For Ronnie and Mandy Jordan, business couldn’t be better.
The couple admits things were a bit of a struggle last year for their glass business, Jordans Glass, but in November came a turning point which brought them more trade, more equipment and the chance to take on more staff.
And it’s thanks, they say, to Geoff Boocock, who retired at the end of last year, leaving the Boococks Glass legacy to the South Shore firm.
The Gazette told last week how Boococks, on Coleridge Road, had ceased trading after 60 years
Ronnie, 41, said: “Geoff rang us up one day and said he was retiring and closing down his business, and would we be interested in buying his machinery.
“We agreed, and Geoff was even kind enough to send us a lot of his work. As customers were going he in told them he was closing down and passed on our details.
“January and February are normally quiet months for us, but thanks to his recommendations we’ve been kept very busy.”
As well as machines which edge glass and engrave handles into it, Ronnie has also taken on two former Boococks workers, Cliff Ingham and Steve Pittle.
They join his son, Brad, on the shop floor.
And business is booming so much, Ronnie, who set up Jordans eight years ago on Stanmore Avenue, is hoping to take on some more staff.
Ronnie added: “We’ve stepped everything up a gear because we’d do anything to keep the trade in town.
“Getting Geoff’s call was a surprise – he’s been around a long time and he what he doesn’t know about glass isn’t worth knowing. He’s got a very good reputation, which can be hard to build up. It’s an absolute honour that he has chosen us to take on his work.”
Ronnie says he never considered himself in competition with Mr Boocock, as his firm was “far superior”.
“They had the machines on site and more staff than us who had experience and knowledge,” he said.
“We were just plodding along but we were a local family business with a friendly set up. It’s exactly how Geoff ran his business and I think he liked the idea that we were quite similar.”
Mandy is also pleased with their newly booming business. She said: “We’ve been here eight years, but we’ve been struggling. Since Boococks closed down we can’t believe how busy we’ve been.
“It’s so lovely to see and it’s been so good for us.
“We’re so honoured.”
Click here to read more on the closure of Boococks: GLASS FIRM CLOSES ITS DOORS