About Us

UK master distributor of choice for global household names

Our story goes back to 2006, when we began life as a UK distributor for GPS giants Garmin. The partnership was extremely successful, and in a highly competitive environment, we helped Garmin achieve substantial sales growth and extend their share of the UK market.

The success of our association with Garmin, which continues today, gave us a solid base from which to expand our vendor portfolio. We quickly secured distribution contracts with other leading brands – in parallel developing strong relationships with a broad base of customers.

The journey continues into Benelux

Since then, Thames Distribution has gone from strength to strength, enjoying significant growth year on year, and today our operations encompass the UK and Benelux, with centrally positioned warehouse facilities in both regions. Focusing exclusively on exciting and innovative new products, we are working with an impressive portfolio of established – as well as emerging – product vendors, major retailers and B2B customers.

Partnership with our vendors and customers

Our approach differs fundamentally from other distributors in that we’re committed to working in genuine partnership with our vendors and our customers, adding real value to both parties. Key to this is our own specialist marketing experience, which benefits our vendors by supporting them with strategic marketing, and our customers by assuring them that they’re buying into a solution – not just another product.

Thames Distribution – the next new

We’re expanding rapidly and ambitious in our growth. It’s no coincidence that some of the biggest global vendors have made a strategic choice to work with us as our vision, culture, attention-to-detail and approach closely match with theirs.

  • Strong relationships
  • Narrow and deep product portfolio
  • Master distributor for global products
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Solutions selling
  • Expert team
Join the team

Want to be part of this fast-growing team? We’re always on the lookout for talented, dynamic people who want to grow with the business. Visit our Careers page and let us know why you think you’d be a great fit.


We pride ourselves on being approachable, honest and adaptable. If you’d like to have a chat with one of the team, just give us a call on +44(0)118 9 767 130 or email us info@thamesdistribution.com 

Senior Leadership Team
Paul Collins, Thames Distribution

Paul Collins, MD

Paul set up Thames Distribution in 2006 after spending 12 years as The Retail Director at Interface solutions. He has extensive experience in retail sales and channel distribution.

Tim Van Straaten, Thames Distribution

Tim van Straaten, Benelux Sales Director

Tim was founder and Managing Director of Trade101 in the Benelux region for 7 years until the company merged with Thames Distribution. Tim heads up the Benelux business from the Netherlands.

Peter Royden, Director

Peter joined Thames in 2010 following 12 years with BT where he gained a wealth of commercial and corporate knowledge and experience. This knowledge has been carried across and utilised in both Thames IT as it strived for growth in its earlier days and subsequently Thames Distribution in the present day.