Western Supply was established in 1965 by Acky Callaway & Den Dagley. The two tradesmen spotting a gap in the market, bought a field in the village, and decided to sell some of the building materials they used during their working week, at the weekends. This was mainly second-hand timber, or basically anything they believed would return a profit.
It proved to be a shrewd move as the popularity of their new business quickly grew; leaving them at a crossroads. With working 7 days a week on two businesses being unfeasible, they had to decide between staying as full-time tradesmen, or expanding their new reclamation venture. They chose the latter; and that was the start of Western Supply the Builders Merchants!
Over the years the company continued to grow and when Den decided to retire, Acky’s son Mike - who had been working for the company for several years at this time - bought Den's share of the business. Mike and Acky worked happily in partnership for many years. During this time Mike took more control - and as the majority partner - the transition from second hand reclamation business to a more modern-day Builders’ Merchant, took its natural course. The customer base, and therefore the company, grew and grew. Acky with his natural wit and humour was never far away though. Not only had the merchant become a fantastic place for local tradesmen to buy their goods, but also a great place for many infamous, and much-loved Cornish characters, to meet for a natter, and have a good old laugh. Something that Acky believed was equally as important as the custom itself.
Some years on (circa 2008) another natural transition occurred, when Mike’s son Tom joined the company. Tom now manages the business alongside Mike, with other family members playing an important part too. This family core - plus a team of brilliant staff - has created a happy merchant who loves helping the people of North Cornwall, with all their building and home improvement needs.
Continuing to grow and evolve, the business has moved away from some of its more traditional working methods, whilst at the same time never forgetting its roots and what made the company successful in the first place. Western Supply now offers a plethora of building supplies, timber, paint and decorating goods – offering a service to compete with any builders’ merchant trading in North Cornwall.
Western Supply 1988