Based in Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, Andrew Locke Plumbing, Heating and Tiling Ltd, has been awarded the Business of the Month for July.
Andrew, an apprentice trained plumber, set up the business back in 1985 after being made redundant. Having been turned down by the banks for a loan to start the business, Andrew borrowed enough money from his mother to get it off the ground. Working initially with his mother as secretary, and then his wife and brother; the business has grown steadily over the years by reputation, word of mouth, hard work and long hours.
The business operates throughout Yorkshire and beyond on domestic and rented properties, also on a variety of commercial properties including schools and any business where a plumber or heating engineer may be needed. Working on everything from small contracts to sophisticated £1m schemes including the ‘Melting Point Apartments’ at Firth Street in Huddersfield. Andrew has also made the investment in a new bathroom showroom, Bathrooms by Design in Skelmanthorpe. By creating 44 display bays over two floors he has established a one-stop-shop for all bathroom and plumbing services that anyone would need, resulting in an impressive new outlet for the business.
The judges were impressed by the fact that Andrew’s business has grown steadily over the years from nothing to currently employing 18 staff whilst continuing to trade through what has been the longest slump in the building industry for many years, so great credit to Andrew for driving the business forward during these difficult times through hard work, good contacts and committed staff.
Andrew Locke, Managing Director said "we are very pleased and surprised to win this award, I often think the building trade does not get the reputation it deserves, I believe a thriving building trade is a thriving country. Times have been very tough in the last few years so to win the Business of the Month is a great achievement, we have managed to maintain a solid business and the award is for the whole team"
The Business of the Month Award is run in association with Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and UKTI. It is open to firms in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.
Enter your business into the awards -it's completely free! Download the application form or contact Ian Greenwood at Eaton Smith on 01484 821389 for more information.