EVERY cloud has a golden lining for Wearside businessman Grant Findley.
The rotten winter weather, coupled with an investment in new technology, has helped family-owned firm Findley Roofing and Building double its annual turnover for the second year in succession.
This year’s sales figures have soared past the £1million mark and another big rise is predicted for the current year of trading.
Now boss Grant is keeping his fingers crossed that this winter brings the same gruelling conditions – and the same bumper crop of business.
“One of the reasons for us having another great year was the harsh winter and we are hoping for another one at the end of this year,” he said.
Flexible payment terms had also helped to make the Washington company’s services an attractive option for cash-strapped customers, especially young home-owners on the lower rungs of the property ladder:
“We have a great relationship with insurance companies and we are one of the only North East companies to offer roofing on finance for largely younger people who can’t afford to pay upfront,” said Grant.
Findley Roofing and Building has been operated by the family for more than 40 years.
The firm has enjoyed rapid growth since Grant took the reins from his father Brian in 2008, after swapping a possible career in the law for one running the family business.
The company, which offers building, property maintenance and repair services as well as roofing and solar panel installation, saw its annual turnover climb from £200,000 to £460,000 last year, with this year’s figure more than doubling to around £1million.
Next year, sales are predicted to rise significantly again to about £1.65million, as the company continues to be buoyed by demand for its unique package which allows homeowners to pay for roofing and building works on longer-term finance.
The family group also believes much of its recent success can be attributed to an increase in flat roof work which followed its investment in new technology that allowed it to broaden the range services it can offer.
Twenty-nine-year-old Grant – who took over the running of the family firm after completing a law degree – believes customer service has been at the heart of its successful expansion.
“Most importantly, I think our success is down to our focus on quality and our reputation as a trusted and reliable company,” he said.
Findley Roofing and Building has a fleet of 10 vans and covers the domestic market in the North East, as well as carrying out contracts with schools and medical surgeries.
For more information visit: www.findleydevelopments.co.uk.