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GLAZING FIRM SMASHES IT DURING RECESSION

A North Wales glass company is proving to be a clear success by bucking the trend during the recession.

Hughes Glass and Glazing has been rapidly expanding at a time when many businesses have struggled.

The company, which is based on the Llandygai Industrial Estate, was set up in 2009 and has almost doubled its turnover.

Hughes Glass and Glazing currently employs six members of staff, but is planning to grow even more over the next year with a new building.

The business has quickly become North Wales’ leading commercial glass company and has landed national contracts worth millions of pounds.

It started as a family firm and thanks to managing director Adam Lacy’s business acumen, it has grown and grown.

Adam, 28, started his career as a motor technician but took the chance to take over a struggling glass company and Hughes Glass and Glazing was born.

He said: “I knew nothing about the glass trade when I started, but I learnt very quickly and we’ve now built up a really strong customer base.

“The way we work is by saving businesses and jobs from administration. For example, I employed a glazier from the glass company we took over and we also took charge of the vans, which were headed for the scrapyard.”

The company won contracts for kitting out large High Street chains like Greggs, DW Sport, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Peacocks and prides itself on sub-contracting those large glazing jobs to local glaziers, boosting the economy wherever the work is.

But no job is too small, because Hughes Glass and Glazing also takes on smaller jobs from replacing domestic windows to building a bespoke vivarium for a snake.

Adam said: “I’m always thinking of ways we can improve how we work and I’ve got plenty of ideas for how we can take things forward.

“We have been doing well so far and turnover has increased by more than 70%, which is great, especially at a time when many businesses have been struggling, but I’ve got plans to grow even more, so I’m looking at taking on apprentices in the near future and developing some software to improve how we deliver our services to clients.”

 

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