THE hunt for a job and a desire to run his own business led Ian Tinmouth to build his own company from scratch.
Now, 20 years on, his business, Quality Glass based in Tudor Road, South Shields, has gone from strength to strength,
As well as providing jobs for 15 people from South Tyneside, he has also been able to offer apprenticeships to young people looking for their first step on the employment ladder.
The latest teenager to be taken on by Mr Tinmouth is Bradley Mort, 17, who is being trained to become a window and door fabricator.
Mr Tinmouth, who is from South Shields, said: “It was a lot of long hard hours in the beginning, but working for myself is something I really wanted to do.
“When I first started I had to do everything myself, so it was a great feeling when I was then able to offer employment opportunities for local people.
“I also took on a few young people, some who are still with me now. So I know taking on young people and investing in their training does work and does have its benefits.”
Quality Glass provides windows, doors and supplies glass to the trade and public – including companies in South Tyneside.
More recently he has secured a contract with South Tyneside Homes.
The business has just invested in a CNC machine to enhance the manufacturing of composite doors, This has enabled it to take on three full-time members of staff.
Mr Tinmouth, 48, said: “Having your own business is hard work, but I am glad I decided to go for it all those years ago. I know it’s a cliché but it’s a great feeling knowing I have been able to give local people jobs and invest in the local community.”
Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, visited Quality Glass, along with Mayoress Patricia Ridley, to meet apprentice Bradley Mort.
He said: “It’s great to see someone from South Tyneside who started with nothing build such a successful business which is not just providing local people with jobs, but offering young people the opportunity to get their first step on the employment ladder through apprenticeships.”
n Quality Glass is looking for two new door fabricators – hand in a CV to Quality Glass in Tudor Road, South Shields.
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