About City Lock & Safe Ltd
Celebrating 65 Years in Business.

City Lock & Safe Ltd provide a wide range of Security Equipment and Services to secure all types of properties including, domestic properties, Residential Homes and Businesses from Commercial and Industrial to Metropolitan & County Councils, NHS Trusts, Police Authorities and Blue Chip Companies.

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Our trusted, knowledgeable and experienced City Lock & Safe Ltd team…

Tom Clarke

George Clarke

James Brooks

Andy Kay

Scott Blundell

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Jake Wilson

Our History

City Lock & Safe Ltd was founded in 1957 and has established itself as one of the North West’s leading Master Locksmiths, Safe Engineers and Architectural Ironmongers. Originally based in central Manchester, the business relocated fully to Stockport in 1972. Still under family ownership, currently in its 3rd generation, the company employs many long-standing skilled people.

The story begins!

Formed initially in 1870 in Manchester, trading as G.W.Wilkinson Locksmiths & Whitesmiths. It was there, under the guidance of Mr. Wilkinson, that Ray Clarke served his apprenticeship.


The sign of things to come

Following the sad death of Mr. Wilkinson, Ray and fellow apprentice and soon to be business partner Austin Chadwick ran the company for Mrs Wilkinson.

Ownership change

Ray Clarke & Austin Chadwick, both aged 20, purchased the company and changed the name – City Lock & Safe (M/C Co) was born, April 1st, 1957.


Combined service of 100 years join the company

Joining as apprentices Harry Handforth & Neville Hough remained with the company until 2005 and 2014, respectively. Progressing to Sales and Service Managers.


Outright ownership

Ray purchased Austin’s share of the company to become the sole proprietor.


Stockport Branch

With a close association with Stockport, having studied at Technical College, Ray opened the Stockport Branch – 19 Buxton Road.


Relocation to Stockport

The closing of the Manchester branch came in 1972. With the company expanding, larger premises in Stockport were required. 33 Buxton Road, Heaviley, was purchased and has remained home to the company to this day.


Tom joins the company

Ray’s son, Tom, joins the company. Like his father, Tom spent his formative years ‘On the Bench’ learning the trade followed by several years as a service engineer gaining further hands on experience.


Belinda joins the company

Ray’s daughter & Tom’s sister, Belinda, joins the company providing over 35 years’ service.


Annali joins the company

Ray’s daughter & Tom’s sister, Annali, joins the company and remains in position today as Company Secretary in charge of finances and the purchase ledger..


Tom is appointed Managing Director

Having progressed from Service Engineer to Sales and Marketing Tom is appointed Managing Director in 1989 and the second generation of management and ownership begins..


Stop the press!

A profile of the company within a trade magazine, partnered with security industry wholesaler Colson.


40 years in business

1957 – 1997 celebrated 40 years in business. Continuing to trade with new and existing customers, some of which have had custom with the business from the very start.


George joins the company

Aged 18, George joined the company straight from college. Like his grandfather and father before him, George spent his initial years in the workshop and the Master Keying Department learning the trade from within.

2006 1

Harry Handforth passes away

Following a short retirement period Harry very sadly passed away in 2006. The news came as a shock to his family and employee’s past and present.

2006 2

EuroSafes establish – www.eurosafes.co.uk

The company established ‘Euro Safes’, the online buying arm for Safes and Data Cabinets. This advance into website sales had led to the company exporting safes and security hardware throughout Europe and beyond.

2007 1

Pinnacle Hardware established – www.pinnaclehardware.co.uk

In this year Tom very proudly achieved his Diploma from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and has since establish ‘Pinnacle Hardware’, now an integral part of the business suppling Architectural Ironmongery working with architects and contractors alike on specifications.

2007 2

Ray officially retires

Having relinquished full ownership and day-to-day running of the company some years previous Ray decided to formerly retire in 2007 – marking 50 years in business for both him and the company.


James Brooks joins the company

Aged 17, with some experience of the trade, James joined the company as an apprentice. Learning the trade under established and experienced members of staff. James has gone on to excel in all avenues of the trade and became a full Member of the British Locksmith Institute (MBLI) in 2014.


