A small, niche family business dedicated to making your tiles look amazing!
We love to talk tiles!! You won’t get moved onto a sales team or an advisor – you can call and we can help you straight away, you can email and we will respond promptly.
Your Local Tile Shop
Our Bristol showroom and our team are all dedicated to our mission. Today we source tiles from all over the world aiming to get great products while still ensuring that we have regard for the environment. Tiles are increasingly used as we see people with extra bathrooms, conservatories and utility rooms. They are, of course, much more hygienic than any other wall or floor covering and that can be important to our customers who want an “easy to maintain” “bacteria free” environment for their friends and family.
The technology, particularly in porcelain finishes and digital laser prints, offers tiles that look and feel exactly like natural stone or marble or even wood!! The great news is that these techniques mean you can have a floor that looks like natural stone but without having to regularly maintain it! Just an occasional quick vacuum and mop with water and it looks like new.
So where did it all begin…. long ago in a galaxy far, far away – 1908 to be precise – Collinson became a name associated with great service and quality for ceramic tiles. The small premises in Bristol were really popular because they had 3 levels and 3 flights of stairs that required tiles to be carried up and down for storage!! Tiles were distributed within a small area around Bristol and South Wales and fixers collected adhesives and grouts for their work. Most people didn’t tile for themselves back then!
With the dawn of the DIY culture in the 1970’s, the company became specialist distributors and offered retail outlets through their showrooms in the South and South West. This was the time of the big “sheds” emerging and many super stores opening in DIY. Also many people were returning from holidays abroad to ask for Italian or Spanish styled tiles.
By the 1990’s we were sourcing our tiles mainly from Europe. These were beautiful glazes and colours combined with great quality. The technology was moving forward at a great pace.
We set our mission to offer “style, quality and service at an affordable price.”
Meet the Team
Martin has 27 years in the tiling industry and is a specialist in ceramic, porcelain and stone. Starting as a tiler, he then helped his father run 5 showrooms in Surrey and has been the Showroom manager for one of the top natural stone showrooms in the UK.
In his spare time, Martin plays acoustic, electric & bass guitar and shooting things on Xbox. He is married with a son who is also a tiler so it's a skill that runs in the family.
What Martin doesn’t know about tiles simply isn’t worth knowing – his 22 years in the industry is testament to that. During his time at Collinson Tiles, he’s enjoyed sharing his knowledge with our customers, making them feel confident and happy about the project they are undertaking.
In his free time Martin enjoys a variety sports such as cricket and formula 1 as well as getting away to his caravan for holidays with family and friends.
With 16 years’ experience in the industry, it’s fair to say that Martyn knows a thing or two about tiles. Whilst managing showrooms within the Bristol area, he’s put a smile on countless people’s faces by helping them find the right products for their projects.
Outside of work Martyn enjoys tending to his Koi Carp, fishing, photography, spending time with family and friends (particularly on holiday) as well as undertaking his own DIY projects.
Jack is the newest member of the Collinson Tiles team and brings experience in Sales/ Business Development. He is looking forward to working with his experienced colleagues and establishing himself within the industry.
On a personal note, Jack enjoys painting, sports and spending time with both family and friends.