Sunderland glazing firm' growth follows site relocation

NE&C (North East & Cumbria) Windows and Doors has boosted staffing levels by more than 20% as part of expansion plans which have seen the Sunderland-established firm bring all of its operations under one roof

Heather Ramshaw, Cllr Paul Watson, Ed Ramshaw
Heather Ramshaw, Cllr Paul Watson, Ed Ramshaw

A family-run glazing business is growing its workforce and product range after moving into a larger factory.

NE&C (North East & Cumbria) Windows and Doors has boosted staffing levels by more than 20% as part of expansion plans which have seen the Sunderland-established firm bring all of its operations under one roof.

The business, which designs and manufactures a range of UPVC and aluminium windows, doors and conservatories for the commercial and residential sector, has brought its design and manufacturing divisions into one 16,000 sq ft unit at Glover Industrial Estate in Washington, having previously run two smaller units.

To meet demand for new designs five new staff jobs have also been created, a headcount rise of 23%.

Since the business was started a decade ago by managing director Ed Ramshaw and wife Heather, the company’s financial director, NE&C has grown from a turnover of £250,000 to over £1.3m and the staff of four has increased to 21, and the company said the business can grow further, having expanded its design range and capacity.

Heather Ramshaw said: “That figure will continue to grow. We’re not looking at a cap on how many people we employ now that we have a factory to grow in the future.

“In the last 18 months, we have created a glass production unit and introduced new designs. We are trying to build our portfolio with it all under one roof.

“We started with UPVC frames, then expanded into aluminium and now the production of bi-fold doors. We are also looking at conservatory roofs in the future. We pride ourselves on the quality of our design, manufacture and service which means we produce everything in-house and can offer a more competitive price to our customers.”

New contracts are already being secured, and the business has just won a tender with Sunderland City Council to maintain, repair and renew aluminium windows and doors.

It is also part of the Buy Sunderland First scheme, run by the council to ensure local companies have the opportunity to bid for local authority work, keeping money generated in Sunderland within the local economy.

Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We are delighted to have helped NE&C’s move into a new factory and share the company’s confidence that it will continue to grow, creating more jobs and wealth for Sunderland and the region’s economy.”

NE&C managing director Ed Ramshaw added: “You are only as good as the people you work with and we are proud of all of our staff who have assisted us with the move into a far bigger facility. We are confident about the future and we have a marketing strategy to continue to grow.”

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