About US

Andy Taylor

Andy has spent nearly all his working life in the ski trade starting in 1980 at Europa Sport in Kendal where he served his apprenticeship before moving on to become workshop manager and technical back up for all winter products.

He set up Anything Technical in 1998, initially as an importer for Wintersteiger ski service machinery and workshop equipment. The company has grown from strength to strength in the last 20 years and a lot can be put down to his astute and intuitive business brain.

Never one for standing on his laurels, he is always trying to stay one step ahead and look at any other niche in the snowsports industry world that can be tapped into.

Andy’s sporting background is very impressive. He was a junior fell running champion before moving on to represent GB in athletics on the road, track and cross country in his 20’s

After over a decade building up his business he is now back on the sporting trail and is a mad keen road biker. Chris Froome beware!

Pete Evans

Pete joined Andy at the very start of Anything Technical and brought with him a wealth of technical expertise across a wide range of different disciplines. He has also worked in the industry for over 30 years with the bulk of that time spent running the warranty and repair department at Europa Sports.

He has made skis at Vielhaber in Aviemore, worked as a head ski tech in the Alps and served his time as a ski instructor. His knowledge on technical issues regarding ski construction, repairs and binding mounting is excellent.

Chris Speight

Chris joined in 2004 when the business was fully established and growing fast. His background is predominantly automotive and he started off as a humble motor mechanic working with his father in Leeds.

He has a wide range of skills having worked his way through Technical support, Customer service, Marketing and Sales at tools manufacturer Sykes Pickavant. His range of responsibilities include running a warranty service for Nordica and Tecnica, maintaining the website, ski boots repairs and doing pretty much anything that comes his way.

Callum Highet

Callum has been involved in the business for over 10 years and is almost part of the woodwork. He pestered us for a full time job and about 5 years ago we gave in. Callum is an ex-British ski racer and brings with him all his accumulated knowledge from those days.

He has a degree in Business Management and an easy going attitude which makes him a hit with our customers, either face-to-face or on the phone. He runs our Amazon and E-Bay operations and also keeps us in touch with the social media side of the business.

Claire Florentine Taylor

Claire is Andy’s wife and has been a salesperson all her working life and believe me when I say “She CAN sell snow to the Eskimos”

She worked a 3 day week for us last season as she also had another part time job but is now employed full time by Anything Technical.

Having a women in the team is like a breath of fresh air and it make it a more relaxing experience for customers when visiting the shop to purchase clothing and accessories.

She went on her first ski holiday just this last season and absolutely loved it. This has helped to enhance her understanding of ski products that we sell, and she can now join in with more confidence on the ski holiday conversations that generally break out during a visit to the shop.

Don’t try and beat Claire. she’s the most competitive person I’ve ever known.

Greg Taylor

Greg is Andy’s son and brings youth and enthusiasm to the team. He has also helped bring the average age of the staff down by a decade or two!

He is very clued up on the modern era of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and is working hard to bring Anything Technical into the modern world of social media.

He spent the last season working in the retail shop as well as picking and packing mail order sales.

His knowledge of the ski industry is growing by the week and although he is leaving us to go to university to study a sports business and marketing course, he will still be working for us via the internet whilst in Manchester or in the shop when he’s back for the weekend.

If Greg makes a mistake on his computer, it’s obvious why. He can barely see his screen for the tomato ketchup bottles on his desk!

Paul Hargreaves

Paul’s knowledge on anything outdoors is very impressive. Passionate skier, walker, cyclist, climber, canoeist… there isn’t much he can’t do.

Paul works 6 months in the winter for Anything Technical and 6 months in the summer as a freelance outdoor instructor. He has a direct but efficient sales technique but will go the extra mile to ensure that the equipment is fitted correctly and fit for purpose.

Although he is now clean shaven he is affectionately known as Tash as he sported a bushy moustache when he first joined us.

Although we make mistakes… amazingly Paul never does. Funny that! (but we know different) # it wasn’t me!!!

Ski Trade

We originally started trading 1998 as a distributor for Wintersteiger ski service machinery and ski workshop products and in recent years added Fritschi Diamir Ski touring bindings, Colltex ski touring skins and Holmenkol ski waxes and repair tools to our product portfolio. Dealing with the vast majority of snowsports distributors in the UK we are recognised as being experts in our field.

Retail

We also have the North of England’s most reputable ski shop in our fantastic premises in Kendal. We sell a full range of ski equipment including hardware, clothing and accessories. We have a state of the art boot fitting department, utilising the latest equipment and techniques.

Custom Footbeds and Insoles

Anything Technical Ltd. is recognised as having one of the best boot and footwear fitting departments in the country, with people travelling from all over the UK for footwear, insoles and ski boots. The key to good fitting footwear is a correctly made customised insole which provides support and stability, therefore improving comfort, reducing fatigue and helping to alleviate painful conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis, Mortons Neuroma etc… Our staff has over 50 years combined experience of dealing with foot related problems which means our footwear fitting skills are second to none. We also stock a wide range of “Off The Peg” insoles from Sidas Conform’able, namely the Custom Comfort and Custom Comfort 1/2 amongst others

Ski Touring

Ski Touring and Backcountry Skiing are becoming increasingly popular with British skiers trying to escape the crowds. At Anything Technical we stock Garmont Ski Touring and Freeride boots and are one of the few shops in the UK with the equipment, skills and expertise to fit them properly. Fritschi Diamir Touring and Freeride bindings and Colltex climbing skins complement these boots perfectly. We also stock a wide range of Touring, Backcountry and off piste skis by Scott, Salomon, Head and Movement, plus the usual range of accessories, shovels, probes etc.

Repair Equipment

Ski maintenance is always high on the skiers’ agenda so with this in mind we stock the largest range of waxes, files, edge tuners and other repair equipment in the UK.

Workshop

Our Wintersteiger workshop is one of the most comprehensive ski and board workshops in the UK and we enjoy a technical reputation within the snowsports industry that is second to none.

Training

Add to all this our training courses for workshop technicians and boot fitters, which have been running for 20 years and you have a company that is unique in its field.