TLB services are a small customer-focused business using traditional, proven, age-old craftsmanship and specialist joinery. We started trading in 2013 and, although we have not been established for long, within our workforce we have over 45 years of experience working within the church bell industry.
Owner: Tom Blyth.
Tom joined the bellringing team at Saxilby Lincolnshire at the age of ten and became part of the regular band of ringers. Being practically-minded this inspired him to build a simulated bell installation at 12 years old. By the age of 15 he had become very interested in all aspects of joinery, engineering and restoration work and helped repair and replace components within the tower of St Peter at Gouts church in Lincoln to help bring the bells back into working order. He was then offered a work experience placement by Hayward Mills Bellfounders and Bellhangers in Nottingham and was offered full-time employment immediately after leaving school.
Hayward Mills Bellfounders and Bellhangers moved to the John Taylors site in Loughborough in 2009 and Tom worked there until 2013 when he decided to set up the business TLB Services. Whilst working at Hayward Mills he gained a lot of knowledge and experience within the industry. At 18 he volunteered to become project manager of the full restoration of the church bell intallation at Willingham by Stow, undertook all of the workshop tasks including joinery and engineering works and, with the help of a team of local volunteers to assist him, undertook all of the work on site.
During his periods of employment at Nottingham and Loughborough he gained qualifications in bench joinery whilst part of the joinery team. He also gained vast experience in engineering, bell hanging site work, traditional pattern making and the day-to-day running of the business, as well as insights into structural forces and design work.