Tennants UK Ltd.

General Enquiries: 0115 9738080
Number Plates: 0115 9738084
Highway Equipment & Signs: 0115 9738088
Reflective Solutions: 0115 9738087


Posted: 30/07/2018 09:00:45 By: WebMaster

Henry Hewetson

Henry Hewetson

It was a humble tea & coffee merchant that introduced England to the first petrol driven car in 1894. When Henry Hewetson was on a visit to Mannheim he was so impressed by Carl Benz’s Patent Motorwagen that he immediately ordered a two-seater model. His fervour for the automobile became so infectious his business partner Walter Arnold couldn’t help resist investing in this promising new venture.

Henry and Walter became the English concessionaire for Benz cars in the beginning of 1895. They commenced trading as the Arnold Motor Carriage Co in Mark Lane, London, subsequently registered as Hewetsons.

1896 Motor show poster

In 1896 The Motor Show exhibited horseless carriages, both electric and oil vehicles attended with pros and cons respectively. It would be the petroleum fuelled vehicle, however, that took the world by storm in the 20th Century. The show was also responsible for introducing Daimler’s first British built motor carriage, the forerunner of the modern day car.

Orafol headquarters in Oranienburg

Just like the motor vehicle, our need to find the best reflective product for the automotive aftermarket and signs industry led us to Germany. Nestled within the beautiful countryside of Oranienburg, we witnessed a technology like no other. We were so excited by the potential of ORAFOL’s Oralite Reflective that we couldn’t wait to push it to the UK market.

With the gusto of Henry Hewetson and foresight of Arnold, the Chairman of Tennants UK nurtured a prominent relationship that stills stands today. We are the Master Distributor of Oralite Reflective and not only do we supply reflective especially designed for our customer’s number plate products but we also push some of the most competitive vinyl, tapes, chevron and highway equipment to the signs industry.

Contact Us

Tennants UK Ltd Duke Street, New Basford, Nottingham. NG77JN Mon-Fri: 8.30am-5.00pm

General Enquires  0115 9738080  sales@tennantsuk.com

Number Plates  0115 9738084  sales@tennantsuk.com

Highway Equipment & Signs 0115 9738088  tmsales@tennantsuk.com

Reflective Solutions 0115 9738087  reflective@tennantsuk.com

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