automated warehouse system and numerous improvements in the customer service process.
Having outgrown our current offices, Andrew James has acquired not one but two new premises, to form a new headquarters in Seaham, County Durham. The warehouse boasts a whopping 125,000 sq. ft. in floor space and will undergo an extensive conversion to install the latest warehousing technology. The neighbouring offices will also be refurbished and will include product testing facilities, an on-site photography and video studio, meeting spaces to inspire creativity, and modern, open plan work areas.
Andrew James is extremely proud to have been honoured with several business awards over the years. Our overflowing trophy cabinet is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone at Andrew James, and it means a lot to have such prestigious recognition at both a regional and national level.