Building supplies firm creates new jobs as industry surges after lockdown

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A building supplies company has created five new jobs in the last month as the building and construction industry continues to spike on the back of the pandemic.

Horton Building Plastics has welcomed the new recruits to its trade counters in Cobridge and Parkhall after seeing monthly sales reach record numbers.

It has also opened a new showroom at its Britannia Business Park headquarters to showcase its selection of doors and windows during the current surge in demand.

Director Rob Horton said: “We were able to carry on operating throughout lockdown, despite most of our staff being on furlough. Now we are back up-and-running and things have gone mad – and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon.

“Before the pandemic a good month for us would see us do about £300,000 on average, but recently we have been recording monthly sales of in excess of £500,000.

“Understandably, there has been a massive surge in people wanting to do some home improvements this year and we thought it might have died down a little when the restrictions were eased, but things are still going strong.”

Horton Building Plastics directors Matt Woolley and Rob Horton

Rob added: “That is why we have had to take on five new employees at our trade counters. Having more staff means we can put a management structure in place and continue to meet the demand of our customers.

“People might think we are mad taking more staff on when everything is so uncertain, but the demand is there and we will not stand still.

“The only issue we could have is our supply chain but we are planning ahead and trying to mitigate that by increasing the amount of stock we hold on site.”

Horton Building Plastics has invested in its fleet and a new EPOS system to meet the demand for its delivery service and improve efficiencies across both sites.

It has also launched an ‘approved installers’ scheme as part of efforts to repay its most loyal customers.

The company is now planning to open a third branch in Cheshire and expand its click and collect service for its account customers.

Operations director Matt Woolley said: “We are an established business and things are going really well for us, but now we want to be as flexible as possible when it comes to the way we operate because we cannot predict what will happen in the future.

“We want to do things a little differently and that’s why we’ve expanded into home delivery and diversified our product range to include things like conservatories. At the moment we are about 14 per cent above our sales target.

“The plan now is to expand our Parkhall branch, possibly taking on a bigger unit on the same site, and eventually open another branch.”


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