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About Us

From our humble beginnings to the thriving, successful business we are today, we have big plans for the future as we continue to grow and develop our brand - we’d like you to join us on our continuing journey…


April 1981

Machine Mart first opened its doors in Altrincham, Manchester. Selling the range of Clarke products.



Our first catalogue - 32 page publication featuring generators, power washers, compressors, garage equipment, pumps and power tools.


Nov 1986

As we grew we needed bigger premises so we put down roots in Nottingham for our growing Head Office support function, National Parts department and Service centre and another superstore.



Ten years on from our first store opening, Middlesbrough was added to our portfolio, bringing the store count to 23.

July 2001

Opened our 43rd store in Barnsley and launched the Machine Mart website - reaching out to even more customers!

Nov 2010

Saw the introduction of the Machine Mart Gift card – perfect for when you can’t quite decide on the right tool for Dad’s birthday, or that perfect Christmas gift!



Store number 58 opened its doors in Wigan.

June 2013

We introduced our Click & Collect service, bringing even more convenience for our customers!

2013 June

July 2013

MMXtra introduced - in addition to over 6000 catalogue lines, the XTRA section of the Machine Mart website now includes a further 11,000 specialist hard to find tools for just about any application.

2013 July

Nov 2015

Website re-launched with a new look and feel, making e-shopping a more satisfying experience.


Now with 65 stores and over 400 employees nationwide. Having grown somewhat from the original publication and now produced twice a year, the Machine Mart catalogue is the must have source for professional and DIY users alike.