Motorcycle parts supplier welcomes new owners

A Lancaster business that’s helping vintage motorbike owners around the world keep their wheels on the road has welcomed new owners.

L P Williams, which ships Triumph motorcycle parts to countries including Canada, the US and Australia, has been acquired by Jill and Michael Townley.

Previous owner Phil Bargh will continue managing the business alongside Michael, which was originally founded in 1976 by Triumph factory race team manager Les Williams.

Lancaster-based accountancy and business advisory firm, MHA Moore and Smalley, advised Jill and Michael on their purchase of the business.

Jill Townley, director at L P Williams, said: “I’ve known Phil for over 10 years through my role as a freelance bookkeeper. When the opportunity to purchase this historic business came up, Michael and I jumped at the chance.

“It’s a business that not many people outside the motorcycle community have heard of, but to Triumph enthusiasts we’re known the world over. Our plan is to grow the business while staying true to the values that Les built the business on all those years ago.”

Adam Parton, partner at MHA Moore and Smalley, added: “L P Williams is a relatively small operation, but Triumph is a cult motorcycle brand, so owners all over the world will have heard of it. It ships parts across Europe on a daily basis and receives orders from other far flung corners of the globe.

“It was pleasure to assist Jill and Michael in developing their plans for the business. This move ensures a bright future for L P Williams and its many customers.”

Based in Hornby Road at Claughton, L P Williams supplies parts for Triumphs model from 1968 onwards, including engine transmission and fuel systems, cycle parts, brakes and exhausts.

The company operates a worldwide mail order service and its extensive stock inventory allows it to ship many items on the day of order.