Regional Growth Fund loan helps Stafford based business

A Stafford company which makes aluminium windows and doors has grown to employ 13 in just seven months since it started in business.

Lordswood Architecture’s growth has been aided by a £50,000 Regional Growth Fund loan.

Founder and managing director Dee Benning said that the funding obtained with the help of the Wolverhampton-based BCRS Business Loans had helped them grow from scratch in November. The loan fund is being delivered by BCRS with loans from £10,000 to £50,000 being made available to viable Staffordshire based businesses already turned away by the main stream lenders.

“We now are on target for annual sales of circa £3 million and 13 jobs have been created,” said Mr Benning.

Following a visit to Lordswood’s new offices and factory which it leases at Brindley Close on Tollgate Industrial Estate, Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy raised the success of the business at  a Prime Minister’s Question Time as an example of how the RGF was helping new businesses.

Mr Benning said that Lordswood was continuing to win new orders, mainly for refurbishment projects, from all over the country.

“We will be looking to move to bigger premises as early as next year if the growth continues at the current rate,” he added.

Lordswood is making a range of low maintenance and energy efficient aluminium windows, doors and curtain wall systems.

Mr Benning said the main demand was for aluminium but it also made PVC windows and doors.

The company has its own team of designers who work on the specifications from customers.

Lordswood is currently working on a £350,000 project for Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s new conference and executive facilities at New Road, Worcester and is providing the windows and curtain walls for the Salvation Army’s refurbishment of its international headquarters at Sunbury Court in Middlesex.

Mr Benning said: “Our biggest order – £1.2 million – has been from the Bournville Village Trust. We have provided windows for its new headquarters and will be making windows for 300 houses in total for them”

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