Detailed History of Secondary Glazing
In 1980 upvc window and door manufacturing was added to our growing list of products and services.
In 1982 we added secondary double glazing to our product list.
1983 saw the company establish a site glazing division offering sealed units glazed for builders and self builders. Contracts up to the value of £250,000 began to be secured from national house builders.
Originally established as a partnership we became a limited company in April 1985.
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During 1986 conservatory manufacturing was added to our product range.
Also during 1986 the company purchased premises on Whinfield Drive, Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate, which it has been previously renting since 1978.
1989 saw the company introduce specialist glass and window profile optimisation software at a cost £7000. This software means that our pvcu profile waste was reduced from 15% to 2%, the glass wastage was reduced from 15% to 5%.
The software is still in use today and has paid for it's self many, many times over. All waste from these products has been recycled from the day that the company opened its doors in 1978 in respect of glass and in 1980 when we branched into the manufacture of UPVC windows and doors. Our company colours are green and so was our company ethos, many years before green issues came to the fore.
At the same time automatic glass cutting equipment was installed offering a high degree of accuracy and efficiency.
During the 90's the manufacture and installation of commercial aluminium windows and doors was also added to our growing portfolio of products and services. One our the earliest works being carried out for Durham County Council's architects department.
September 1996 saw the launch of our very first web site. www.thebbgroup.co.uk.
In 1997 our Managing Director was interviewed on Sky Business News by Gerard Tubb in relation to our internet sales.
2000 saw the company secure internet orders from Transco, Isle of White Council, Parliamentary Direct Works dept for Kensington Palace, Ministry of Defense and Watford Football Club to name but a few.
Although we have been involved with secondary glazing since 1982, we launched our web site; www.secondaryglazing.com, in March 2000, the first order coming from Industrial Estates Scotland (IES) valued in excess of £35,000. Over the years we have supplied secondary glazing to councils, airports, local authorities, national house builders, The National Trust and countless householders. By coincidence, our new premises are right nest to the IES Centre in Newton Aycliffe.
In 2001 we fulfilled our first export order to Europe.
2002 saw orders received from Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden, sash windows orders from Italy and Germany, and a conservatory order from Germany.
2002 also saw the company dispatch goods to Monaco, France, Spain, Greece, Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, the Orkneys, the Shetlands, Jersey, the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Bahrain, Germany and Norway, all in the first half of the year.
The second half of 2002 brought a continuing steady stream of orders from Europe and Scandinavia as well as an order which was dispatched to Yamanashi, near Tokyo, Japan.
During 2003 amongst the many orders received included a small order from Miami in Florida and our first conservatory order from the USA which was delivered to Los Angeles port and shipped by road to Arizona.
During 2004 we received the first of quite a few orders from CERN (The world's largest particle physics laboratory) in Switzerland. In the same year we shipped a conservatory to New Haven, Connecticut, and one to Calgary in Canada.
During 2005 we exported two conservatories to Holland and one to Portland, Oregon.
In 2006 the company continued its controlled growth without borrowings, or an overdraft facility, building on a secure financial base, and closely overseen by the directors and the senior management team.
In this year our most notable order, amongst many, was for a conservatory to be shipped to San Diego. - Web design Middlesbrough
2007 saw the company purchase the Blue Bridge Centre. These premises where purchased from company reserves and are not subject to a mortgage or any borrowings, including overdraft. This also applies to our existing Whinfield Drive premises, which we have retained.
2007 Notable Orders;
Orders received from the US Airforce and the US Navy.
First conservatory order from France.
Plastics order to Gibraltar.
French doors to Jersey, Channel Isles.
2007 also saw the company provide Interior Glass Doors for a property that was featured on Channel 4's 'Property Ladder'.
August 2008 saw us partnered with Hitachi Capital who are part of leading electronics firm Hitachi Electronics. We can now offer consumer finance on our supply and fit products. We are also working with them to enable us to offer consumer finance to our supply only products.
We have been settled in our new building for a full year. We are also celebrating the company's 30th Birthday, which was established back in 1978.
We have now recently had our products featured on two popular DIY television shows. Our Interior Glass Doors have been featured on Channel 4's Property Ladder. They have also been used on BBC's DIY SOS programme, which will be aired later this year.
Notable Orders for 2008;
We have received another order from Germany for one of our conservatories.
We secured our first order to the continent of Africa.
We sold our first conservatory to Jersey and the Channel Islands.
While we sell many, many conservatories to Ireland, we have now sold our first Carport to that area of the globe.
We have also recently launched www.protechtestimonials.com, where you can view people's experiences when dealing with our company.
2010 has seen us receive our first orders for secondary glazing to be shipped to Italy and Zambia, Africa.