Business in the spotlight: ABC Glass
Every month, The Directory Group shines the spotlight on a different business at the heart of local life. This month, we met Alan Hellyer of ABC Glass Processing, based in Portsmouth…
The leading bespoke glass specialists in the south, ABC Glass Processing serves the trade and public across the local area, from Bournemouth to Reading, across to Horsham and down to Worthing.
ABC’s services include made to measure painted glass splashbacks for kitchens and bathrooms, along with custom mirrors, glass balustrades, glass table tops, glass shelves, custom glass shower doors and decorative glass.
What inspired you to launch the business and how has the company changed since then?
“In 2000, three colleagues from Solaglas – me, Alan the office boy, Barry the cutter and Craig the processor – decided to go it alone and set up business ourselves. Hence the name ABC Glass Processing Ltd.
“We started out from what you might describe as humble beginnings - small premises in Stamshaw with no electricity, running water or toilets! We bought two second hand machines and off we went.
“Year on year, the company grew, and we invested our profits in machinery, premises and highly skilled workers, eventually expanding and moving to our current site here at Dundas Close in 2007.
“Last year, we bought the unit next door to effectively double our space to 18,000 square foot, and also recently invested in a new toughening machine.”
What do you believe sets your company apart from others in your industry?
“Firstly, we do everything in-house – we never sub-contract anything, as we want to ensure every single job is completed to the very highest standard by our own team.
“It’s all about quality and service. We have a lot of repeat business and a very local customer base, so it’s about looking after our customers as best we can and ensuring we always maintain our high standards.
“And of course, the quality of the materials we use is also vital – we always source top quality glass from the best suppliers and manufacturers, meaning the finished product is the very best it can be.”
What are your aims for the future of the business?
“Every single year since we started ABC, the business has steadily grown, and our aim is for that steady expansion to continue, by looking after our customers, maintaining highly skilled and committed staff and focusing on consistent quality with every job.”
ABC Glass Processing, Unit 2A, Dundas Close, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO3 5RB. Call 02392 678222 or visit www.abcglassprocessing.co.uk