🔒 Foundation in Family: Tom's locksmithing journey began in 2006, working alongside his father, Robert, at Herne Bay Locks. The family connection not only laid the foundation for his training but also instilled a deep understanding and passion for the craft.
🗝 Guidance from Experts: Tom had the privilege of receiving training from locksmith extraordinaire Trevor Stroud, specialising in vintage lock restorations. This exposure to a variety of skills broadened Tom's expertise, making him well-versed in both general and auto locksmithing.
👨🔧 Apprenticeship and Partnership: Tom dedicated five years to honing his skills during his apprenticeship. The culmination of his hard work came when he was offered the opportunity to become a business partner with his father. This transition elevated Herne Bay Locks from a local mobile locksmith service to a business covering the entire southeast Kent region.
🚗 Expansion into Vehicle Security: The expansion wasn't just geographical; it also included a broader scope of services. Herne Bay Locks now provides a comprehensive range of vehicle security solutions, in addition to their expertise in general locksmithing.
🛍 Establishing a Storefront: In 2014, recognising the growing demand, the team opened a shop. This move allowed them to offer a more extensive range of keys, locks, and key-cutting services. The workshop became a hub for specialised lock suites, security vehicle lock fittings, key programming, lock repairs, and more.
👨🔧 Passing on the Torch: In 2018, the team took on an apprentice, Liam. Fast forward, and Liam is now a trained locksmith equipped with his own vehicle, contributing to the full range of locksmithing services provided by Herne Bay Locks.
🌟 Evolution and Growth: Tom's journey reflects not only personal and professional growth but also the evolution of Herne Bay Locks into a comprehensive locksmithing service. The combination of traditional skills, modern techniques, and a commitment to excellence has undoubtedly shaped their success.
In 2022, Herne Bay Locks embarked on a thrilling journey by moving to a larger premises in the Swalecliffe area. The decision was fuelled by our commitment to growth and providing an even better experience for our clients. Fast forward to 2024, and we're thrilled to share the latest chapter in our story.
Vehicle Trackers: Our commitment to providing top-notch security solutions led us to embrace state-of-the-art vehicle trackers. This technology offers real-time insights into the location and status of vehicles, enhancing our ability to manage logistics efficiently and ensuring the safety of assets.
Additionally, we're introducing smart locks to revolutionise access control. These cutting-edge locks bring a new level of security and convenience, allowing for remote access, detailed audit trails, and seamless integration with other systems.
Here's to the continued success and growth of Herne Bay Locks, a true testament to the artistry of locksmithing!