Industry News North West

Blazing a trail for Rochdale

Abbey Architectural Ironmongers Ltd

 On 3rd August 2012, thrilled spectators gathered at Abbey Architectural Ironmongers Ltd in Rochdale to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch.

Torchbearer Andy O’Donnell visited the Lomax Street site in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK, in an event that managing director of Abbey Architectural Ironmongery Ltd, Paul Bleackley, described as ‘very exciting’.

Visitors were given the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the torch and make a donation to Cancer Research UK, whilst refreshments were also provided by Abbey Architectural Ironmongery Ltd.

 Established in 1986, Abbey Architectural Ironmongery Ltd supplies builders and joiners with door furniture, ironmongery, fixings and sealants. Along with a wide range of building products – including joist hangers and PVA bonding agents – the company also supplies power tools, signage and clothing & footwear.

Paul Bleackley, Abbey Architectural Ironmongery Ltd, said:

“We are a local company with a busy trade counter and friendly, helpful staff. We are also the only company in Rochdale to have Guild of Architectural Ironmongery trained staff, and we are both an ABS Elite Centre and an official Trend Routing Centre.

“Abbey Architectural Ironmongery Ltd moved to its Lomax Street premises three years ago, which due to the economic climate was a relatively risky move. However, we have been able to maintain both our customer base and our turnover, and hopefully as the country comes out of the recession we will continue to expand.”

Steve Graham Sales Ltd - SGS

Another Rochdale company that continues to burn brightly is architectural hardware manufacturer Steve Graham Sales Ltd, which has seen its annual turnover increase by almost 200% in the last four years. The company design and manufacture an exclusive range of aluminium, brass and stainless steel hardware to compliment any project.

Their wide range of products includes: pull handles, lever furniture, finger plates, kick plates, ventilators and architectural plates – along with a complete range of accessories. The company is currently working on a variety of exciting projects for the Ministry of Defence and the automotive, medical, education and technology sectors.


Dan Graham, Steve Graham Sales Ltd, said:


“We supply to architectural ironmongers, builders merchants and timber merchants throughout the UK and Ireland. We are also expanding our services to international clients, and we are beginning to both import and export products – with many new products in the pipelines for the New Year.

“Steve Graham Sales Ltd is a fast, reliable and ambitious family business. Our focus is on quality and making sure that our clients’ specifications are met every time. Most of our business is repeat business, and over the last four years we have seen our annual turnover rise from £750,000 to £2 million. Our ultimate aim is to increase working hours to 24 hours in order to meet the expectations of our growing customer base.

“Any customers are welcome to call us on 01706 370 931, or visit, where our friendly and efficient staff are willing to assist you with any query that you may have.”

As the country continues to fight off the recession, it is companies such as these that are allowing the construction industry to shine. Through consistently meeting client demand and engaging with the community, companies like Abbey Architectural Ironmongery Ltd and Steve Graham Sales Ltd are putting Rochdale on the map.

Paul Bleackley, Abbey Architectural Ironmongery Ltd, added:

“We are really pleased to have been involved with the event, which will hopefully raise money for Cancer Research UK. Andy has been a family friend for many years and it was an honour to have him visit our site with the Olympic Torch.”

For more information on Abbey Architectural Ironmongery, visit or call 01706 644880.

To make a donation to Cancer Research UK, please visit:

About the author

Roma Publications

Leave a Comment