On 19 May, Stamford Mayor John Dawson cut the ribbon to Kent Blaxill’s new decorative store in the town.

The company's 11th branch is located on the Stamford Trade Park, where it is based on the template developed for other new and successful Kent Blaxill branches at Fakenham and Huntingdon.

The Mayor told Kent Blaxill staff, customers and suppliers at the opening: “We are very pleased to welcome a high quality business to the town. You are arriving here at the right time because Stamford is a growth town.”

The 2,400 sq ft, three-person branch will be managed by Suzanne Digby, who has worked at the Kent Blaxill Colchester and Braintree branches.

Simon Blaxill, managing director of Kent Blaxill, said: “It has taken us 178 years to travel the 100 miles to open a branch in Stamford, so you might think we take our time, but we like to do things properly. We like to find the right locations in the right towns and we like to get the products right, with an emphasis on quality and service. But the most important thing is that you enjoy the Kent Blaxill experience. We are very excited about being here.”

The branch will stock the full Kent Blaxill range of trade and designer paints, along with colour selection areas, and will provide same-day deliveries.

James Park, Kent Blaxill’s decorative manager, said: “Close to the A1 corridor, the area has massive potential for us, with the branch able to service Peterborough as well as Stamford.”

Picture caption: The Kent Blaxill Stamford team – Colin Baxter (sales rep), Suzanne Digby (manager), Gary Eversden and Kevin Boor.