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Hitting the target for four decades

A family supplies business located in Shropshire is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary after many years of successful growth.

Arrow County Supplies, based in Shrewsbury, are janitorial supplies specialists, serving businesses on a national level.

Founded by Allan Blackledge in 1976, selling vending ingredients and a small selection of catering disposables, the business started around the dining room table of the family home.

Further to a move to Bayston Hill and another to Longden Village in Shrewsbury under the directorship of Allan’s son, Richard Blackledge, Arrow’s head office was eventually relocated to its current site on Londgen Road in 2009.

Arrow successfully expanded its workforce, reach and offering, all directed by Richard’s son Bruce Blackledge (pictured). Arrow County Supplies now employs 50 people and services businesses throughout the United Kingdom including many hospitals, universities and leisure facilities.

Bruce said: “Without the hard work of our team and the commitment to the vision that we have as a company, Arrow County Supplies would not have grown to be the respected and trusted business that it is today.

"Our team is our greatest asset and looking after our customers is our greatest objective – these values are something that will always remain consistent no matter how large we grow. Culminating many years of hard graft by everybody, it is a great feeling to be celebrating such a significant anniversary.”


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