Sleeman & Hawken was formed in the late 1940’s by Bill Sleeman and Jack Hawken and has remained a family business. Keith Mason, the current M.D., joined from school in 1968 and has remained “at the helm” for over 50 years.
Jack Hawken left Morgan Giles shipyard in Teignmouth at the end of 1945 and worked for 6months in Salcombe. Bill Sleeman and Jack Hawken decided to form a partnership in about March or April 1946. They started their business in French Street, Teignmouth in Devon, UK, where Bill had a bicycle shop.
They traded there for a few months and then rented premises from the Quay Co on the dockside at Teignmouth. Once there, the business thrived. They both officially retired in 1968 but Jack continued to work there for another year or so. The company has gradually diversified from marine and general engineering into the supply industry.
We specialise in engine and machine spare parts but can source anything. We have developed links with small family organisations and large corporations around the world. We have even supplied customised vehicles, boats and leisure equipment. Whatever the need we are able to meet the challenge offering personal service and expertise in addition to low prices.
We represent many leading brands across diverse market sectors, our portfolio ranges from marine engines to garden machinery – motor cycles to industrial engines and our leisure department can provide sports equipment from golf clubs to tennis rackets in this respect we are UNIQUE and above all RELIABLE and TRUSTWORTHY.
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