A Northumberland-based repair business is hoping to fill a gap in the market when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms.
Revitileized Grout and Tile Services was set up in November by Ashington man Glen Waterston, 32.
The dad-of-one set up his new business on the back of a £9,000 start-up loan from Ready for Business.
Covering from the Borders to Middlesbrough, Waterston has ambitious growth plans and hopes to turn over around £20,000 within his first year in business.
Having already worked in the industry for a number of years, Waterston identified growing demand among domestic and commercial customers to restore equipment rather than buy completely new and he spotted a business opportunity.
He said: “In a kitchen or a bathroom generally the first place to show signs of wear and age are the tiles, in particular along the grout and silicone seals.
Often people think they need to rip out their entire suites and units when really the problem lies with their tiling and a few small, inexpensive changes will completely revitalize their rooms.
“I spotted a business opportunity and after researching the market discovered that despite the availability of technology to do the job; very few companies in fact offer a service to clean grout and tiles deeply and hygienically.
“I needed to access funding in order to purchase the equipment and after a few false starts with business advisers I read an article about Bill Hartshorne, business adviser at TEDCO which delivers the Ready for Business programme.
“Bill helped me to produce an investment ready business plan that mapped out my plans for the business and how the initial investment would be essential to help my business grow. With Bill’s help, I secured a business funding loan to buy the necessary equipment to get started.”
Revitileized Grout and Tile Services has already secured a number of commercial and domestic contracts – with factories, pubs, restaurants and private homes. Waterston now has plans to grow the business as demand for the service increases.
Ready for Business, which aims to create 6,000 businesses with 10,000 new jobs, is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Barclays and is delivered by the Cavendish Consortium, a partnership between some of England’s leading enterprise agencies together with the National Enterprise Network.
The programme has created more than 2,500 new enterprises and provides individuals with concentrated support in the pre-start stages of their new business, including training via free Get Ready for Business Seminars.