Glass Express Midland Limited was established by Salinder Singh in 2008 to manufacture and supply quality flat glass to trade customers. The company has seen a rapid growth, including providing flat glass for high-rise buildings, and can now boast more than 170 customers throughout the UK.
Although the business - which provides employment for 25 people - is very successful, the company's directors were concerned growth was restricted by operating from short term leasehold premises on the Anglo African Industrial Estate in Oldbury. With this in mind the Directors approached NatWest Commercial Banking who came up with a financial package to purchase the premises together with two adjoining buildings totalling over 30,000 sq ft. Additional business support has come from Lombard.
From their now owned Oldbury premises the company can look forward to developing their business further and have already gained new contracts.
In particular, as they now have more unit space, Glass Express is developing a new blind system for usage in double glazed window units. The blinds go into production at the end of March and the company already has firm orders for this product.
Salinder Singh, Managing Director of Glass Express Midland Limited, said: "At Glass Express Midland we pride ourselves on being able to manufacture and supply quality flat glass for a wide range of businesses and institutions. We have considerable knowledge, experience and a great reputation in this field and can supply glass tailored to meet the specific needs of our customers. Because we are able to provide quality glass solutions in an efficient and professional way we have been able to expand our customer base and have gained some important national contracts. Our only limitation has come from the size of our premises and the short term lease. It became essential for us to invest in the company and purchase our current premises as well as the two adjoining buildings for the benefit of the business, our staff and our customers. Now with our new enlarged premises we can not only grow our flat glass business, but also exciting new ones such as the blind system."
Sukhjeevan Nat, Senior Relationship Manager with NatWest Commercial Banking in Birmingham who arranged the financial package, said: "I am delighted that NatWest, together with Lombard have been able to support Glass Express Midland Limited with a financial package which has ensured they can purchase their premises and grow. In these challenging economic times, it really is great news to see a local manufacturing business not only thriving, but also growing.
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