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Welcome to McKenna Brothers

As recognised leaders in the supply of Destination Blinds, LED and Dot Matrix Signs to The Passenger Transport Industry both in the U.K. and Worldwide, the name McKenna Brothers is noted for Quality and Service.

Our reputation is built on a total dedication to quality of product and reliability of delivery. This applies to all the products which we supply, from Destination Blinds and Electronic Signs to Vinyls and Vehicle Lettering.

We believe that there should be no sparing of effort in achieving the ultimate, complete customer satisfaction. When choosing McKenna Brothers you are guaranteeing Quality and Service.

We design and supply in association with Mobitec AB to produce only the best in electronic display and passenger information systems both from stock and where necessary, made to order. All systems are designed and manufactured in accordance with both ISO9001 and ISO14001.
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Recent News

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Malcolm Randles

How good does this Yorkshire Heritage Bus look with a new full set of preservation blinds supplied by who else other than McKenna Brothers. If you would like your bus finished off with quality destination and number blinds, please call

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Malcolm Randles

  When TFL were asked to assist with the move of a couple of large Inflatable Elephants from the South Bank to the West End, McKenna Brothers supplied the Destination Blinds for the bus. It doesn’t matter who your passengers are, you

Posted on by Malcolm Randles

Does your bus look like the photo here to the left with no destination display fitted, or maybe it has an old Flip-dot sign that no longer works. If it does there is no need to worry as we can soon

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Malcolm Randles

When Michael Trew at First Manchester required 700 cove vinyl panels in very quick time, there was only one company he could trust not to let him down, and of course it could only be McKenna Brothers. The order was confirmed on Wednesday at

Speedy vinyl service wins more orders
Posted on February 13, 2014 by gary

  When TM Travel in Sheffield needed some new vehicle graphics supplied and fitted for a launch date within a few days of ordering, there was only one option and that was McKenna Brothers. The vinyl used was a 10


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    album – Hosted by Lothian Buses 12th-14th May 2014

Meet The Team

Derek Dawson:
Managing Director


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Derek Dawson

Derek has been involved in the transport industry since 1982.
His career started at East Lancashire Coachbuilders as an apprentice
coachbuilder, from there he had a short spell within the rail industry
before moving to McKenna Brothers when they became agents for
Mobitec back in 2000. Derek moved to Wrightbus as National Account
Manager in 2004 but returned back to McKenna Brothers as a Director
where he deals with the day to day running of the company.
Derek spends most of his spare time involved in football, he coaches
an Under 10 team and he is currently studying for his UEFA B Coaching
Licence. He also enjoys good food, wine and is still trying to get
his golfing handicap down with very little success.

Malcolm Randles:


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Malcolm Randles

Malcolm joined the company in December 1978, after a previous spell of working with Vincent from 1973 onwards. He has a comprehensive knowledge of all traditional destination displays, along with compliancy requirements for both DDA and TFL specifications.
To relax in his spare time Malcolm enjoys eating fine food, drinking fine wine and watching Manchester City, he also enjoys both listening to music and playing the piano and guitar.

Cheryl Robinson:
Finance Director


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Cheryl Robinson

Cheryl began her career with McKenna Brothers at the tender age of 18, having recently finished her A Levels. Back then in 1997 her main duties involved making her dad many cups of tea along with also working in the vinyl & signage department, she has been trying to perfect the art of tea making ever since will little success. Over the years Cheryl has taken time off to have two children and returned on each occasion to do various roles within the company, she has now taken on the position of Finance Director and along with Derek plays a major part in the day to day running of the company. Her hobbies away from the office include spending time with family and friends, as well as her relentless passion for retail therapy.

Richard McKenna:
Director & MIE Software support.


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Richard McKenna

You could say Richard joined McKenna Brothers as soon as he was able to walk being Vincent’s son. He started off as a young boy keeping the factory tidy, helping out with odd jobs and printing, to presently working as software support manager and programming both Smartblind and LED signs.

Richard is a keen golfer, likes to keep fit at the gym and enjoys spending time with his family.


