Flame Heating Spares is set for continued growth and expansion after more than doubling its turnover to record another successful year in business.
The North East’s fastest growing Heating & Plumbing merchant recorded sales of £14.5m up from £6.4m in 2016, and has seen its employee count rise to 42 members of staff.
Flame has now reported year-on-year growth since it was established in 2011 by entrepreneur John Savage, with a single branch in Gateshead.
Flame currently operates seven trade counters across the region, having launched outlets in Ashington and Newcastle over the last 12 months, and has invested a further £200,000 to launch three branches in Scotland this summer.
The company is also planning to launch further branches in the North East in 2017, with a view to expanding nationally in the medium to long-term future.
John Savage, Managing Director of Flame Heating Spares, said: “It has been another strong year for Flame, buoyed by investments in new branches and our staff to meet increased demand for our services. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit vote and uncertain General Election result, we are still continuing to push on with our expansion plans to create even more job opportunities that will support the long-term future of the company.
“We are now in the process of expanding into Scotland and this is an exciting development for everyone associated with Flame, as these will be our first branches outside of the company’s traditional North East roots. This is another large stride forward to helping us realise our national ambitions and the future is looking bright.”
It has also been a positive year for John Savage, who has been shortlisted in a number of business awards, including the 2017 Institute of Directors (IoD) Yorkshire and North East Director of the Year Awards and the English SME Business Awards 2017. John is also the current IoD North East Young Director of the Year.
He added: “I have enjoyed a very successful period both in business and on a personal level, which has been a humbling experience and something I am incredibly proud of. Hopefully the company will celebrate further success in the future as we continue to expand.”