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Independent Paint Supplies Celebrates 5 Years of Unwavering Growth and Success

Independent Paint Supplies (IPS) is celebrating five years of unprecedented growth and success  since formation in 2019. Today IPS is Wales’ premier car, commercial and industrial paint supplier, who is “passionate about paint”.

The business was formed following the sale of FMP Motor Factors to a major national brand enabling the FMP Directors Neil Melmoth and Colin Thomas to create the new company. Immediately, Joe Thomas, Stephanie White, and Dom Thomas were appointed to the roles of Directors, recognizing the need to have a young and dynamic team of decision-makers in place to drive the business forward. Both Neil and Colin continue to have an active roles in the business.

Testament to the company’s reputation they were also invited to join TIDAL, a group of independent refinish distributors who are dedicated to offering national commitment with local care. TIDAL members are forward thinking independent distributors, that enhance their local business platform and open up national opportunities by being part of the TIDAL network.

Key Developments

Some key developments since the formation of IPS include investment in staff and the IPS fleet of vehicles in order to guarantee a minimum of next day delivery for all orders across South Wales.

In June, 2022, the company opened a new depot near Newport Road, Cardiff. This initiative came about as the company felt that the time was ripe to extend and expand services across South East Wales, meeting the growing demand from customers this area of the region.

As a result of this expansion, IPS now boasts a client base of more than 1000 clients, runs a fleet of 17 vehicles and employs 27 members of staff across their headquarters, depots and delivery teams.

This year, IPS is introducing a new online shop, bringing its comprehensive range of high-quality paint products and supplies directly to customers’ fingertips. This digital expansion makes it easier than ever for customers to browse and purchase from their extensive selection of all products.

In 2023, IPS Directors Joe and Dom were each named as one of the Body Shop 30-Under-30 Rising Stars in the UK collision repair industry; and this year the company has picked up a major accolate by taking the title of UK Supply Chain Partner of the Year in the Bodyshop Awards in Birmingham.

Customer Service Excellence

Customer service is paramount to the team at IPS. They listen to what customers want in terms of paint products and associated equipment and have sourced the best in the market from suppliers including Roar, Mipa, Mirka, Sealey, HMG Indasa, Novol, Profix, Octoral, GYS, Balsac, Selemix, QTech, Walcom, Sata and DeVilbiss… to name just a few.

No customer is too small or too large and they have a successful track record in supplying single occupant body shops to multi-franchise operations.


They understand the demands of operating in a fast turn-around industry and have the supply capability to meet customers’ tight deadlines so that work can continue seamlessly and without delays or interruptions. This is achieved through a robust stock management systems which means our customers can hold as much or as little stock as they may require.

Most of IPS’ employees have many years’ experience in the automotive, industrial and commercial paint supplies market.

One-Stop Shop

In addition to leading-edge paint products, IPS supplies spray equipment and other related tools. When they introduce new equipment to their extensive range, they are also able to offer associated training to ensure clients know how to operate the equipment as effectively and efficiently as possible.

IPS provides paint products to a huge range of sectors including:

  • Auto paint supplies for our automotive customers to whom we deliver quality refinish paints backed by market leading expertise for improved body shop efficiency and profitability
  • Top-of-the-range industrial paint and high-performance coatings for all industrial applications
  • Specialist, industrial paints to the construction and commercial sectors for all types of applications.
  • Solid or metallic paints including highly durable protective coating and a superior finish for both the interior and exterior of all commercial vehicles
  • Specialist paints for marine vessels.
  • An extensive range of refinishing consumables, tools and equipment for body shop and garage owners
  • A huge range of valeting products for all applications including silicone-free products are stocked for all body shop uses as well as for private customers.

Director Insights

Commenting on 5 years of growth and success, here’s what the directors of IPS say:

“As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of IPS, we reflect on the remarkable journey that has brought us to this milestone. Our success has been fuelled by our unwavering commitment to quality, innovation, and exceptional customer service. We are grateful to our loyal customers, dedicated employees, and supportive partners who have been instrumental in our growth and expansion.


“We set out with a vision to provide top-notch auto paint products and supplies to professionals and the general public alike. Today, IPS has become a trusted name in the industry, known for our extensive product range, expert advice, and customer-centric approach. Our growth has been marked by significant achievements, including the opening of new retail locations, the introduction of exclusive product lines, and the establishment of strategic partnerships with leading product manufacturers.

“Our journey has not been without challenges, but our team’s resilience and adaptability have been key to overcoming them. We have continuously invested in training and development to ensure that our staff remains knowledgeable and well-equipped to serve our customers. This commitment to excellence has earned us a reputation for reliability and expertise, which we are proud to uphold.

“As we look to the future, we remain dedicated to our mission of providing superior products, an efficient delivery service and exceptional customer service. We are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, including further expansion of our product offerings, the launch of  our online shop, and continued growth in new markets. Our goal is to continue setting the standard in the auto, industrial and commercial paint supplies industry, always putting our customers’ needs at the forefront of our operations.”