NORTH-EAST fireplace manufacturer, CVO Fire, has expanded into the South-east.
The Newton Aycliffe-based company has opened a new Firevault showroom on the outskirts of Reading.
The 2,000sq ft site - located at Easter Park, Silchester - marks the third year in business for CVO, which was established in 2007 by managing director, Andrew Munro, and financial director, Christine McLoughlin.
Earlier this year, CVO expanded its European operations following a 25% increase in sales, setting up its first showroom in Germany. In the last three years, the company has increased its European presence by recruiting distributors across Europe.
All of CVO’s fires are manufactured at the company’s factory in Newton Aycliffe where its workforce grew from 12 to 16 last year.
Mr Munro said: “Many of our customers are based around the South and South-east of England so this is an incredibly important area for our growth. There is a huge demand for our fires in this region, which doesn’t seem to have been so badly affected by the recession, so the next logical step was to open a showroom in a convenient location.”