HISTORYThe history of Lakeland Tyres dates back to the 1960’s,
when Jim Frazer worked for Dunlop Tyres in Belfast. Independent tyre retailers were very new back in 1970 when Jim used his vast tyre industry experience opening the first depot from a small garage premises in Pound Lane- Lisnaskea, initially starting under the name Erne Tyres. By 1973 the Lakeland Tyres name was established, the Lisnaskea branch had moved to the main street under the management of Jim’s brother Alex, whilst the new Henry Street depot in Enniskillen had also, run by brother- Dessie who had also worked in Dunlop. Dessie’s son Adrian was often seen in that depot from age 8, fitting up tyres with his dad, and earned the nick-name Corgi as he loved fitting lorry tyres. “Those were different times” said Adrian. “The Enniskillen premises was really very basic. The customers used to drive in underneath a house and the tyres would be dropped down through a hole in the first floor. It was very manual in those days, all with levers, and the truck tyres used to have big locking rings to grapple with.” By 1985 Alex and Dessie took complete control of Lakeland Tyres, and Jim had now set up Carryduff Tyres, still successfully run by his family today.
Fermanagh business was growing, especially as Adrian brought his drive to the business. “There was a move to 231A Main Street Lisnaskea in 1991, and I started to work on the haulage side of the business. About then we brought in the first break-down van- a glorious Talbot Express! There were only two employees then, a long way from where it is today with twenty fresh vans and nearly fifty employees. We also started big into alloy wheels in the 90’s and sold over 100,000 TSW Stealths alone. I must admit that was a passion of mine at the time!” The agricultural market has always been well serviced at Lakeland Tyres, and the alloy wheels also extend to the shiny mirror polished Alcoa wheels used in truck fleets. DFDS, Liam Connolly Road-Freight, Balcas, Quinn Group, Strathroy Diaries, Norfolk Line these are companies using Lakeland Tyres service for their fleet management programmes, and due to the growth in 2002 the company had to move again to old factory premises in Lisnaskea. By 2009 a purpose built 30,000 square foot tyre depot and head-quarters was assembled in Lisnaskea, the second largest depot in the UK, and two years later a new Enniskillen branch on the Derrychara road beside Asda’s and Tesco’s opened. 2015 is a significant year for the company with the new 18,000 square foot depot opening in the Belfast area at Mallusk, and a new Portadown depot following on its heels giving the company a more wide-spread distribution across the province. With the group employing almost 60 staff province-wide, and 27 vans on the road, providing rapid response break-down cover, it’s a significant commitment, which is backed up by continual excellent levels of customer service- something that is a core value of Lakeland Tyres. ..
how we work?
At Lakeland Tyres we strive to bring the best tyre brands and prices to our local customers and ensure their tyre safety at all times. With our Agricultural Tyre Service we offer all the on site fitting with many payment options. Our dedicated Commercial fleet business keeps all our transport partners on the road and will visit onsite for their convenience.