Long history within the Midlands

A familiar name trusted by generations of Leicestershire families and tradesmen, Pochin is today bringing its expertise and outstanding service to more people across the Midlands.

Founded in 1861, Pochin’’s future is inspired by its traditions of retail innovation, great products and friendly expertise. Our new brand and inspiring website embody our modernity and passion for service.

1861 - 1912

1861 Robert Pochin Snr and Jnr open Ironmongers in Granby Street Leicester

1872 Goodwin Barsby Iron Foundry Acquired

1881 Robert Pochin dies

1910 Herbert Pochin founded the West End Adult School

1912 Herbert Pochin appointed Senior partner

1922 - 1951

1922 Company became Limited, owned by the four grandsons of the founder. Roy Pochin appointed Managing Director

1930 Queen Street warehouse premises acquired for trade business

1932 Appointed distributor of AGA Cookers by Allied Iron Founders

1946 Granby Street extended and fireplace manufacturing transferred to Queen Street

1951 Goodwin Barsby sold

1952 - 1970

1952 Roy Pochin elected president of the National Chamber of Trade

1953 Alan Pochin appointed Managing Director

1961 Nigel Pochin appointed Managing Director

1969 Queen Street extended and New Home Improvement Centre and Plumbers Merchant opened

1970 Granby Street Shop closes its doors for the last time

1980 - 2001

1980 Orry Pochin appointed Managing Director

1990 Broughton & Jones acquired

1992 David Pochin appointed Managing Director

1999 A R Brooks acquired

2000 Oakham branch opens

2001 J & H Lacey of Long Eaton acquired

2005 - 2011

2005  Hinckley branch of Norman & Underwood acquired

2006  Murrayfield Road opens, Loughborough branch relocates

2007  Market Harborough branch opened

2010  Samuel Street trade centre opened

2011  Pochin Celebrates 150 years

2011  New William Street showroom opens

2013 - present

2013 William Street Showroom is double national KBB award winner bathroom retailers & showroom of the year

2014 Plumbwares of Stourbridge acquired & Jack Hobbs of Redditch acquired

2015 Sales exceed £20million

2015 Online sales through PlumbinBitsUK & BogBitsUK exceed £1million

2016 Corby branch opened

2016 Bigwoods of Stirchley acquired

2017 William Street bathroom showroom wins the kbb review customer service of the year award

2017 Kettering, Northampton, and Mansfield branches opened