Tile specialist finds ideal place to grow
FOR Ceramic Tile Merchants, two buildings were certainly better than one.
The business has recently packed up shop and moved its premises to enable the firm to boast more space, a revamped showroom and a separate warehouse unit.
The Beverley company, which supplies tiles for domestic and commercial use, has relocated its showroom to Grovehill Road and acquired a separate warehouse in Annie Reed Road to help the business expand and develop.
Managing director Garry Cammidge said he is happy with the decision to move the company.
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He said: "This is definitely a better location for us and the showroom, which is about one-and-a-half times bigger than our previous premises, is a lot nicer.
"We are pleased we made the move and it has been able to take us forward."
The new Grovehill Road showroom provides the tile business with 5,000sq ft and the Annie Reed Road warehouse offers more than 7,000sq ft of extra space.
Mr Cammidge said the company, which has been running since 2003, has spent about £100,000 refurbishing the showroom, which was previously a tyre depot, and spent another £250,000 on the warehouse.
He said: "We have invested quite a lot of money but this is because of our confidence to take the business forward and grow it.
"We were short of space before, so because of this move, we have been able to create bigger displays to show off our products.
"It has always been my aspiration to take the business forward and times are not easy but we are very pleased with what we have achieved."
When the new showroom in Grovehill Road came up for sale, Mr Cammidge said it provided an ideal opportunity for the business, which employs ten members of staff.
He said: "We felt we had to take the opportunity. We have wanted to do it but never found a suitable building.
"There was a lot of interest in this building because there's a shortage of this type of unit, so we were pleased we were able to get it."
When the Annie Reed Road warehouse came up for sale – which is in the same road the business was previous based before moving the showroom to Grovehill Road – this was another chance for the business to expand.
The deal was overseen by commercial property agents PPH Commercial.
Mr Cammidge said: "The timing wasn't ideal but it came up for sale at a suitable price, so we took the opportunity.
"We were short of space before so now we have both buildings, we have been able to create bigger displays for customers and I am very proud of where we have got to.
"We have a lot of experience and really good suppliers. The past three years have not been easy and the climate has been quite tough but we have worked hard at it and have succeeded."