Growing plumbing firm benefits from council support
JTM Plumbing, an online business which sells thousands of products each month, has bought a 2.2acre plot of land from Darlington Borough Council on Faverdale Industrial Estate.
Managing director Jason Mulroy said he hopes to increase his product range, boost the £6.5m annual turnover and add to his 24 staff once the new units are up and running.
Mr Mulroy was aided in his search for a larger site by the council’s Invest in Darlington team, who he approached after struggling to find a unit that suited his needs in the town.
“I didn’t want to move elsewhere, or make my staff commute, so I came to the council to ask how I could keep my business in Darlington,” he said.
“Within a week they were showing me land the council has available in Faverdale to buy. The site gives us scope to grow without having to keep moving."
Mr Mulroy set up his company, which supplies pipe and fittings across the UK and internationally, in 2009 as a sideline from his home while working as a plumber on building sites.
The business has outgrown each of the units it has used so far and he said without support from the council to find a larger site he might have been forced to move his business out of the town.
The Invest in Darlington team also put him in touch with the Tees Valley Business Support Scheme and, with help from accountants Anderson Barrowcliff, Mr Mulroy was able to secure a capital grant of £100,000 towards the costs of building the first of four possible units on the site.
Tees Valley Business Support’s Capital Grant scheme is funded by the SSI Task Force which was set up after the closure of the Redcar steelworks.
Councillor Chris McEwan, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “It’s great to hear success stories like JTM Plumbing and even better when the council has a role in supporting their growth.
“I’d encourage other businesses in the borough that might be looking for help and advice to take the next step to get in touch with the Invest in Darlington team.”
Invest in Darlington, the council’s business support team, can assist businesses of all sizes, or someone looking to set up a business, with help in looking for new premises, accessing funding or grants or finding specialist support.
For more information call Invest in Darlington manager Mark Carrigan on 01325 406298 or email [email protected]