Reeves Flooring Solutions
19th November 2014
Reeves Flooring Solutions has been in the commercial and domestic floor-covering business since 2000, working as a sub-contractor. From a full commercial refurbishment to a new bathroom floor, I have gained the expertise and reputation to offer precision installation for the full spectrum of flooring needs for any type of business or domestic property.
Where are you based?
In February 2014, I took the decision to progress my business further. The opportunity came up to lease a beautiful barn conversion on the Broughton Hall Estate, Broughton, near Skipton, North Yorkshire. I already worked closely with the Estate and have carried out most of their refurbishment requirements.
Who is your mentor and how have they helped you?
I applied to Airedale Enterprises in early 2014 for assistance in developing a business plan and a subsequent application for a Virgin Start Up loan. This was to help set up an additional business Reeves Flooring Solutions and to open a new showroom on the Broughton Estate, where I also live. Having the showroom facility I can now supply direct to the public, providing a much wider range of products across all floor covering ranges and gaining better discounts to give us the edge over competitors.
I was given help and advice by Airedale Enterprise’s David Gagen and ongoing advice has been made available to help with business support including sales and marketing which is discussed at regular review meetings.
What’s next for your business?
I am now working with several local builders as well as major Letting Agencies in Skipton, Ilkley, Skipton, Bingley and Keighley areas. The firm is starting to work with larger construction companies and applying for larger tender opportunities as they arise.
I have now currently employed a Sales Manager, Margaret Jones, who helps to organically grow the business, handling the administration work and freeing me up for measuring and fitting work. By attending various networking events around the area, Margaret is forging vital links with other local businesses in the area and each meeting usually results in bringing about a new project.
I have also taken on an additional member of staff to work on the fitting side of the business, who is currently learning all the different aspects of the trade.