A short history and tour of the building we’ve made home

Kitlocker has moved homes…the move reflects our desire to grow and innovate our service in order to delight new and existing customers, and it just so happens that the building we’ve made our new home is steeped in the history of innovative production.

Our new premises was, for many years the home of TSL Turton, a family owned company who made coiled springs for a variety of industries. Based in the heart of Sheffield’s industrial district, they fiercely embody the heritage of Sheffield and have been in industry for over 135 years.tsl032-copy

To have made a building so symbolic of Sheffield’s pioneering manufacturing history our home is an inspiration to all here at Kitlocker. The workforce of TSL strived to help put Sheffield on the map for its industrial output and represented (and continue to represent) the best of British manufacturing.
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We now want to carry on the proud heritage the building symbolises, as we embark on the newest chapter of our story. So without further ado, we will begin your guided tour of our new home…P1000181

We think the new signs look great, which is some compensation for the relentless sounds of drilling the office had to endure for a day!Artwork-for-moving-blog-1

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Our showroom wasn’t much to show off about when we first arrived…artwork-for-blog-move-2The production lines in this building have changed over the years, but the values this building embodies remain consistent.P1000198

Some before shots…IMG_1446…and after shots!P1000192We wanted to create a work space that inspired our employees, and that did justice to the fantastic views that surround the office. We love the industrial chic look!artwork-1000

Day to day business has changed and ours looks far less exciting…even with a good camera effect.artwork-blog-5

But at least our surplus stock is easier to store!

The Neepsend/Shalesmoor area has been home to Kitlocker.com for the last 7 years, and below are a few of the reasons that we love it so much!desktop_low_res_0015a

Great lunch and coffee at The Grind, and loads of cracking pubs…what more could we want!

We need to make a special mention to Archive Sheffield, and the work of the late (and great) Clive Egginton. For more information please visit Archive Sheffield and TSL Turton.

A big thank you to the guys at City Estates for all the hard work in getting the building looking ship-shape.

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