Local man Graham Barker started Ashby Road Service Station back in 1978. With an ambition of running his own garage fuelled by his love of cars- particularly rally cars.
Graham worked seven days a week to build a large local customer base and many of them loyal customers still use the garage to this day.
By the late 90’s business really started to take off and Graham’s son Russell started to work at Ashby Road.
Ashby Road in 2004 and 2005 were rewarded for all their hard work as the then two local newspapers The Tamworth Herald and Tamworth Times used to hold business awards nights. Ashby Road won the best garage in Tamworth award and the best customer service award from both papers beating other garages in the area including main dealerships.
The business is now owned by Graham and Russell.
Russell whilst is proud of the company history, realises vehicle technology continues to change and you have to keep up to date with new technologies.
Ashby Road invest heavily in the latest diagnostic equipment and their staff undergoes annual CPD training and assessment.
Russell realises constant investment in equipment and people is essential if Ashby Road are going to keep competing with local main dealers in the future.
It is Russell’s aim to keep the tradition and values of the small family garage but to keep investing in modern technology.
Many staff over the years have helped Ashby Road keep local people’s cars roadworthy and fixing any problems that they may have had, but head mechanic Grant Harris has been with the company since 1995. Grant’s passion and continuous aim of trying to bettering himself is an inspiring trait to other workers and apprentices.
Graham still has great passion for Ashby Road and still loves to work, he is proud of the reputation the garage has built up in the local area.
Graham and the Barker family are also very proud of a new family business venture. Graham’s daughter Katy Barker has also gone into business and opened a hair salon in Tamworth.
Katy is now the proud owner of Katy Barker Hair Company in chartwell Riverside. Russell’s wife Leanne Barker also works there as head stylist and manager and many of Graham & Russell’s customers use the salon.