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New plumbing firm’s tapping into growth

Liam Johnson, left, is welcomed by manager Mark Heys watched by assistant manager Steve Ricketts.

Liam Johnson, left, is welcomed by manager Mark Heys watched by assistant manager Steve Ricketts.

A fast-rising business which only opened on the Fylde Coast in late summer has expanded its workforce to cope with early demand.

James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot’s branch on Mowbray Drive, Blackpool, has doubled its turnover in the first three months of trade.

Brisk trade has resulted in the firm – with 34 branches across the North of England – recruiting 20-year-old Liam Johnson, a former student at Blackpool and Fylde College.

And with a full bathroom showroom set to be incorporated in January, manager Mark Heys is confident of further development.

“I was always optimistic, but the early figures have far surpassed even my own expectations,” said Mark, a native of the Fylde Coast with 12 years’ experience in the plumbing and heating industry.

“We hit the ground running and, basically, it has been non-stop from day one.

“Being able to recruit Liam to the team is proof of how well things are going.

“He has worked alongside me before and will prove a great asset.

“He knows the business having been involved since leaving college and he shares our work ethic and determination to provide a quality service.

“But I truly believe we will be adding further to the staff in the next few weeks, once we have shown that the trade figures can stay at a consistently high level.”

New boy Liam, who attended Bispham High School before undertaking a plumbing career, now lives in Fleetwood with his partner, Dannielle, and one-year-old daughter, Lola May.

 

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