Ten years and counting for blinds maker

A BUSINESSMAN has marked 10 years of trading by revealing his plans for the future.

Tony Young is one of Hartlepool’s staunchest supporters.

He set up his firm in town in April 2001, expanded within the town when the business grew, and has always employed local people.

The owner of Blindcraft, based on the Park View Industrial Estate, told the Mail: “We are a local company which manufactures locally and employs local people. We keep money in town.”

Tony and Jean Young first formed the business when they moved into a small unit on the Park View Industrial Estate.

Tony said: “We stayed there for three to four months and had to rent next door because we were expanding at a rapid rate.”

Just six months later, the firm had to move again when it took on a 2,000 sq ft unit.

Further changes were needed when Blindcraft put in a mezzanine floor to its new unit to increase the space to 3,200 sq ft.

Blindcraft makes all types of blinds from vertical to Roman and Venetian and does it all at its Hartlepool site.

Tony’s business reached a height of a 10-strong workforce before the downturn in the economy and now stands at five.

He said: “We are surviving the credit crunch and, when we get through, we are looking to expand and get turnover back to what it was before the credit crunch.”