Impressive growth record for man of many parts

North Yorkshire businessman Dave Breckon is a man of many parts – around 20,000 of them, in fact, all destined for vending machines around the globe.
Dave heads up expanding Skipton company Vendparts, which supplies new and refurbished components for virtually all the vending machines operating in today’s marketplace.

“We are now a global company, delivering hundreds of products – from fuses and light bulbs to extractor fans and chiller units – every working day throughout the UK, Europe and beyond, some 23 countries in total,” he explains.
The former salesman took over control of Vendparts – and his own destiny – in 2003 from founder Keith Harrison, of Appletreewick, who established the company in Bradford 40 years ago. Now semi-retired, Keith still retains a hands-on involvement in the business.
The firm relocated to its current 3,000+ sq ft warehouse and distribution unit in the town’s Engine Shed Lane in November, 2003 and has successfully cemented and developed supply partnerships for OEM and replacement parts for UK and international vending machines, including US-manufactured models. Many are unique to the company.
Vendparts also sources speciality products, including bespoke lexans and unique lock numbers, with an in-house refurbishment and repair department specialising in Coin Mech and brewer units.
The company has invested in a computerised fault analysis and diagnostic system for printed circuit boards. “Our ability to be able to quickly identify and repair PCB faults is working to our benefit because companies who used to simply dispose of boards are now increasingly looking to have them repaired as they become more environmentally friendly and seek to reduce their carbon footprint,” explains Dave.
The recent launch of a website is also making a major contribution to business growth.
Specifically developed to provide an online ordering facility, the site also incorporates a search engine for locating vending machine parts, downloadable catalogues and manuals – including specific machine brands – along with parts availability enquiry and technical support facilities.
Turnover has grown year on year – up by a third since Dave, with the support of a small, but dedicated team, took over the reins at Vendparts.
“We’re playing an increasing part in meeting the needs of the UK and worldwide vending machines industry and remain well placed to underpin future opportunities and challenges for growth,” adds Dave.