Our History

leverbrook export

Established In 1973

Leverbrook Export Limited was established in 1973 by our founder Mr Ken Winstanley and is now a third generation family company. We would like to take this opportunity to give you a brief history of our company and to share with you the story of how Leverbrook Export was formed.

Ken was previously managing director at MacSymons Stores, a leading wholesaler/distributor to UK hotels, ships stores, schools, etc.

In 1972 Ken was made redundant from MacSymons and not having found alternative employment in the UK Ken decided to take up a new opportunity abroad. Ken travelled to Bahrain and found The Middle East, not as we know it now with it’s many 5 star hotels, quality restaurants and tourist industry, but extremely scarce of any comforts and low on infrastructure. Ken was employed as a buyer of food and drink for a new and exciting venture.

The idea was to have a cruise ship stationed just off the local territorial waters and for this cruise ship to have the top acts of the time, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, amongst others, and to offer a new cabaret experience along with fine wines and dining. An experience which had not been thought of previously and which was not available anywhere in The Middle East at that time.

Unfortunately, for various reasons, the venture did not work out and Ken left a few months later, cheque in hand. Once again, things did not work out well for Ken as the cheque ‘bounced’.

However, Ken had done enough during his time in Bahrain to make a number of good friends and contacts and he had the idea to return home and to start up a company so that he himself could supply various outlets in The Middle East.

Over the years we have developed as a company to supply many different customers and have literally thousands of products in our portfolio. However, we have never lost sight of the need to provide all of our customers with a quality service and competitive prices.