Family Firm Continues Growth with New Year Expansion

26th January 2012

A RIPLEY based building supplier of soffits, guttering and fascias has relocated to Unit 4 Butterley Croft Business Park, Ripley in a deal secured by NG Chartered Surveyors.

NG acted on behalf of the landlord to secure a five year lease with Ripley Building Plastics on a 2,304sq ft unit.

Julie Kirkman, managing director set up the company with her husband Tony in May 2011. Despite trading for just over six months it has already outgrown its start-up unit and is leasing a bigger one.

“We supply soffits, guttering and fascias to the building trade around Nottingham and Derby,” said Julie. “My husband set up the firm after he left the building trade. He worked in it for 12 years building extensions and conservatories.

“Following the recession a lot of building contracts dried up, and at the same time we saw a gap in the market to supply quality soffits, guttering and fascias to local companies – so set up the firm.

“We’ve been trading for just over six months, but already we have outgrown the unit we started in. We’ve upgraded to a bigger space with is allowing us to store more stock as demand grows from our customers.

“Our prices are competitive and our product knowledge is second to none. That’s what sets us apart. Every week we see new customers, our growth success is a result of word of mouth and excellent customer service. We have also kept our overheads manageable so we can pass the best prices over to our customers.”

Amy D’Hooghe, who managed the deal at NG, said: “Julie and Tony wanted to increase the size of their unit without leaving the Ripley area. Butterley Croft is an excellent business park with great links to Nottingham and Derby.

“The challenge was finding them a unit which fulfilled all their needs now, whilst also considering their future growth requirement. The new lease is 400 yards from the old one.”

Julie said: “The service we received from Amy was outstanding. She listened to our needs and made the whole process simple and straight forward. We are entering the next phase of the business and NG helped us secure the right premises to succeed.”

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