Boot Buddy are manufacturers of car boot liners and accessories. Our VersaLiner is a car boot liner that is very tough and hard wearing. They are made of co-polymer polypropylene and are designed specifically for each car to give maximum protection to your car boot interior.
Our boot liners are self supporting and free standing. They are light and are fitted and removed in seconds!
Ideal for dog owners, golfers, trades people, gardeners, DIY and skip trips etc. These bespoke boot liners cover the base, sides and back of the rear seats. Very easy to wipe clean and leaves your car boot as new!
We also have our very own high visibility Safe-D-Guard dog guard made of polycarbonate plastic. This gives excellent driver visibility without the intrusion of the traditional bars, mesh or cages.
Boot Buddy Ltd was originally founded by Adrian and David, two window cleaners based around Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire.
Our company began with the idea of protecting our cars from overspilling buckets that used to sit precariously in our boots while we travelled to and from window cleaning customers. While our cars were humble, our desire to protect them from water spills, bad smells and damage moved us to design a small rubber tray, shaped to the length and width of our boots, to catch any spilling water that would normally end up soaked into the carpet. After going through several design changes, all taking place within Adrian's garden shed, we settled on a design and decided to try and sell our product online. Adrian suggested the name, Boot Buddy, and we then built our own website, and began our journey!
Despite our strong belief in our product, sales were not forthcoming. We tried everything to boost interest, from multiple website changes, to expensive online advertising. For the first 6 months we saw very little progress.
With persistence and family support, we continued to chase sales and explore alternative avenues of marketing. In time we began to get requests from website visitors for a higher sided version of our boot tray, specifically to protect their boot carpet from dog hair. While we hadn't made any prototypes for a high sided boot tray, we began to make them and tried selling them online.
We were making regular sales online, for a variety of cars, and in order to keep up with the small but increasing demand we made the decision to move out of the shed, and lease a very affordable workshop, converted from a horses stable down the road. It was freezing cold, or uncomfortably hot, and thanks to the "open plan" nature of the stable, it was rather smelly and dusty, most likely due to our horsey neighbour. But the extra room allowed us to produce our liners more efficiently which by this point were being made out of a foam backed plastic instead of the rubber we originally used.
After steady and growing sales we converted to a thicker tougher polypropylene plastic, and were able to purchase larger quantities of materials to save cost, and while we had enough room to manufacture in our stable, the uncomfortable working conditions moved us to relocate to the front room of David's house, which was notably warmer, and considerably less pungent! It also made it easier to welcome customers for our measure and fit service, where we would measure a customers boot, and make our products while they waited. This set-up lasted us for over a year, but as demand grew storage became an issue, and the invasive nature of a factory in your front room became less than ideal! So we made the bold move to rent a basement warehouse in Stourport-on-Severn to allow further growth.
We are currently operating from a much larger and more practical unit than the previous basement warehouse. Still on Wilden Lane Industrial Estate, our new unit is over 2,700 square foot, and features a drive-in port to make measure and fits easier. We also have this new website, that has been totally designed from the ground up to make viewing and buying our products as engaging, informative, and straight forward as possible. We now supply our products to car dealerships, fleet companies and customers around the world.
As a company we currently employee nine members of staff, all hard working and well trained to deliver a high standard of service.
We don't believe in standing still, so we are constantly looking for ways to improve our products, service and business as a whole. That's why we welcome customer feedback. It is no small task to keep quality as high as we do, especially with our list of cars that we now make products for approaching 800, and hearing off you definitely helps!
We also like to think of new products and ideas that help to keep things clean. That is why we are putting more time into our product development department. We will always have at least one new product in the pipeline, so keep checking the site if there is something you like the look of!