David Cottam, Financial Director, has retired

At the end of May our previous MD and current Financial Director, David Cottam, celebrated his official retirement from Cottam Brush. David joined the company back in 1976 and was MD until 2005, when his son Ben took the reins.

David celebrated with Cottam staff, as well as his wife Margaret, with a BBQ and cake. Current MD, Alan Crook, also presented him with a gold leaf Cottam paintbrush as a present from all staff, and he was also gifted a Whiskey and Spa break from Ben.

A huge and well-earned congratulations to David!

As part of National Walking Month & Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran 9 – 15th May, Team Cottam went for a walk through Sunderland Marina and the riverside.
Some of our customers may remember when Cottam was based at our factory in Sheepfolds, and as part of our walk we were able to visit the site which brought back lots of memories for the team. Though the factory was demolished in 2008 we could still see the paint lines marking out the factory floors!

At Cottam one of our key values is to deliver quality products and service to our customers. We’re very pleased to say that we passed our recent ISO 9001 audit last month. This certificate demonstrates our commitment to delivering quality products and services across our custom and catalogue ranges.

Our efficient quality management systems (QMS) help us as a team do what we do best – manufacture great brushes for our customers.

ISO 9001 Accreditation Logo

We received delivery of our new rotary trimmer in April. This machine allows us to trim rotary brushes with accuracy, and means our customers will get the best quality products.

To discuss your rotary brush needs please contact Eddie Moon on 0191 510 1247.

New Products at Cottam

We recently launched a pack of six 9” microfibre roller sleeves over on our Amazon site.

These roller sleeves are ideal for domestic paint jobs and commercial decorating, as the shed-resistant filament delivers a brilliant finish on smooth surfaces. Microfibre rollers are best used with water-based paints including emulsions and silks, and you can find more information here.

Alternatively, email

Happy Anniversary!

Congratulations to our colleagues who recently celebrated their anniversaries with Cottam:
10 years with Cottam – Dave Leathead, Production Engineer
9 years with Cottam –
Nancy Li, General Manager
8 years with Cottam –
Caroline Edwards, Company Accountant

Meet our Amazon Andy

Andy Yates, Production Operative, celebrated his silver anniversary at Cottam in May. Andy has worked in our warehouse for 25 years and is well known with colleagues for his willingness to get stuck in with tasks including resin setting and shot blasting.

Most recently he has been responsible for picking and packing orders for our Amazon customers, earning him the nickname “Amazon Andy”. Find out more about him here.

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