Growing building supplies firm Horton Building Plastics has expanded into Cheshire with the opening of a new branch.
The company – which already has two sites in Stoke-on-Trent – has set-up a new 5,000 sq ft base on Orion Way, in Crewe, as part of its long-term plans to become a national business.
The move comes as sales continue to surge at the company as more and more families invest in home improvements and DIY following the pandemic.
It also follows a refurbishment of Horton’s flagship branch at Britannia Business Park, Cobridge.
Rob Horton, who set up the business in 2017, said: “It was always our plan to open in Cheshire and we are lucky that we’ve been able to do it now because the business has done so well throughout the pandemic.
“The new branch means we can now serve customers based within a 90 mile radius of our Cobridge branch, and it is one step closer to taking it nationwide.”
He added: “We have also taken the time to refurbish and expand our warehouse at Cobridge and increase capacity so we can hold more stock.
“One of the biggest challenges we have faced throughout the pandemic – and it’s the same for anyone in the construction industry – is the delivery of stock because of all of the problems at the ports and the backlogs that is creating.
“So we have dealt with that by increasing the stock we hold on site; things like silicone and PVC are in really short supply.”
The opening of the Crewe branch is one of a number of investments Horton has made over the last 12 months – including £20,000 in a new EPOS system.
The business has also increased its workforce to a team of 22.
Rob said: “Since lockdown we have invested heavily in the online side of the business. We’ve launched a new EPOS system so we can meet the increasing demand of our customers and sales have gone through the roof. We are now looking at our SEO and our website to see how we can make further improvements.
“We are also looking at expanding our Parkhall branch” added Rob. “We are in desperate need of space over there so we want to either take on another unit or relocate to somewhere bigger.
“We also want to open a distribution unit this year to support all of the branches.”