Lock man Andy is in the pink

Safe as houses: Andrew Stewart
Safe as houses: Andrew Stewart

Bosses at a Chorley double-glazing firm say their future is as safe as houses after taking on more staff.

Window and Lock Consultants Ltd have been running in Wheelton since 2007 and are bucking the trend after coming through a testing period.

Andrew Stewart, 36, set up the firm and has been joined by Mick Mayren and more recently added Stephen Appleton to his team.

He said: “It has been quite challenging and tough few years trying to get a business off the ground. When I started we were repairing windows and doors but now we are getting repeat business. A lot of our competitors in the home improvement sector have been struggling.

“But I think we have been doing well because I have been brought some good practice of customer service from the previous businesses that I have been involved in.”

Window and Lock Consultants Ltd specialise in providing professional and high-quality double-glazing service and do everything from repairing door mechanisms to even installing cat flaps.

Andrew says the company has around 1000 customers and believes his company is well-placed to face the challenges ahead.

He said: “We are a forward-thinking company and want to offer a great service by talking to customers about energy efficiency and ways they can improve their house. I think the economy is picking up and I firmly believe that.

“Over the past couple of months they have been looking at orangeries and extensions instead of looking to move house and getting a new mortgage.

“When we started we used a lot of subcontractors which meant we used them just when we needed them but our turnover has increased so we have employed more staff. I am delighted that Stephen Appleton has come in head of operations and installation.”

Window and Lock Consultants Ltd can be contacted on 0800 411 8770.