IN THE first week of the 2021 Rossendale Business Awards being open for nominations, 52 businesses, organisations and individuals were put forward. Nominations for the awards, which are organised by business association Valley at Work, will be open until October 20 with the presentation evening at The Ashcroft in Whitworth on December 1.
One of last year’s winners was joinery firm Douglas and Peters, which makes quality bespoke timber windows and doors. The company, based on New Line Industrial Estate, Bacup, was founded in October 2017 by Directors Andrew Douglas, Jerry Brierley and Jermaine Peters along with junior director Richard Williams. Last year the company, which currently has 15 staff, won the Large Business award at Rossendale Business Awards, now business is booming and they are looking to take on new employees.
Andrew said: “We have more than 100 years’ experience among the staff who work here, but we are looking to introduce younger blood. My son Josh now works here as does Sam, Jerry’s son, and we are hoping that there will be a genetic continuation of the business. Ninety per cent of the company’s products are sold to developments in Northampton and the South, but the business has just started getting orders from the Cheshire area. In many of the villages in Northampton you never see a PVC window frame, whereas in Rossendale and Rochdale you rarely see timber frames. Our timber comes from sustainable forests and whereas a PVC or aluminium window will last around 20 years and then go into a landfill, a timber frame will last around 67 years. It may be more expensive, but it will last longer. The use of sustainable timber products also contributes towards the government’s aim to become carbon neutral. The pandemic meant orders slowed in February 2020 and the first national lockdown closed the business in March for five weeks; in total around two months of work was lost.
However, the business has bounced back and a new extension has been built to store finished products leaving more room inside the unit for manufacturing. Andrew said: “In the last year we bid for £9million worth of work and secured £1.5million, that is a good rate of return. We now have orders booked in up to October and more to follow after that.” The directors used to work together in a business which was bought out by a large American corporate, that was when they decided to set up on their own.
To nominate a business for this year’s awards visit https://r-awards.co.uk/ and click on nominate. The business then decides which categories they wish to be considered for.
Story by Catherine Smyth Media