Len was born in 1953 in Liverpool, where he began his early work experiences, helping out on milk floats and in his brother's butcher shop. These early experiences instilled in him a strong work ethic. As he grew up, Len developed a passion for breeding and maintaining aquarium fish.
At the age of 16, Len approached Water World on County Road in Liverpool, seeking a job opportunity. With the assistance of his older brother, he approached Fonder Ed Pillinger, also known as Mr. P, and secured his first job there. Excited about his new job, Len went back to share the news with his mother, who, though secretly proud, quipped, "Why don't you get a proper job?"
Len dedicated many years to working in the industry and enjoyed his interactions with both people and animals. He contributed to the growth of Water World, which expanded from one store to five in Liverpool. Eventually, a decision was made to close all but the Wirral store, and Len, along with his then-wife, relocated from Liverpool to a house on the Water World premises in the Wirral countryside.
Len and his then-wife had two sons, both of whom still actively manage the company today. In the 1990s, Len briefly ventured into the world of trade sales with Pet wholesaler Wundpets, where he played a key role in opening multiple stores and growing the business for over five years.
However, a turning point came when Mr. P, the founder of Water World, called Len and asked him to return to manage the Wirral store. Mr. P was considering retirement, and Len eagerly accepted the opportunity. Len managed the store, and in 1999, Mr. P decided to sell the business. Len, with the support of his family, took over the reins and implemented immediate changes.
Over the following years, Len's sons, Lewis and Scott, joined the family business, and Len passed on his extensive knowledge to them. With a combined experience of over 100 years, they continued to develop Water World into the popular destination it is today.
We are closed Friday 26th December 2024
Our team, family and friends will be attending the funeral of our owner Len.