THESE are golden times for Hartlepool entrepreneur Darren Kinnersley.
The 47-year-old has just seen his firm given a top national award for its security standards.
And business is going so well, he is on the lookout for an extra mechanic.
Today, Darren explained the reason why his company Kinnersley’s Tow Bars and Trailer Centre, in Brenda Road, is doing so well.
He said: “It is all about marketing. It is about getting out there and letting people know what you are doing and what services are available.
“You should not just sit back and wait for customers to come to you. It is about getting people to know the sort of services you have available and that you are reasonably priced.”
Darren first opened Kinnersley’s Tow Bars and Trailer Centre in July 2009 to provide a service for people with caravans.
He believes that his business has succeeded partly because more people are choosing to spend their holidays in the UK during the economic hard times.
He added a caravan storage facility behind his Brenda Road business in March last year and that part of the firm has gone so well, said Darren, he has since increased its storage capacity from 100 to 140 caravans.
The success does not end there, the business has just won the Cassoa – Caravan Storage Site Owners Association – gold award for his levels of security on the storage site.
Judges were impressed with the facilities which include constant CCTV coverage, guard patrols, and high-level fences.
“I was really pleased to get the honour,” said the Hartlepool man.
“It is good to get the recognition.”
Darren’s strong fortunes look set to continue. He is now offering a car service, repair and MoT preparation service from his premises and is on the lookout to take on a mechanic.