Time and money spent on making Simon Barker Plumbing and Heating of Spalding a major player in the home improvement market is now bearing fruit.
The business run by Simon and Sarah Barker from their home in Magellan Way has taken on two new apprentices, Harvey Maxwell (18) and Jake Loveridge (18), both of whom have already embraced the Barkers’ belief in delivering a good quality service.
Simon said: “We set up the business in August 2008 and, including our permanent sub-contractors and the two apprentices, there are seven full-time employees here.
“The business has grown organically and we have a very strong and loyal customer base which is why we get an awful lot of work from referrals.
“We’ve gone through a company training programme and, working in conjunction with another company, we’re investing a lot of time in training our team in the renewable energy field where the potential is massive.”
Jake and Harvey, both from Spalding, trained together at college before being taken on by Steve and they have already settled into the business.
“It’s exciting and we get along really well with everyone,” Jake said.
Harvey added: “We knew Steve was a big name in Spalding and working for him is a lot better than we thought it would be.”
Simon Barker Plumbing and Heating has a five-year expansion plan which includes adding another qualified heating and plumbing engineer to the team.
“Renewable energy is going to be a big part of our future, but we’re not going to lose site of our core business and we pride ourselves in doing what we say we’re going to do and turning up when we say we’re going to turn up,” Simon said.
The business has been backed by South Holland District Council’s Grants4Growth programme which has provided funding for two new vans in keeping with its expansion into the renewable energy market.
Simon said: “It’s great to find two new apprenctices and funding for two new vans, both invaluable resources, locally.”