Successful family firm celebrates £1m turnover

John and Trevor King in the factory with an eight-head Tajima embroidery machine
John and Trevor King in the factory with an eight-head Tajima embroidery machine
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A successful company that began as a spare-time hobby has marked its quarter century with a £1 million turnover and a move to bigger and better premises.

T. King Associates, which moved to Buckingham’s Swan Business Centre just before Christmas, makes personalised workwear and uniforms.

The firm was started by managing director Trevor King when he was over 40.

Previously sales and marketing director for Cementone Beaver in Buckingham Mr King, now aged 67, bought a machine to make promotional T-shirts to give away.

His first big order came in 1992 after he took one of his children to buy a hamster, and asked the cashier which firm supplied her polo shirt.

He wrote to the head office, who placed a trial order.

Mr King said: “Bear in mind at that stage we were probably not doing £1,000 a year. Then we suddenly started getting orders of £3,000 a month. We had all the family folding, printing, bagging, boxing and dispatching.”

Now, 25 years on, the company employs 10 staff plus two apprentices.

Mr King’s son John, aged 38, who is a fully qualified printer, is now operations director for the firm, which has invested £150,000 in its move from Buckingham Industrial Estate to bright new premises on Osier Way.

For the first time this year the company turned over £1 million and its target for next year is £1.5 million.