At this time I was also running a very large window manufacturing company and was employing over 100 staff.
After 12 months of Window Care starting it had established itself well enough to stand alone and began to install windows, doors, porches and conservatories. Myself and my son Mark plus two other members of staff soon realised that Windowcare was going places. We opened our first shop in Bedford Road, Birkdale, Southport selling PVCu windows, fascias, soffits and gutters to the trade and DIY enthusiasts, it is still there to date over 20 years later serving many local tradesmen and public on a daily basis.
In February 2006 we look over the Conservatory showsite at Vincent’s Garden Centre in Scarisbrick, we have now split our business into 3 seperate divisions, but all run from our main office & trade centre on Bedford Road.
Mark now runs the Window & Door division which cover the repairs and maintenance uPVC doors, windows, porches and suchlike.
I take care of the building side which covers all types of building & construction work including conservatories, orangeries, garden room and house extensions.
We now have an annual turnover of 1.75 million pounds and hope by the end of 2015 . This is a very large turnover for a relatively small company. We currently employ 2 full time PA’s, 3 part time office staff, sales estimator, 1 full time repair man, 6 full time PVCu installers, 1 rubbish removal van driver, 1 full time brick layer, plus 1 labourer Myself, Mark, Karl and Sarah. This makes a total of 16 full time staff and 3 part time staff. We also now have a fleet of vans and use various Southport Tradesmen, i.e; Electrician’s, Bricklayers, Plasterers, Plumbers and Roofing Contractors.
I once manufactured up to 600 windows per week. But now we do not manufacture our own PVCu products, it is much easier and cost effective to let somebody else deal with all the problems in manufacturing. I feel we can keep our costs down by NOT having to rent a factory, not having to put up with bad workmanship or mistakes and also the cost of staff required in manufacturing. In some weeks we install inns-cuss of 100 windows and doors. We have been using Euro-Cell PVCu windows for over 10 years now, manufactured by a close friend of mine who can manufacture up to 1000 windows and doors per week and with a very STRICT QUALITY CONTROL POLICY ensuring only the best quality products are fitted to your property.