Our History

112 Years of quality service

Cooper and Berry was founded in 1906 when Maurice Cooper and Fred Berry joined forces as plumbers and iron mongers. Their original trade was as gas fitters, as gas lighting had become the “in thing”.  At this time a plumber not only had to know his own trade but be a glazier and a heating engineer as well.  Their partnership dissolved on 1913 but the business thrived with Maurice as chairman, his two sons and George Payne it became a family business.  They played their part in the war effort as roofing lead and cast iron work was invaluable in the making of metal handles for tanks.

The company moved to Central Avenue in 1951, gradually evolving their trade to suit a new generation. In 1962 Chris Bagshaw joined the firm as an office junior and learned the trade eventually leading the company to become a specialist plumber’s merchant.  In 2000 Chris bought the company with his wife Kathryn and six years later it celebrated its 100th birthday.

Simon Robinson & Tim Buckthorpe were made directors after working their way up from the trade counter and in 2018 took over the business when Chris decided it was time to retire.

Cooper and Berry gives a friendly unique personalised service and their long serving employees give a familiarity to their clients which ensures the fine reputation it enjoys today.

…a family business

Ensuring durability, reliability and long life

Cooper and Berry was founded in 1906 when Maurice Cooper and Fred Berry joined forces as plumbers and iron mongers. Their original trade was as gas fitters, as gas lighting had become the “in thing”.  At this time a plumber not only had to know his own trade but be a glazier and a heating engineer as well.  Their partnership dissolved on 1913 but the business thrived with Maurice as chairman, his two sons and George Payne it became a family business.  They played their part in the war effort as roofing lead and cast iron work was invaluable in the making of metal handles for tanks.

The company moved to Central Avenue in 1951, gradually evolving their trade to suit a new generation. In 1962 Chris Bagshaw joined the firm as an office junior and learned the trade eventually leading the company to become a specialist plumber’s merchant.  In 2000 Chris bought the company with his wife Kathryn and six years later it celebrated its 100th birthday.

Simon Robinson & Tim Buckthorpe were made directors after working their way up from the trade counter and in 2018 took over the business when Chris decided it was time to retire.

Cooper and Berry gives a friendly unique personalised service and their long serving employees give a familiarity to their clients which ensures the fine reputation it enjoys today.

…working their way up to Directors

Our milled sheet lead is made up into many items used in the building industry

Simon Robinson & Tim Buckthorpe were made directors after from the trade counter and in 2018 took over the business when Chris decided it was time to retire.

Cooper and Berry gives a friendly unique personalised service and their long serving employees give a familiarity to their clients which ensures the fine reputation it enjoys today.

For further information regarding any of our services or products, please contact the office on 0115 960 4109 or email: simon@cooperandberry.co.uk or tim@cooperandberry.co.uk