The company was the brainchild of two of our founders; Cliff Haviland and Leonard Dorr.
In the summer of 2004, they were lounging around a pool in Florida and discussing successful concepts
that could be transposed from the US to the UK. One of those concepts was the recent phenomenon of eBay Trading
Assistants; companies set up to sell items on behalf of individuals, businesses and charities on eBay's rapidly
growing global platform.
As with many good ideas, day to day and operational priorities took precedence, and the idea was left undeveloped.
In 2005, Ian Montgomery approached Cliff (a previous work
colleague) with the intent to develop a new business venture. Cliff outlined the opportunity and secured Ian's
In September 2005, XS Items was launched in Chelmsford, Essex, initially targeting the domestic marketplace. As
with all ground breaking concepts, there have been many developments, tweaks and enhancements along the way.
Gareth Millar joined soon after Ian and completed the quartet of shareholders and business founders.
We are now based in Colchester, Essex and concentrate solely on the commercial, business and industrial
The past few years have shown what a terrific idea was concocted around that Florida swimming pool, and we are still
learning and enjoying our involvement in a fast moving, developing market place. Perhaps in a few more we will all
be around that pool!