Founded and became Toyota distributor Founded in 1985 by Brian Cowles, Locators secured an exclusive Distributorship with Toyota. It first settled in premises near Bournemouth.


First major Toyota Sale Locators’ principal order came soon after with Bacardi Martini in Southampton. The company quickly grew in partnership with Toyota, and their partnership would last decades.


Sold first articulated truck On the back of this partnership, Locators took a bold step in becoming one of the first-ever suppliers of articulated forklift trucks in the UK – an accolade that defined the company.


Launched Storage department In the same year, we launched a Locators Storage and racking division, to provide customers with a single source turnkey solution.


Opened Reading branch Locators secured additional territory with Toyota in 1996 and opened our Reading branch covering the M4 corridor and West London.