Tom Walker & Sons: A History
Take a look at the history of Tom Walker & Sons. See how we have progressed from operating from a small unit on an industrial estate, to a derelict farm site, to a modern production facility, and everything else in between!
From 1982 to 1990, we worked as a regional cheese wholesaler, developing business with regional multiples and co-operatives, department stores and independent delicatessens. The consolidation in these market sectors, which began in the late 1980s, meant that we needed to change our business model from that of a regional wholesaler to a national distributor, skilled in depot deliveries with short lead times. We began this adaptation in 1991.
In 1998, we had planted 1,400 native trees over 2 hectares of land at the rear of Thorpe Leazes. To celebrate our 25th year in business in 2007, we made this area into a woodland walk, which we named ‘The Joan Walker Way’. Bird boxes were installed to encourage wildlife, together with memorial arbours for staff who have died in our service.
Celebrating 25 years in business, the Joan Walker Way was officially opened by Joan Walker herself! The grand opening took place during a party attended by staff, as well as representatives of companies that we have had relationships with for many years. The weather was perfect for the barbecue and strolling around the woodland. The day was a great way to thank those who have helped to shape the company into the thriving business it is today.