Leather & Vinyl Doctor, The

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Founded: 1985
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Company History

The concept of vinyl welding and repairs has been around long before their business began however it was not widely known in Australia until the mid 80's. The Vinyl Doctor began in Brisbane in 1985 as a one person operation by Darryl Binch who still works in the business today and is the Queensland Master Franchisor and company owner.

Work in those early days was rather simple. A few basic tools, a small ad in the Yellow Pages and a Toyota Hilux saw the beginning of The Vinyl Doctor. Repairs were mostly in the form of cracked dashboards, car door trims, consoles and the odd piece of furniture.

Over the next few years the work grew fast and before long, Darryl found it difficult to cover the whole of Brisbane. So the first franchise was granted to his brother Jeff who took over the Northern Suburbs while Darryl continued to operates in the Southern suburbs.

In the early 90's and after a few more franchisees came on board in Brisbane, the decision was made to incorporate leather care into the business. Leather was becoming increasingly popular in homes as affordable furniture, and the technology was improving with regards to caring and recolouring leather. So the Vinyl Doctor added another arrow to its quiver and was branded as The Leather and Vinyl Doctor.

As soon as leather became part of their service there was no turning back and the demand for their service has continued to outstrip what they have been able to supply. The Leather Doctor and Vinyl Doctor has grown as well with franchisees now covering Briasbane, Ipswich, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, Northern NSW and the Central NSW Coast, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Albury/Wodonga. They are continually looking for the right people to add to their growing team and help them service the massive leather care market

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