Metrotile eyes record year
Chippenham-based Metrotile UK is poised to achieve a "record" year after boosting sales by 30 per cent in 2013.
Turnover is expected to rise to £7.1m at the business, which supplies tiles to the commercial and domestic markets. Net profit is forecast to reach £679,000.
The growth is down to a rise in demand for tiles for conservatories, which contributed to 25 per cent of Metrotile's growth this year.
Managing director John Cunningham said: "We sell a wide range of tiles suitable for many different purposes and the benefits – in terms of lower construction costs and lessened environmental impact – are significant.
"It’s proving to be a great time for us and the key to our growth has been our awareness of emerging markets which lets us satisfy our customers’ requirements. On top of rising sales for in our more traditional markets in commercial and domestic roofing, the surge in conservatory sales is really accelerating our expansion."
Cunningham added that he now hopes to forge relationships with developers.
"Our product has massive cost-saving potential for developments due to the shallower foundations which buildings with lightweight roofs require," he said.
"Indeed, we believe Metrotile roofs can create a change of practice on timber frame construction, in terms of being pre-constructed and quickly lifted into place, rather than being assembled once the frame is erected and exposed to the elements."