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In 1961, Leslie Kidd put Coachfinish on the map by selling and delivering paint from his own garage at home to businesses across Belfast. The company continued to grow and evolve and a few years later, Coachfinish was moved to a warehouse in Belfast.
In 1978, Leslie's son, Gary, was given the opportunity to join the business straight out of school. Gary started working in the stores, progressing onto paint mixing and then to a junior salesman out on the road. This gave Gary knowledge of different aspects of the trade. By the age of 20, Gary was left to run the business after Leslie's retirement.
From 1980 onwards, Gary devoted his time to building a stronger customer base in the commercial vehicle market. In 1984, Eddie Craig joined the team and became a Director, passing over 25 years of service.
Between 1990 and 2000, Coachfinish branched into the car refinish market, becoming Northern Ireland’s main supplier of Standox, HMG, and Sherwin Williams. They continue to progress with these paint systems today.
In 2013 Gary’s children Gareth and Darci became Directors moving the business into the third generation of the Kidd family. Coachfinish NI Ltd is proud to have celebrated over 60 years of business within the Paint Refinish Industry.
At the end of 2022, Morelli sought to extend its footprint into Northern Ireland as part of its growth strategy to provide geographical coverage throughout the UK.
The Coachfinish purchase will enable local uniform supply to our major group and OEM clients, providing a consistent high level of service. It will also afford fresh opportunities and bring new services, processes, and products to existing Coachfinish customers in Northern Ireland. This coupled with the additional benefit of proving scope for further growth with our key supplier partners through an enlarged footprint.
It was quickly determined that Coachfinish and the Kidd family have very similar values and ethos to Morelli, with family, loyalty, and exceptional service being at the heart of their business. The Kidd family, along with Eddie Craig and their sales team, continue the day to day running of the business, providing continuity as they have done so successfully for 62 years. Coachfinish now has the advantage of being part of a wider organisation with our extensive support services and wide product portfolio.