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#247349 Good bye from me .

Posted by Technical Tony @ Davenport on 19 June 2015 - 06:36 PM

Hello, I just wanted to add a post to say that after 18 1/2 years I am now leaving SKS .
It's been a great place to work and I will miss it loads .

Little story to get me back to me πŸ˜ƒ
When I 1st started at SKS or I should say before , my real name is Tony ...
Sadly for myself when I started at my new job the MD was called Tony
Also there was a rep on the road called Tony ..
So I agreed to have my second name of John .
Strange to me but not really my family
My Dad was called Doug , but all the family called him John
My Granddad was I think actually called John ..
So now third one in the family being called John again .
This got a little confusing when my wife also started to work for SKS for a few good years there .
I was John during work time and Tony at home ..
Now after all these years I answer to both so easily .. Lol

So back to Tony .. Technical Tony 😝 I like the sound off that more πŸ˜ƒ

I am sure I will post on here in the future but .. Think I will reopen a new user as Tony

See you all soon 🍺🍻

And again I will miss working for SKS , it's been a good 18 plus years and I wish them well
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#261601 Cobblers to depression

Posted by Stanley Mishap on 21 March 2017 - 02:11 PM

A quick update on the depression/stopping all engraving situation


I`m now 4 months in with this (including Christmas) ....and its hardly made any difference with monthly takings ....


I now come through the door and know that the biggest problem I`m gonna face that day is repairs and keys !


feeling so much better now ,and even the family notice the change .....My god I wish I`d done it years ago ....


Cheers all !

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#247708 Items customers have left in a bag or shoe for repair

Posted by hibsjo(SCO) on 03 July 2015 - 08:29 PM

i once got a pair of shoes in with the cork side up on the insoles wtf!

carry on!

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#262463 Just put this sign up - Sick of the arguments...

Posted by Stanley Mishap on 29 April 2017 - 10:29 AM

Oh - I`m so sorry everyone ....

I`m obviously way too cheap .....so I`ll double the price ...

and my explaining technique to 17 year olds with a Β£150 car , or housewives who`ve husband has given them a tenner is substandard....


As usual on this site ....if you say you don't sell Zippos anymore - then someone says `WE sell 20 a day !`

If you say you hardly cut Chubb mortice _ then someone says `I cut more now then ever !`


Well believe me lads - I`m in contact with many repairers and reps (and on the phone to warehouse guys) and the general consensus is that `SHOE REPAIRERS CUTTING TRANSPONDERS IS THE BIGGEST HEADACHE IN THE INDUSTRY ` 


A lot of us were sold very expensive key cloning machines , transponder chips and Key boards on the understanding we`d all be making money hand over fist on this unavoidable new technology


 ....well 20 years in ....myself and a loads of others I speak to are lucky if you do about 2 a fortnight ....


so if you`re doing well at it .....GOOD FOR YOU !

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#260315 Overdraft Insurance.

Posted by grahamparker on 06 February 2017 - 01:43 PM

A happy post for a change.


I have just opened a letter from our bank Natwest saying we had been incorrectly charged for overdraft insurance

which we knew nothing about. But as a result of this we have just recieved a Cheque for just short of Β£3500.


No middlemen taking a huge cut either the bank did this direct without any contact from us.


Happy Days. :grin: :grin:

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#259449 For Jimmy

Posted by chiefwiggum on 19 December 2016 - 10:44 AM

I write this on behalf of me and my family. We would like to offer a huge thank you to Lee for all he's done for the trade , via the setting up and managing of the forum. We wish him well as he starts a new venture with the bike repairing , I understand all other services will be business as usual, and feel sure the professionalism and service he provides will ensure a sound financial future.
We also thank Lee for the support he has shown to our charity ForJimmy.org over the years and also all the great support we have received from the wider independent shoe repair industry.
As you will have seen from this quarters Cutting Edge magazine , we will update our work in each issue. Our family have been dedicated to bringing good from the loss of our son and the many people who have supported us enables us to do so. Whilst I'm still a shoe repairer my charity means I don't do a lot of repairing, which I miss as I still enjoy the work, but rest assured when I'm asked I'm still a shoe repairer.So many thanks to each and everyone of you, and what this space. Merry Christmas and a Happy ( and Profitable)New Year. Barry Mizen
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#249931 PR, strike it when you can!

Posted by Lee on 29 October 2015 - 11:52 AM

I thought I'd share my stroke of luck this week.


As a lot of you are aware I have quite a large shop, I found in the past few years with the changing face of retail & the online world along with being in a secondary location that my retail sales had slid of the mountain & I've scratched my head what to do with the space for some time.

Anyway this year quite by accident I found myself repairing a puncture in a bicycle for an elderly lady & things escalated from there. I brought in some stock, initially a modest outlay & thought I'd continue dabbling with the cycle repair element & things went from there.

Now on deciding a name for this new venture I headed online to find a domain name, its getting harder & harder to find domains with a ring to them, but I found "bikespeeds.com" and then started a bikespeeds facebook group, which was really just for my local friends.

Now to my PR story!


I was reading in a magazine about a "full moon" ride that had happened somehwere else & thought "whens the next full moon, ill do that" & posted up an "event" on the facebook page, expecting a handful at most of my friends to come along. I quickly realised it was being shared all over the place & I needed to bring the shop upto scratch, I had about 4 weeks so we did some decorating, binned the entire of the old stock I had, and gave the largest percentage of retail space to bike parts. My Son Ross even helped me make & put up a new sign outside the shop. it was a manic 4 weeks. right down to new toilet seat & air fresher!

