Glazing firm expands to create new jobs

(l to r) Heather Ramshaw of NE&C, Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council and Ed Ramshaw, NE&C in the company's new factory.
(l to r) Heather Ramshaw of NE&C, Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council and Ed Ramshaw, NE&C in the company's new factory.
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A FAMILY-run Wearside business has created five jobs after moving into a new home.

NE&C (North East & Cumbria) Windows and Doors designs and manufactures a range of UPVC and aluminium windows, doors and conservatories.

It recently moved into a 16,000 sq ft unit on Washington’s Glover Industrial Estate from two smaller units on the town’s Pattinson Estate.

Since the business was started a decade ago by managing director Ed Ramshaw and wife Heather, the company’s financial director, the firm has grown from a turnover of £250,000 to more than £1.3million and the staff of four has increased to 21.

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

Key to NE&C’s expansion has been the company’s decision to design and manufacture new ranges, and bring its glass manufacture in-house.

“In the last 18 months, we have created a glass production unit and introduced new designs,” said Heather. “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.”

The business has just won a tender with Sunderland City Council to maintain, repair and renew aluminium windows and doors and 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.

The city council also provided support and advice to NE&C throughout the relocation. “Sunderland City Council was fantastic,” said Heather.

“We had worked with the business investment team on previous projects. We have a great relationship: they are easy to get on with and very helpful.”

Council leader Coun Paul Watson 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.

“Sunderland is an excellent location for both new and existing manufacturing businesses seeking to expand. The council can offer advice and support and I’d urge growing businesses to get in touch with us to see what help is available.”