Hull door specialist has key to success
FROM the swinging doors you walk through to get into a shop to the sliding ones at the theatre, a Hull based firm has secured its place in the automatic doors market and is continuing to grow.
Automatic door specialist N&N Services is enjoying a wealth of success and has secured a number of large contracts.
The east Hull business is run by business partners Nick Atkinson and Nick Hall. The two men launched the automatic door company five years ago and have more than 15 years of experience between them.
As well as installing doors, N&N provides service and maintenance contracts.
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The company's most recent success saw it fight off competition to be awarded a contract for Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, to service and repair the 86 doors across the sites.
N&N works with a number of high-profile clients, including the Sewell Group, Hull Paragon Interchange and Humberside Police. Further afield, it has a contract to look after the Peak District National Park, York NHS Trust, the Arndale Centre in Leeds and Selfridges in Manchester.
Mr Atkinson said: "It has been a very steady growth for the company and we have gained a reputation because, even though it sounds simple, we do what we say we are going to do.
"The business was quite difficult to start off with and it took a while to get going.
"It first started to grow about two and a half years ago and we think word of mouth has definitely helped us succeed."
The first big contract for the company was Paragon Interchange and, since then, it has continued to win major work.
N&N Services has supplied and fitted doors at Hull Truck Theatre and the Albemarle Music Centre in Ferensway, Hull city centre.
There may only be two people in the company but N&N has managed to create a prospering business.
Mr Atkinson said: "It can be quite demanding with just the two of us, so we will be looking to take someone on to help out.
"We hope we will continue to develop the business and gain large contracts."
At the end of N&N's financial year, in March, it is looking at a £350,000 turnover with a £50,000 net profit.
Mr Atkinson said: "We have achieved this by natural growth and we are looking to get more customers on board. But in order to keep the level of service we have got, we will need to take people on."
N&N is also planning to launch into new markets in order to expand.
The firm is looking at working in smoke ventilation, car park barriers and pedestrian access to keep up with modern, evolving technologies.