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This Tuesday we had the full moon, 7pm arrived & we opened the shop for an 8pm ride not knowing what was going to happen, I was aware there had been a lot of local chat about it & someone told me one cycle club had even had a committee meeting to decide if they should support it or not! we had an early arriver needing lights fitted. Ross (my son) and his friend Corey run a mobile disco business & they set up a speaker & lights flowing over the road outside to give some atmosphere & then we stood like lemons waiting!

at around 7.30 bikes began to fill the parade outside & by 7.45 I was beginning to think "holly s**t" & when a large local cycle club rolled down the road just after that thought, I then thought "what have I done!" it was amazing.

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We all had a great evening, people have all been sharing stories all week. it put "bikespeeds" on the map. we had around 70 riders there from all the local clubs it was a PR dream, that came out of nowhere!







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#260116 Trade Key cutting

Posted by grahamparker on 25 January 2017 - 03:12 PM

If any Trade member needs Ultion, Yale Superior/Platinum or any other keys cut to code then let me know.


We are more than happy to cut and supply them.

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#257081 Cutting Edge exhibition

Posted by Mick Friend on 06 September 2016 - 05:33 AM

I do think (and I have a vested interest) that organisers should look at their calendar and sort dates that do not clash

I have ALEX on 1/2 oct for auto locksmiths and auto key cutters/programmers etc


The shoe industry has a show same weekend

so I lost some of my regular exhibitors and they lost some that had already booked mine -

I have been advertising the dates for 2 years


Maybe ALEX and cutting edge should combine- I do have an excellent organisation for exhibitions.

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#256401 Chancers

Posted by Count Muppet on 05 August 2016 - 05:03 PM

We get the same at Timpson.
People coming in with their quality key blanks trying to say we cut it wrong.
We don't stock those good ones.
Terrible behaviour.
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#255033 A big thank you

Posted by keithm on 06 June 2016 - 10:22 AM

Hi All


Can i just publicly thank Graham at 'Parkers' for helping me out with some new patio door handles and a new 'Federal' cylinder, great service, good price and a perfect fit, oh, and the extra keys all worked :-) Very nice kit that 'Federal' cylinder ;-)


Cheers Graham, keep busy fella!!!!

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#251163 uncollected repairs

Posted by Lee on 23 December 2015 - 08:10 AM

I took a bit of delight with an order recently. I had a lady bring in 8 watches and never collect them. But I remembered her car.
eventually after 2 1/2 years I spotted her out and about.
embarrassed her in front of who she was with and she duly collected.
after payment she noticed two of the watches weren't working........
I then explained the guarantee was from the date of fitting.
bad luck bitch. You paid for two flat batteries......karma restored.
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#248157 Congratulations

Posted by robinh on 27 July 2015 - 09:33 AM

Congratulations to Al King of  The Menders, Crewkerne, who followed up his success in the JR Shoe Repairer of the year 2014 by winning the SSIA World Champion Shoe Repair Competition in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday.  Fantastic news.


And also  to Chris Froome of course for showing the world what Great Britain stands for.

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#247239 Labour Rates :)

Posted by Web_Engraver on 15 June 2015 - 09:50 AM



If only we could!!

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#262356 Whip round - thank you.

Posted by Lee on 26 April 2017 - 02:13 PM

Hi Everyone

I've just spent the afternoon with StevenB who brought the money raised in a whip round for me after I departed!

It was quite unexpected and I'd like to thank anyone who gave a something towards it.

Over the past few years things have been tricky for me I'd struggled for a bit and accumulated a bit of debt which the sale of the site cleared and with a surge in turnover from bike repairs things really are back on the straight and narrow so it will be lovely to have a little wind fall to do something nice with my family.

Since leaving the administration of the site I've not let the grass grow under my feet and last week my boys and I finished a bit of a refit here.

I felt over the past 12 months or so shoe repairing was the past and bikes the future and my shop was cramming in the future in an old designed shop.

However the refit has brought both walks of life together perfectly and now I feel back in the present again with things picking up in all directions.

So here's what I've been doing!


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#258615 Timpson robbery

Posted by hibsjo(SCO) on 08 November 2016 - 09:18 PM

offender obviously looking to gain employment in the future ;)

carry on!

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#252898 Engraving Mistakes

Posted by grahamparker on 02 March 2016 - 10:24 AM

I have seen some where the engraver has just put a row of x's over the engraving then re-engraved the line underneath.


If we had done it i would own up, buy a new band and re-engrave all the previous years.


WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, it's how you deal with them that keeps your customers coming back.

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#245480 Mobile Auto Locksmith company for sale: currently in Hampshire

Posted by tpauto on 25 March 2015 - 09:03 PM

all valid points !


just the reason why I wish to sell rather than investing more 


And "Mr Cheerful" - you have crapped on everything since my first thread, I was simply listing something for sale


you then crapped on it stating another dreamer !, then you crap on hickleys on training and selling equipment to them, then retracting on their trade practice, then lastly basically crapping that I was doing the wrong bits of the trade. 


All I can say is that ALL regions requirements and trade are different, I picked a section which covered itself, I decided that entry work was less in my region, and decided not to invest on this side. now with what I have invested another 10K+ is needed, 


with respect, you are a veteran locksmith with probably decades of experience.

In all honesty did you have all what you have stated in the beginning?


All negative replies to my simple tread of "for sale"

come on " Mr Cheerful"  be cheerful!!

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#244337 Buying Key Cutting Kit

Posted by hibsjo(SCO) on 15 February 2015 - 09:24 AM

im surprised you can wait for the answer

i for one cant be bothered with wasting my time on posts like this

carry on!

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#243779 A7 miracle real or not

Posted by daza on 25 January 2015 - 10:29 PM

as much as pete and neil been getting a battering this past while

they have always been there to help there customers and replace anything that they could often free of charge

how many of the other companys can say the same?


cant name one machine that is 100% perfect

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