In 1977 Ed Douglas made the ambitious and somewhat risky decision to start his own business, after the Agricultural Engineers he was working for in Banbury decided to close the branch. Ed contacted his old customers who all pledged to support him. One customer went a step further and generously gave Ed one of his old cow sheds on the aerodrome at Chipping Warden to use as a workshop.
In the course of his agricultural engineering work Ed started to get requests for Land Rover spares, as the local farmers all drove them. As demand increased Ed realised he should start to stock the spares. In 1981 the stores opened in Wardington with Ed’s wife Mary running it, while Ed was still at the workshop in Chipping Warden. During the build of the M40 in the mid-eighties, Ed & Mary became involved with supplying parts and servicing the Defenders that the construction workers used. This lead to E H Douglas becoming much more focused on Land Rover Vehicles. It was approximately a decade before the workshop also moved to Wardington.
From an early age Neil worked alongside his dad, and joined the business full time when he left school in 1988. Neil made the launch into sales of Land Rover Vehicles. With Ed and Neil working together they were able to expand the business into what it is today. Neil took over the day to day running of the business when Ed retired.