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Our History

A rich retail heritage

Polypal UK started life in 1978 as Organised Storage Systems Ltd – a distributor of pallet racking based in Thornes Lane, Wakefield.

Now, over 45 years later, we’re part of the globally-acclaimed Whittan Industrial Group. Our retail journey started with us supplying and installing racking for the Asda supermarket chain. Then, as the business developed, so did our requirements. This saw us relocate to support our growing team, moving first to Batley and then to our site in Horbury.

1978

Organised Storage Systems (OSS) launched, supplying and installing racking for the Asda supermarket chain.

1990

Henry Barrett bought OSS and merged the business with Advanced Storage Systems which soon started supplying B&Q.

1991

The Safelock Racking System launched into the DIY sector under the Barrett Storage Systems brand.

1994

Henry Barrett Group sold Barrett Storage to Wagon PLC which also owned Link51 as part of its Storage Products Division.

1996

Wagon PLC merged Barrett Storage Systems with Polypal and the business was rebranded under the Polypal UK brand.

2002

Whittan Industrial Group acquired Wagon PLC’s Storage Products Division.

2008

Whittan acquired HiStore, adding to its expanding brand portfolio and integrating retail customers Travis Perkins and Wickes into the Polypal business unit.

2015

Polypal UK as part of the Whittan Group is acquired by the Bregal Fund 111 L.P, advised by leading private equity investment group EMK Capital.

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2018

We welcome the TP Group as our sole partner for inspection repairs and maintenance for the whole estate 1500 plus branches.

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2021

Polypal starts to supply Howdens with pallet racking and bespoke fittings and accessories to their growing estate.

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2022

Polypal becomes a supplier to Jewson for repairs and maintenance for their northern and Scottish region of 300 branches.

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2023

New Polypal logo revealed, part of our marketing strategy to communicate our passion for retail.

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2023

Polypal are appointed by Tesco for project management and installation services.

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