The Bristol franchise holders of national plantation shutters and blinds company Shuttercraft have opened the chain’s first UK showroom in Bristol.
Martin Burge was only the second owner of a Shuttercraft franchise when he set up the business in August 2012. Six years later and the company has grown significantly, adding more employees to the team including fitters and sales staff.
Now Martin and his wife Sue, who are both directors of Shuttercraft Bristol, have invested in the purchase and fit out of the new shop which is on Wotton Road in St Anne’s.
The couple are excited about the opportunity to display their products and serves to new customers at the new showroom.
“It’s amazing to be here,” said Mr Burge, “especially if I look back six years when I was starting the company – a new franchise brand – from scratch, with just me and a van.”
“The shop’s got plenty of parking and is only a 10-minute drive from places like Clifton and Redland where our core customer base is.
“They’re exceptional products – well-made, versatile and multi-functional – so you need a showroom to demonstrate all the benefits to customers. Everything a customer will need is here. We’ve got bay windows, patio doors and so on, all mocked up so that people can see what the end result will really look like.
“It’s also something that businesses which we’re looking to partner with would expect to see, so I’m expecting Shuttercraft Bristol to fly from here.”
As well as being a showroom for Shuttercraft’s range of plantation shutters and window blinds, the shop will also act as an office and a base for the sales team.
Sue plans to focus on business development, looking to meet with kitchen companies, designers, bathroom companies etc, while Martin will concentrate on sales and overseeing fitting.
Sue, who gave up a successful dog grooming business to help her husband with the development of his company, said she was looking forward to taking Shuttercraft Bristol to the next level. “We wouldn’t be able to afford to employ someone full-time on business development,” she said, “so it’s a pleasure to be able to support him and hopefully help Shuttercraft Bristol grow even more.
“Turning a job into a business which can sustain its own staff and premises isn’t an easy thing to do, so we’re really delighted we’ve reached this point and we’re excited about the future.”
Shuttercraft has 24 franchisees operating around the UK. Its franchise manager Sean Goldsmith said: “Congratulations to Martin and Sue on opening their showroom – we’re all delighted to see the progress of the business and are looking forward to seeing it develop further.”