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About me

I am Martin Bates: MartinWorks.

To all my customers, existing and new:

Following recent bereavements, my wife’s retirement, and my own wish to wind down somewhat, I am no longer seeking any further business. I will honour all my existing commitments, but expect to reduce these, then totally cease trading by the end of 2019.

This site will continue to run in some form for a little while longer.

My thanks to you all.


I have always believed that if, as most of us do, one must work for a living, it is better to do something one enjoys doing than not. After 30 years or so making a career exploring my interest in wine, two redundancies in close succession led me to become my own boss and seek a living exploring other interests. I am able to offer a wide range of handyman services, the things which need doing but do not require the expensive services of a specialist. I try hard to keep ahead of the game on sustainability and am always keen to explore the ‘green, greener and greenest’ options of any job. In the long run this is often the cheapest way forward too.

I do not drive, which means I am limited in the areas I can cover by cycle – with a trailer for bulky tools, and public transport.

This is all working well for me, and, so they tell me, my customers. I now have regular commitments on Thursdays which means I am not routinely available then.