An expanding construction company based in Amble has announced further investment, after officially opening additional premises.
Smailes Construction, which has its head office in the town’s Fourways 2 building, has signed a five-year lease on a new premises at Coquet Enterprise Park.
Newcastle United legend Peter Beardsley and students from James Calvert Spence College helped to open the facility recently.
Smailes Construction currently employs 16 and is expected to announce the arrival of around four new members of staff in the coming weeks.
Launched three years ago, the company has increased its turnover from an initial £500,000 to £1.5million in its second year of trading and is anticipated to top the £2million mark at the end of this month.
The specialist construction firm decided to launch huxmar, a subsidiary which specialises in designing and building bespoke summerhouses and kitchens, in order to broaden the range of services it can offer, as well as the value of contracts it is able to deliver.
The new unit will not only double up as a workshop for the assembly and manufacture of bespoke joinery items, it will also be a dedicated showroom for huxmar’s range of kitchen and summerhouse products.
Managing director David Smailes said: “We needed to take on more space and the new showroom will allow us to grow the huxmar brand, as prospective clients are able to see first-hand the range of kitchens available and the standard of workmanship they can expect when choosing us.”
Smailes supports JCSC with its Construction Level 2 course by organising site visits for the students and delivering presentations to encourage them to consider entering the industry.
David added: “I’m passionate about promoting the construction industry as a sector with great career opportunities, and supporting the community.”