A construction firm based in the North East has recorded strong results after it battled huge challenges including the global pandemic and haulage crisis to celebrate its best year.

Despite Brexit and the soaring cost of materials, Tyneside Home Improvements achieved a record breaking turnover of £7million in 2021, and is now on track for another strong year after it achieved a turnover of £2million in the first quarter, with projected orders of £8million.

Managing Director Kevin Kerr said: "Omicron, material shortages and high costs are just a few of the massive issues we have faced. Some items rose in price from £6 to £50.

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"When the property market took off there was an increase in demand for our services which was fantastic, but it meant sourcing goods was even more difficult.

"Everyone in our industry was experiencing the same surge and so we were competing against firms who were able to buy in the millions as opposed to our thousands.

"I spent long hours into the night researching the market, establishing where we could get goods at reasonable prices. We bought in bulk and crucially were able to keep costs down for our clients.

"We increased orders by 15 per cent during the pandemic and are very proud of our success given the unprecedented challenges."

The dilemmas the company faced were in part mitigated by the housing boom, as a reduction in the number of properties on the market led to an increase in home owners seeking to improve rather than move.

THI saw a surge in demand for garage conversions, as clients working from home sought office space.

The firm, which offers a 10-year guarantee on all products, has now grown to employ 45 permanent and contract staff, as well as two apprentices, over several disciplines and trades.

THI's head office is in Jarrow, but it operates across a huge area which takes in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham, Stockton and Teesside.


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