Clevedon-based installers and fabricators Seal-Lite are well-known around the North Somerset area, but not just for the windows, doors and conservatories that they fit.
Seal-Lite take an active role in their local community, regularly sponsoring charitable events along with a number of local grassroots sports teams. They also are one of the more sizable employers in the area.
From humble beginnings to a leading local employer
After starting out working by hand in a Nailsea garage over 20 years ago, Seal-Lite have since come a long way from such humble beginnings.
After stints in Langford and Yatton, they made the move to Clevedon where they employed 21 locally-based members of staff. After moving into their current premises in 2007, they now employ 53 members of the local community, providing income to a substantial number of North-Somerset residents.
This income is then reinvested back into the local area, providing income for other local businesses and giving the economy a well-received boost.
Environmentally-friendly processes and local trade suppliers
Seal-Lite have also reinvested over £1.5m into their manufacturing facilities and the machinery inside, a significant chunk of which was spent on solar power and recycling technologies.
An example of this is the Solar PV system that they use when installing their products. This system generates 50% of the electricity that is used when on-site, which lowers their carbon footprint significantly.
This isn’t the only example where they do more for the environment and help others in the local area, however; Seal-Lite supply other local tradesmen with a variety of uPVC and aluminium products along with their associated accessories. These are all priced competitively too, giving their trade customers plenty of opportunity to find themselves a good deal.
What is really impressive about Seal-Lite, however, is that they recycle the old windows and doors that their trade customers bring them completely free of charge.
Recycling old products can be both expensive and time-consuming so such a service can be very helpful to other traders. Reusing products is, of course, much better for the environment than them going to landfill too.
Sponsors to various sports teams and community events
As sponsors to Long Ashton Golf Club, Nailsea Cricket Club and Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Football Club, Seal-Lite also provide essential funding that goes towards the day to day running of several local grassroots sports clubs.
Grassroots clubs are often reliant on such sponsorship in order to stay afloat so their investment is important to several members of the local community.
Seal-Lite were also the lead sponsors for local charity event the Westend Weekend. This event was held to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young, a personal cause for many in Nailsea after a resident of the town, James Colman, died in his sleep, aged 22, as a result of an undiagnosed heart condition.
The actions shown by Seal-Lite are an excellent example of how a company can do much more for the local community outside of their traditional business model, and one which other companies would do well to take note of.