Martin mounts up the hours

Martin and Alison Horne pictured with daughter Sophia in their Front Street, Wingate business.
Martin and Alison Horne pictured with daughter Sophia in their Front Street, Wingate business.

AN entrepreneur is working all hours possible as he bids to make a success of a fledgling interiors business.

Martin Horne, 27, has opened Horne’s Interiors in Front Street, Wingate, which sells flooring, wallpaper, blinds and fabrics.

But he is also doing night shifts at Redcar blast furnace, working as an assistant for a scaffolding company.

And he also has plans to expand the interiors shop within weeks.

But undaunted Martin said he is doing it because he wants to create a business that his 16-month-old daughter Sophia can move into when she is older.

“In the next month, we will be opening another part of the business upstairs to do accessories such as cushions and picture frames,” said Martin.

The new Wingate shop used to be a cafe and a butcher’s premises and Martin said: “They moved to a new building and I did some work for them. I said I would take the premises off their hands.”

In the past, Martin had worked as a commercial floor layer and was self employed. His clients included big companies as well as hospitals.

His work has taken him all over the UK and as far away as Australia.

The Norton-born man, who is married to Alison, 27, said: “I wanted to start a family business.

“The way things are with the economy, and because we don’t know how it will be when Sophia is 20 or so, I thought it would be nice to have something for her to step into.”

He said he “spent a few months” converting the Front Street premises from a former cafe and butchers into an interiors business. He added: “I am still working on nights to finance the refit.

“I am working through the night and then doing a few hours in the shop when I can.”

He said his uncle, Richard Horne, 50, also helps out in the shop.

Martin added: “I think I can make a go of this.”