Started in 1985, Independence is still a caring family firm, run by husband and wife, Nick and Judy Holdsworth.
It was whilst working as an Occupational Therapist, in hospitals and in the community, that Judy became aware of the many helpful products and gadgets that were simply not being made available through local authorities or the NHS.
Starting around the kitchen table and with Nick’s business experience, the idea of a catalogue of helpful living aids was born. Advertisements were placed in the People’s Friend and Yours magazine, and a local printer produced the catalogues.
Over time, the business grew and moved from the family home to new facilities at Lancaster Way (an old World War II runway). This enabled us to offer a wider range of products than previously, as well as a much improved level of service.