Spitalfields Oldest Family Business
Gardners story begins with Paul’s Great Grandad James. James initially decided to set up a business specialising in scale repairs, catering for the many market traders working within Spitalfields at the time. This business prospered during these times and prided itself on its customer service and product knowledge.
Four generations later much of Gardners remains the same. Paul Gardner has followed in the footsteps of his ancestors James, John, Bertie, Roy and Vera in keeping the family business alive, much to the delight of many of the local residents.
Like many traditional family businesses Gardners customer service and product knowledge is second to none. Paul has been working in the business for over forty years and during this time he has built up extensive knowledge of the industry. Whether you’re a new business starting up, an established one looking for a new product or a one off buyer Paul can give you the help and advice you need in a friendly informal manner.
Gardners also has the advantage of being able to sell its products in small quantities and the shopfront allows you to see the product prior to purchase. Many businesses are attracted to Gardners is because they are able see the items before buying them in small quantities at affordable prices.
Speaking to the minister of small businesses at 10 Downing Street after being included in 100 best small businesses.
In 2013 Paul, like many of the small independent businesses in the area became under pressure due to the increase of rent rates. Gardner's became a focal point for local businesses to protest about the increase in rates, and after a high profile media campaign managed to secure a rental agreement to allow the business to continue. This campaign led to the creation of the East End Trade Guild, an alliance of 300 small independent businesses of which Paul is the founding member. Gardners has featured in 'Small Biz 100' leading to Paul showcasing his products at Downing Street. Paul also personally delivered a petition signed by 10,000 regarding the huge increase in Tower Hamlets and Hackney business rates.
Gardners featuring on BBC news regarding business rate increases.
In recent years Gardner's has been featured in several media outlets, discussing issues such as the use of plastic over paper bags and increasing rent and business rates within London. Gardners has featured on Spitalfields Life, BBC London news, Channel 4 News, ITV news, Inside Out London, the Guardian and the Economist amongst others.
Pictured with Sadiq Kahn Mayor of London during an East End Trades Guild event.