The Bristol franchise holders of national plantation shutters and blinds company Shuttercraft have opened the chain’s first UK showroom.
Martin Burge was only the second owner of a Shuttercraft franchise when he set up the business on his wife Sue’s birthday in August 2012.
Six years later he has grown the company to turnover more than £450,000 – the business is aiming to hit half a million this year – and has four other employees including fitters and sales staff.
Now the husband and wife team, both of whom are directors of Shuttercraft Bristol, have invested £135,000 in the purchase and fit out of the new shop, which is in Wotton Road in St Anne’s.
As well as being a showroom for Shuttercraft’s range of plantation shutters and window blinds, the shop will also act as an office and a basis for enhanced sales activity.
Mrs Burge plans to focus on business development, looking to meet with kitchen companies, designers, bathroom companies and the like with a few to striking up new commission-based relationships. Mr Burge will concentrate on sales and overseeing fitting.
For now, however, the couple are excited about the potential which the showroom has for attracting new customers to experience the quality and versatility of the products on offer.
Mr Burge said: “It’s amazing to be here, especially if I look back six years when I was starting the company – a new franchise brand – from scratch, with just me and a van. Ours are exceptional products – well-made, versatile and multi-functional – so you need a showroom to demonstrate all the benefits to customers.
“It’s also something that businesses which we’re looking to partner with would expect to see, so I’m expecting Shuttercraft Bristol to fly from here. The shop’s got plenty of parking and is only a 10-minute drive from places like Clifton and Redland where our core customer base is.
“Everything a customer will need is here. We’ve got bay windows, patio doors and so on, all mocked up so that people can see what the end result will really look like.”