Showroom increases workforce by 50%

Adam Parton, left, of Moore and Smalley, with Steven Armer, right, of Rees Tiles.
Adam Parton, left, of Moore and Smalley, with Steven Armer, right, of Rees Tiles.

A MILNTHORPE tile supplier has opened a new Lancaster showroom, increasing its workforce by 50 per cent.

Rees Tiles and Flooring, which is based at Princes Way, Leasgill, decided to open the showroom at Lake Enterprise Park, off Caton Road, following a period of sustained growth.

The company, which established its first showroom and warehouse in Milnthorpe in 2000, has taken on two new employees and now has a 
six-strong workforce.

It imports ceramic and porcelain tiles for a customer-base across the north of England and further afield.

The distribution side of the business has also grown to supply around 50 tile shops and bathroom and kitchen showrooms throughout Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Merseyside.

Managing director, Steven Armer, said: “We have worked hard to build strategic partnerships with local businesses.

“This has resulted in orders to provide tiles for locations including Lancaster House Hotel in Lancaster, the Riverside Hotel in Kendal, and The Sun at Troutbeck Bridge.

“Further afield, we have supplied a national clothing retail chain, including outlets in the Trafford Centre in Manchester, Bull Ring in Birmingham and Oxford Street in London.

“Our success is a result of our friendly, family business values which place great emphasis on excellent customer service.”

Mr Armer added that the challenges facing Rees Tiles included a perception that high street chains were cheaper.

He said prices were comparable and that its products were of a high quality.

The company is being advised by Moore and Smalley Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in a number of areas including the business’

computerised accounting systems, which have improved financial management and operational efficiency.

Moore and Smalley, which has an office at Priory Close in Lancaster, has also provided advice on remuneration strategy and share structures.

Adam Parton, its corporate services director, said: “Rees Tiles is a great example of how small and medium sized businesses with an entrepreneurial approach and capable management team can succeed, despite the austere climate.

“It’s especially fulfilling to see our services bear productive fruit in this way and I’m confident that Steven and his team will go on to achieve even greater success.”

Mr Armer said he now planned to expand the firm’s market share in the Lancaster district. Opening a third location is an option and the distribution side of the firm is also likely to be expanded further.