FIREPLACE manufacturer CVO Fire has seen sales warm up by nearly a third after opening new showrooms at home and abroad.
The Newton Aycliffe company saw a 30% rise in its £2m revenues last year following the launch of its FireVault store near Reading and its first overseas branch.
The company also saw its European revenues up by a quarter after it opened a showroom in Germany.
The three-year-old company has opened distribution networks in Spain, Cyprus, Greece and Ireland, and has increased its European presence by recruiting distributors in Portugal, Norway and Sweden.
Managing director Andrew Munro said the firm was set for further growth after nearly doubling its workforce to 20 staff over the past year.
It plans to increase production with the launch of a new range of high-efficiency gas fires to help reduce energy bills for both domestic and commercial customers.
“We knew it was an ambitious task to launch new ranges and open a new showroom in an economic downturn, but the impeccable work of our team has paid off as we’ve had our most successful year to date,” he said.
“We design, produce and manufacture every aspect of our fires at our County Durham headquarters so customers are always guaranteed a British-made quality product, tested to the highest safety standards in Europe.”
CVO focuses on eco-friendly and energy-efficient fires and makes flueless gas fires, which can reduce running costs by about 60% compared with conventional gas fires.
This year CVO Fire also launched a new balanced flue range of fires.