Company expansion helping secure jobs

Metro Radio presenter Alan Robson opens Pennine Home Improvements' new �500,000 showroom at Benton.
Metro Radio presenter Alan Robson opens Pennine Home Improvements' new �500,000 showroom at Benton.
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A BOROUGH business has completed a £500,000 investment which will safeguard more than 200 jobs.

Pennine Home Improvements has opened a new showroom in Benton to showcase a new range of conservatories and energy efficient ‘A’ rated windows.

Sales director Mel Gess said the investment was a sign of confidence in the future of a brand name that has been trading in the north east for more than 30 years.

Now part of the successful Crownfold Group, Pennine has developed its latest products in response to customer demands.

“In the current economic climate more homeowners are choosing to invest in their own homes rather than seek to move to a new property,” said Mr Gess.

“One of the best ways to do that is by adding an orangery, sun room or upgrading an older conservatory.

“So to help we are launching some innovative and affordable ways of doing that.”

The new showroom was officially opened by radio personality Alan Robson, who has worked with the company in a promotional capacity for several years.

He said: “It is encouraging to see a well established local company making this sort of investment in its future.

“That not only has to be good for the company and its workforce but for many customers across the north east who will benefit from even better Pennine products in the future.”

Pennine is, for example, offering a part-exchange scheme whereby homeowners can trade in their existing conservatory for a new generation, hybrid orangery. To do that the top section of an old conservatory is taken off and replaced with an orangery-style roof with brick pillars to create a new look at an affordable price.

The result, says Mel Gess, whether homeowners opt for an orangery, sunroom or conservatory will be truly a room for all seasons that can be comfortably used all year round.

Pennine will also be shortly offering customers the very latest A-Plus rated, triple-glazed windows and – in a new departure – timber framed windows for homeowners living in older property, listed buildings or conservation areas where uPVC replacement windows are not acceptable to planning authorities.

All the latest Pennine products are now on display at the company’s new supersite at Benton that