DELIGHTED officials at a Hartlepool windows company can rightfully call themselves champions after landing a national title.
Sedgefield Windows, which is based in Ullswater Road on the Longhill Industrial Estate, has been chosen as the PVC system supplier REHAU’s Installer of the Year.
And for company owner Mark Hughes, it was a fantastic result after the company’s performance in the 2014 competition when it also did admirably by finishing as runner-up.
Back in 2014, Mr Hughes told Business Update: “We want to step up to the next level and set our sights to win next year.
“We are trying to grow the business and bring more employees in this year.”
Both his predictions came true, with Sedgefield Windows winning the national crown and taking on extra staff.
Mr Hughes told Business Update: “In the last 12 months, we have taken on three members of staff, one in the office and two on the road.”
He said everyone at the company was “pleased as punch” at the competition success and added: “We got what we set out to do.”
Two years of success in the nationwide competition marks a real achievement for Sedgefield Windows, especially as last year was the first time that it entered the national contest.
It beat off competition from almost 400 other window fabricators and installers across the UK who are also REHAU authorised partners.
Mark received a framed certificate to mark the achievement from REHAU’s area sales manager Hormoz Nouri.
The competition was judged by members of the REHAU authorised partner scheme and it was based on the feedback which was given by homeowners, based on the quality of the windows and doors installed and the service that they received.
REHAU is a huge international polymer company which, among a vast range of other products, makes moulded bumpers for the likes of BMW and Mercedes.
Sedgefield Windows has been established in Hartlepool for almost 20 years, and has built a client base almost solely on recommendation.
The successful firm opened a showroom in 2012 alongside its factory and has seen business increase significantly since.