DIY firm nailed-on for gong?

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:08 29 January 2016

Exmouth Power Tools staff (L to R) Matt Ryan, Gary Wright (owner) and Adrian Tansley.

Exmouth Power Tools staff (L to R) Matt Ryan, Gary Wright (owner) and Adrian Tansley.


An Exmouth-based tools specialist has been shortlisted for a ‘prestigious’ industry award following a ‘landmark’ year.

Independent retail business Exmouth Power Tools, in Pound Lane, which recently celebrated its 25th year of trading, has been shortlisted in the 2016 DIY Week Awards - a national event to mark the ‘very best’ of the DIY industry.

Exmouth Power Tools’ directors, Gary and Val Wright, will be attending next month’s black tie event, being held in Coventry, as one of two finalists in the tool retailer of the year category.

The DIY Week Awards were created to recognise and reward the businesses responsible for product and service innovation in the DIY sector; plus those with outstanding commitment to customer service.

Gary said: “It’s an honour to have been named as a finalist in the DIY Week Awards for this year.

“We have been chosen over many other competing retailers, which we believe is in recognition of not only what we have achieved over recent years, but also the efforts we continue to put in to delivering great products and service to our customers.”

Val said: “This is a very prestigious award that reflects the hard work that all of the staff at Exmouth Power Tools have put in to help us get on the shortlist.

“We have had an exciting time in recent months, celebrating our 25th anniversary year in business in Exmouth, and gaining some unexpected national press coverage when we came to the aid of a local gentleman by repairing his prosthetic limb.”

Exmouth Power Tools last year turned Good Samaritan and hit the headlines, going the extra mile for amputee Dave Parr, of Budleigh Salterton, who faced a three-month wait in a wheelchair because his prosthetic leg was broken.

When Dave called in on the team, asking for help keeping him mobile while a replacement limb was made, Gary and his team got to work.

Within half an hour, they succeeded in getting Dave back on his feet at no cost.

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