A South Tyneside businessman is gearing up to take on the big companies as he looks to expand his brand.
For more than two decades Ian Tinmouth has been building up Quality Glass, which is based in Tudor Road, South Shields.
Everything is going really well with the business. We have invested in a new website, new machines and employed more people.”Ian Tinmouth
The company provides windows, doors and supplies glass to the trade and public including companies in South Tyneside.
But as his business continues to flourish the 49-year-old says he is gearing up to take his company to the next level.
He has invested in a new website which offers people the chance to design their own doors.
He has also recently invested in two new machines to increase the speed of production.
Mr Tinmouth, from South Shields, said: “Everything is going really well with the business.
“We have recently expanded onto the internet with a new website where people can go on and design their own doors and invested in two new welding machines.
“The new machines will speed up production which will enable us now to have the chance to offer what the bigger companies can do in terms of having faster turn around times.”
Quality Glass has already employed a number of people from South Tyneside and has recently recruited two more workers – David Nichol and Paul Kelly – as demand increases.
Mr Tinmouth has also been able to offer apprenticeships to young people looking for their first step on the employment ladder – some who are still working for him today.
He also hopes to secure more work from South Tyneside Homes in the future.
Mr Tinmouth, who started his business from scratch during his hunt for a job 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 is a great feeling that I am now able to offer employment opportunities for local people.
“Things have been on the up now for a while which has enabled me to invest in the new machines and the recruitment of more staff.
“Hopefully, these new investments will lead to more work and possibly more jobs.”
Anyone who wants more information on Quality Glass visit http://qualityglassandwindows.co.uk or call 0191 496 7700.