Success in the pipeline for start-up plumbing firm

By Boost Business Lancashire

18 Jun 2019

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A start-up plumbing and heating supplier is on course to create 10 jobs and grow turnover to £2.1m in the next three years, thanks to Boost’s Growth Support Programme.

Chorley-based NGD Plumbing & Heating Supplies also benefited from an ultra-quick £36,000 start-up loan from Hyndburn Enterprise Trust, enabling the business to set up its premises and acquire stock.

Formed in June 2018 by co-directors Gareth Greenhalgh, Nick Smart and Danny Goodall, the company is a trade counter supplier to plumbers, building contractors, housing associations and local authorities.

Gareth has worked in sales in the UK plumbing materials industry for 15 years, Nick is a fully qualified plumber and Danny handles digital marketing after gaining experience at a Manchester digital agency. Their target is to open 60 trade accounts in the first 12 months of trading.

Boost Lancashire Business Growth Hub is led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and Lancashire County Council, and supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

NGD Plumbing & Heating Supplies was referred to Boost’s Growth Support programme after the directors approached Chorley Council about acquiring business premises.

Boost then referred the business to the UCLan Unite+ programme which enabled Gareth, Nick and Danny to utilise an experienced student on a 140-hour placement to help develop the business’ digital marketing strategy.

As part of the Growth Support programme, the directors attended a series of masterclasses for new and growing businesses covering sales, marketing and business planning. They additionally benefited from the support of a specialist business coach to help them put into practice what they learned in theory.

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