Neville calls time

In his 70th year, and with 50 years’ experience Neville retires from the company to spend more time at home and with family, both in New Mills and Sweden. Neville continues to remain in touch and on occasion calls in to say hello!


George has a seat at the table!

Marking 10 years in the industry and with the company,  2015 saw George become a shareholder and Director of City Lock & Safe Ltd and CLS Group Ltd.


60 years in business

1957 – 2017 celebrated 60 years in business. Close to retirement age but showing no signs of stopping just yet!


Master Locksmith Association visit

Regularly visited and inspected by the MLA – May 2019 was a proud moment for all involved with the company past and present, with the kind words offered by former President – Gary Eckersall. “City Lock & Safe Ltd are an asset as a member of this association” Master Locksmith Association (MLA) inspection May 2019.


Keeping up with the standards

Development of euro cylinders has seen the rise in standard TS007 / 3* & Sold Secure Diamond. With an ever growing amount of UPVC and Composite Doors in domestic properties,  City Lock & Safe Ltd set about ensuring Customers have a perfect solution to keeping their homes, valuables and loved ones safe and secure. Twinned with an awareness campaign of leaflet distributions,  and evenings with the Police to present to the public  the ever-common threat of ‘Lock Snapping’.

City Lock & Safe Ltd

1957 – 2022 celebrated 65 years in business.

A very proud achievement for everyone involved with the company.

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    Alan Judkins
    March 8, 2023
    5 Star locksmith

    Excellent service - thank you to James for getting me into my shed and replacing padlocks, fixing the wooden gate so I don’t need to use a hammer to open it any more. Maggie.

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    Adam Taylor
    November 18, 2022
    5 Star locksmith

    Had a problem with the front door multi lock system, called to shop they arranged a visit straight away, Andy the engineer was very good resolved the issue very quickly. The price for the work was clear and upfront, 5*from start to finish, thank you.

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    Stephanie Hazeldine
    March 31, 2023
    5 Star locksmith

    31.3.2023 James did a sterling job sorting out the conservatory doors with new Ultion locks. Everythings working tickety-boo. House a lot more secure now. Friendly chap, professional service. Many thanks! *** Scott came within the hour and sorted out the mechanism on the conservatory door a treat. Many thanks for the very prompt and professional service! ** 5 months ago.... Scott was methodical and tidy. He took a pride in his work. I now have a fully functioning mortice lock plus he realigned the yale lock for no extra charge. Job well done! Thanks.

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    Stockport User Friendly Fellowship
    September 13, 2022
    5 Star locksmith

    First class service i had a urgent call out after losing my key Andy couldn't have been more helpful and offered a very quick service.

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    Myerson Solicitors
    March 23, 2023
    5 Star locksmith

    I was recommended to the team via a colleague who highly recommended them. They are really professional and provided a great service. I received a clear quote beforehand, quick responses, a call on the way to the property that were all really helpful. You can also pay there and then via card or cash. James was very pleasant and very knowledgeable. Everything was cleaned and left pristine. For the level of service and the peace of mind adding our new locks to the back door patios, i would 100% recommend them again and felt the cost was worth it..

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    Will Grant
    May 6, 2023
    5 Star locksmith

    Spoke to James on the phone and he came to us fast to unlock my door and he was so quick with it , he was so polite and helpful! , recommend this company.

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    Sam Platt
    February 21, 2023
    5 Star locksmith

    James came out and was fantastic , 10/10.

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    December 7, 2022
    5 Star locksmith

    The service was first class from first contact to completion..

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    Jenny Butler
    January 6, 2023
    5 Star locksmith

    City Lock and Safe were highly recommended to me and I can see why. My initial contact by email was responded to promptly & courteously and a convenient appointment soon booked. Scott was very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful and he arrived on time, did an excellent job and left everything clean and tidy. I was particularly impressed and pleased that he managed to restore a lock which was over 80 years old which I had been told by other locksmiths was not repairable. The price was very reasonable for the time and expertise involved; it was also very convenient to be able to pay by card..

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