Ian Grimshaw:
Sales Executive


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Ian Grimshaw

Ian has been with McKenna Brothers since March 2004 & joined in the position of Sales Executive, bringing his knowledge of vehicle requirements to assist with our many customers needs. His experience gained with his previous employer was quite unique, in that he was given the opportunity to serve two full apprenticeships at vehicle building and later as an auto electrician. This gave him great opportunities to further his career at East Lancashire Coachbuilders achieving Higher Management before his career move.  The commitment and enthusiasm to work with a great team behind him and a mobitec product that needs no introduction for its reliability are what motivates Ian and also to have good customer satisfaction and feedback.
In his spare time he watches Blackburn Rovers & often attempts the challenge to play golf. His family, garden & cooking interest take up the rest of his busy days.

Gary Beech:
General Manager


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Gary Beech

Gary joined the McKenna Brothers team in the summer of 85, having worked in each department to become the General Manager. He has extensive knowledge of the day to day running of the factory from machine breakdowns to customer requirements on both printed blinds and electronic displays, scheduling deliveries to both vehicle builders and operators.
Gary’s hobbies include DIY, F1 and MotoGP and likes listening to all types of music. He also loves spending time with his family and socialising with friends.

Chris Nelson-Jones:
Technical Manager


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Chris Nelson-Jones

Chris has worked in bus related electronics design and development for over 30 years.

He joined the McKenna Brothers team in 2001, also working closely with Mobitec to develop products relevant to market needs.

In his spare time he enjoys DIY, classic car restoration and spending time with his family.

Dean Brown:
Production Manager


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Dean Brown

Having joined the company in 1987, learning all the skills to produce quality destination blinds. Dean has attained the position of Production Manager. Along with planning and scheduling the orders for production, Dean is responsible for the programming of the artwork for all the traditional blind work we do.
Away from work he enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling the highways and byways on his motorcycle and he is also an avid Manchester United Fan.

Andy Bottomley :
Operations Manager


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Andy Bottomley

Andy started working for McKenna Brothers in 1994 as a vinyl fitter/sign maker, he then went on to become a screen printer where he produced all the Legal Lettering and self adhesive vehicle markings and logos. In 2005 Andy became our vinyl manager and has won some very high profile group contracts with First Group and Stagecoach. In 2010 Andy was promoted to Operations Manager  and  is now overseeing the scheduling, materials planning and despatch for all departments.
Outside work Andy enjoys Golf, Gardening and letting his dog take him for a walk.

Collette Gorman:
Office Manager


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Collette Gorman

Collette joined the company in September 2003 originally to work in our vinyl department, however with her previous experience and proven ability to work in an office environment; she quickly came through the ranks and is now our Office Manager.  Her main role is purchasing although she also handles all the day to day roles that this position involves.

In her spare time Collette likes to socialise with her friends and family, and is also a dedicated mum to her teenage daughter Charlotte.

Chris Hunt:
Customer Support Manager


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Chris Hunt

Chris worked at East Lancs Coachbuilders for 7 years gaining City and Guilds plus NVQ level 3 in coachbuilding. He then moved onto North West Bus and Coach repairs where he worked his way up to workshop manager until his redundancy in 2007. After working for Bus and Coach World in Blackburn as a technician he joined McKenna Brothers as our Customer Support Technician in 2009. Chris deals with the running of our aftermarket support and Retrofitting service aswell as repairing and retrofitting himself.
He enjoys spending time with his children, wife and his black labrador Stanley.He spends most weekends and holidays in his touring caravan with family and living in rural central Lancashire he also spends time walking in the fells and clay pigeon shooting. He is a keen drummer in a band and enjoys the odd pint or three of real ale.

Philip Oldham:
Internal Customer Support Manager


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Philip Oldham

Philip has worked at McKenna Brothers since 1994. Like most people he started at the bottom and worked his way up over the next 16 years to become Internal Customer Support Manager. Phil’s day to day duties include loading, checking, packing and sending all Smartblind and Led units out to bus builders, as well as dealing with faults over the phone and onsite too.
In his spare time he likes to play golf (weather permitting) or spending time in the pub playing pool or watching football.

Tristan Randles:
Vinyls & Design


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Tristan Randles

Tristan re-joined the company in summer 2009 after spending 14 years in the print & design industry. Having started life at McKenna Brothers in his early teens doing all the odd jobs around the factory, he now assists Andy with all vinyl based work and also creates any new artwork that lands on his desk.
Tristan’s hobbies include MCFC, reading & travelling.


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