JWT Essex

ABOUT US

JWT sells a huge range of products and services for your car, including: tyres, wheels, exhausts, brakes, accessories and repairs. We may be a small, family run business with just three branches in South Essex, but we don’t let that bother us, we match and beat larger companies on price, variety and most importantly, service.

Our flagship store located in Benfleet, has won the Pirelli Performance Centre of the Year twice, and maintains a Pirelli Performance Centre Platinum Award. For a full list of our services, visit our What We Do page.

We have in stock or can order usually for the next day, a huge range of tyres to suit your every need. From the obvious car and motorbike tyres, to tyres for wheelbarrows, sit on lawn mowers and light commercial tyres; give us a call to see how we can help you. Alternatively, try our online reserve and fit service, select your tyres and when you want to visit us, we’ll have them waiting for you!

From our humble beginnings in a single unit at the back of Manor Trading Estate, JWT has come a long way in 23 years. Have a look through our timeline to see what we’ve been up to!


1990

Jet Tyre began on Kelvin Road, Manor Trading Estate, Benfleet. We soon became Yokohama’s main distributer for the South East.


1991

We opened a new wheel warehouse ‘Jet Wheel’ in the unit opposite.

This was the year that we also opened our Pitsea depot, located to the rear of Technique car sales on Pitsea High Road ... and our Rayleigh depot at the back of the Imperial Park Trading Estate, Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh.


1992 - 1993

Jet Tyre and Jet Wheel merged to become Jet Wheel Tyre.


1994

This was a busy year for us! Our Benfleet depot was refurbished to become a performance workshop, with the capability to modify high performance cars, with high performance, Run Flat and 17” and 18” car tyres, new wheels and lowering springs.

We rebuilt and refurbished our Pitsea depot.

Our partnership with Pirelli Tyres began.


1995

We began our partnership with Michelin Tyres.

This was also the year that the JWT car was created!


1997

This summer we celebrated Independence Day and our partnership with BFGoodrich Tyres and American White Wall Tyres, we provided lots of fun with a BBQ, prizes and a raffle!


1998

We moved our Rayleigh depot to a better position at the front of Imperial Park Trading Estate.


1999

JWT Became the sole importer for Italian AEW Wheels.


2000

We celebrate 10 years of JWT with a Funday in the summer – a BBQ (Our favourite!), a bouncy castle and lots of giveaways made this a great family day out!


2004

We were awarded the Pirelli Driver Centre status at all three of our depots, Benfleet, Pitsea and Rayleigh.


2005

This year, we hosted a Ladies Car Clinic at our Benfleet depot – Do you know your dipstick from your lipstick? – This turned out to be a very popular event, teaching useful skills from general car maintenance to what to do if you break down.


2006

We achieved the status of Michelin 5 Star Accredited Centre at our Benfleet depot, not quite as famous as a chef’s Michelin star, but we’re very proud!


2007

This was the year we said goodbye to our very first units on the Manor Trading Estate, Benfleet, moving to a bigger, better, purpose built premises on Church Road.

Our concentration also moved away from wheels, to the range of products we still offer today: tyres, exhausts, alignment, brakes and batteries. We became one of the largest performance tyre stockists in the area.


2008

This year it was our Rayleigh depot’s turn for a bit of redecoration; we expanded into two units, equipping this depot to provide a wider range of services to a very high standard.


2009

This was a very important year for out Benfleet depot. Having just been awarded our very first Pirelli Performance Centre status at Gold level, we were also awarded Pirelli Performance Centre of the year, recognising our Benfleet depot as the best in the country to have passed a Pirelli audit!

This was also the first year JWT teamed up with Little Havens Children’s Hospice to provide fundraising support at their Ferrari Day. We have continued to help at similar Little Havens events every year since, with each event raising vital funds for the charity.


2010 - 2012

In 2010, our Rayleigh depot was awarded their first Pirelli Performance Centre status at Gold level.

In 2012, our Benfleet depot became the first performance centre in the country to win Pirelli Performance Centre of the year for the second time!


2013

This year we have created our new JWT logo in addition to our original logo, ready for the next chapter in the JWT story. Our Benfleet depot is maintaining its Pirelli Performance Centre Platinum status, and is also approved by the Buy With Confidence scheme. Our Pitsea depot is a member of the Pirelli Key Point scheme, which replaced the Pirelli Driver scheme. Our Rayleigh Depot is maintaining its Pirelli Performance Centre Gold status.

All three of our depots are members of the Michelin MAP scheme, which replaced the Michelin 5 Star award. JWT is also a member of the Point S buying group, for which all our depots must pass a strict inspection to ensure we are meeting all safety and quality guidelines.


2014

Celebrating our 25th year of trading!

We have renovated our waiting room with its very own Pirelli Cool Wall - representing racing, calender girls, formula one and MotoGP. It is the only one in the country at the moment!

Saturday 5 April we won Castle Point Business of the Year. A total of 160 guests looked on during the Castle Point Mayor's Civic Dinner as the we became the seventh winner of the annual award, which is presented to a company that has demonstrated business excellence over the previous 12 months.

In our winning application, we were able to showcase our membership of Trading Standards' Buy with Confidence Scheme, and achievement of Pirelli Performance Centre Platinum status (one in only 6 to gain the Platinum status), passing a strict audit from industry specialists who assess businesses on quality of staff, premises and customer satisfaction.


2015

Works on the renovation of our Pitsea branch are progessing, we have repaved the forecourt, re-cladded the building and are looking to spruce up the waiting room and have new signs put up on the front of the building. This is coming along nicely beside the regeneration of the Pitsea Centre, which is now advancing in the New Market Square, new Aldi and re-paving of the Northlands pavement.