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Originally a wholesale ironmongery based in Birmingham, Halfords has come a long way since the 1800s! The Halfords group is now a leading retailer in the United Kingdom and has some amazing products and services provided in their Halfords autocentres including car repairs and car servicing.

The name was coined in 1902 when the store moved to Halford Street in Leicester, and it’s stuck ever since. Expansion happened quickly. In 1931, the 200th UK store opened and after the war in 1945, the company bought the Birmingham Bicycle Company; hence its brilliant cycle operations and customer service today.

The Halfords group is one of the UK’s leading retailer and is known for:

  • Customer service
  • Car repairs
  • Bikes and cycles

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In the 60s, Margaret Thatcher’s husband, Denis, was an Executive Director, and the firm was sold to an oil company. The company continued to be sold on and on until 2004 when it first floated on the London Stock Exchange.

In 2005, a collaboration deal was set up with a Japanese auto enhancement company and started offering more services and unusual parts in its retail stores. The Halfords logo is recognisable from it’s black and orange colours.

The Halfords group briefly had a dalliance in Europe but sold off these stores quickly as it struggled to adapt to more markets. Today, it is one of the UK’s leading retailers for bikes and car parts, there are over 450 stores across the UK and over 20 based in the Republic of Ireland. It was named one of the best places to work by the Sunday Times

Check out the Halfords top buys we’ve found below for the UK’s leading bike seller:

TOPEAK RED AND WHITE BIKE LIGHT SET – £20

A tidy and reliable bike light set to see you through poor visibility and bad weather, this set has been rated five stars out of five by Halfords customers and staff alike! Three ultra-bright LEDs in these lights can run for up to 60 hours of continuous use and have basic on/off, blinking and constant modes. The lights are also extra-light, so you won’t notice any heavy additions to your bike and can’t use them as an excuse to slow you down!

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BASIL MARA XL WATER RESISTANT DOUBLE PANNIER BAG, 35L – £22.98

This bike bag makes for the perfect way to transport your textbooks, folders and study essentials to university while you’re keeping fit on route! Made of completely water-resistant polyester, this bag fares even the most inclement of weather (and the odd puddle along the way) and has double-reflective strips on the bag to help with visibility in the dark. A whopping thirty-five-litre capacity means that you’ll easily fit all you need to in it with nothing left behind for your day. Look for the Halfords logo for quality.

MILESTONE TWO-MAN POP-UP TENT – £25.99

A must-have for any camping trip or festival where you don’t want to faff about with tent pegs and poles for hours on end. Instead, unzip the cover and – POP! – your home for the weekend is ready to go. A bargain at just over £25, this tent is big enough for two people to stay inside; or one and their equipment for the event ahead. The groundsheet is sewn in and if the weather’s windy, there are bright guide ropes with pegs to pin it down. Now all you need is your festival tickets!

If you’re looking for a Halfords student discount then check out our guide page for money-saving tips. We hope you’ve enjoyed this informative page on the Halfords group and shown how they are a leading retailer in the United Kingdom and listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best places to work.

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