Matt Gilsenan & Tony Grimes had been employed by Trim Castle Motors for many years before its demise. Matt was in sales while Tony was a young mechanic for the company. When news was broken to the staff about its imminent closure, Tony had a gut feeling that Matt was about to launch some new Business Venture, and when he offered himself in partnership Matt had no doubt that this was the way to go. Both knew that there was a gap in the market, but they knew little or nothing about the car service parts business and immediately set about educating themselves . It was a chance meeting with Ken Smyth from Kentex Motor Factors in Dublin that probably put the seal on their decision. His chat was inspirational and they were soon to benefit from the generous and practical nature of his support.
Trim Motor Factors opened for business on 1st May 1981 in a rented premises on Navan Gate Street in Trim. The early days were full of funny incidents such as Reps asking Tony if his daddy was available! The money that they had borrowed didn’t stretch further than erecting a counter and a few shelves. They became skilled at camouflaging the interior. Tony’s boyish looks seemed an unlikely match for Matts lined brow and white hair, but of the two, Tony carried a bit more experience due to his Mechanical qualification. From day one, they kicked the traces of tradition by going ‘public’, and by the end of the 6th week they were both behind the counter.
They quickly outgrew their first premises, and Matt gravitated towards managing the Bank and books which consumed much ‘midnight oil’. They never saw themselves as being prospective owners of “Alice’s” in Haggard Street Trim, but when the improbable became possible, they decided to go for it in the early 1990’s. Meath Motopark was created some years later and they jumped at the opportunity to advance the business into the 21st Century by serving the needs of their customers from a premises that offered more space for both stock & staff, and free parking for their customers. It was in 2005 that they made the move out of the town to the Navan Road in what is now Trim Retail Park.
Trim Motor Factors marked their 30thanniversary in Business on 1st May 2011. Nobody could have envisaged the many changes that have taken place in the motor trade, but they are glad to have been part of the transition. Trim has grown to be a place of not just local but national importance, and Trim Motor Factors are proud to have been numbered among the businesses that have helped to establish Trim’s rightful place on the commercial map.