Wellingborough based trade fabricator Glazerite celebrates 15 years in business in February with an impressive record of showing uninterrupted, year-on-year growth averaging 20% per annum. VEKA’s largest trade fabricator and a keen proponent of the consumer marketing organisation Network Veka, Glazerite was founded by John Hewitt and Jason Thompson in February 2000 with the simple yet ambitious plan to become the best manufacturer of PVC-U windows, doors and conservatories to the trade in the UK. And whilst this credo is a difficult one to quantify, the company’s growth in sales would indicate they are getting things right.
First year sales in 2000 were £944,682 and have risen continuously without missing a beat ever since, despite the difficult years of the country’s most recent recession. Recent growth has been especially strong, with 2013 sales of just less than £18 million likely to be topped in 2015 with sales of £25 million, an increase of 40%.
When asked what the company’s secret is John Hewitt said: “We simply provide our customers with what they want, when they want it. New products and continual re-investment of profits into plant, machinery & staff have helped us continue to achieve significant growth. We have a strong team and a long-standing workforce, which has been complimented in the past 2 years with a significant recruitment drive to assist them. We are genuinely in the strongest position we have ever been.
“There have been growing pains along the way of course but we have come out the other side fitter & stronger as a company and are genuinely looking forward to the next few years.”
Milestones along the way include the acquisition of what became the company’s North West Division and the setting up of a trade counter in Bristol, which combined with the company’s central UK head office location in Northamptonshire gives the company true national sales and distribution status.
“Of course,” added John, “our customers are at the centre of this. We have a loyal customer base, many of whom have become friends over the years and our thanks are extended to them. Excellent relationships with our suppliers ensure that we are able to continuously refresh our product range which in turn helps our customers keep sharp and competitive.”