Scotland business

Window and kitchen maker Stevenswood's 'strong sales growth'

West Lothian window and kitchen maker, Stevenswood, has reported a strong growth in sales.

It plans to open 10 new outlets during this year, starting in Edinburgh, then Lanarkshire and the Highlands.

The company has reported sales up 23% to £13.1m in the year to last October, while more than doubling its workforce.

Its window sales rose 21% and sales of its rigid kitchens were up by 33%, from both trade customers and the general public.

Using PVCu and aluminium, it also makes doors and conservatories.

The company, with its headquarters and factory in Livingston, has been investing which subdued pre-tax profits, but they reached more than £500,000.

That investment was backed last February with £3.5m from the Business Growth Fund - the company set up by the UK government to help small businesses expand.

Loyal customers

It is claimed this led to an expansion from 60 to 158 workers, while doubling the number of trade counters from six to 12. New openings have been in Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow and Midlothian.

Managing director Ron Hepburn, said it was rewarding to see growth of more than a fifth in a year, and exciting to be opening new outlets.

He said: "Although our main market continues to be our loyal trade customers, we're also seeing a trend for consumers who want to 'do it themselves' and so they're planning their own kitchens, sourcing their materials from us and then choosing a tradesman to make the purchase."

Stevenswood was co-founded by Mr Hepburn in 1997, at first installing doors and windows. After 2000, it moved into manufacturing. It expanded into a new Livingston factory in mid-2014.

Patrick Graham, at the Business Growth Fund, said: "BGF invested nearly £50m in businesses across Scotland last year and we are always looking to speak to and meet with interesting companies, like Stevenswood, with ambitions to grow."

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