Aspect Facades was established in 2017. Based in Shildon, County Durham, the business specialises in the design, supply, installation and maintenance of roofing and cladding systems. Sales Director, Dan Parker, shares his experience of accessing one-to-one business support through the Growth Hub Connect service.
How did you hear about Growth Hub Connect?
I was at a business networking event talking about trying to identify some funding and was recommended to get in touch with the North East Growth Hub. I got in touch with Karl McCracken from Growth Hub Connect hoping to get some advice on securing working capital for the business, as we had recently taken on a large project and I wanted to secure some funding to help our business to grow.
What happened when you got in touch with Karl?
It was easy to get in touch and Karl came out to see us at our premises. He was interested to learn a lot about the business, he quickly understood and once he’d gathered some information, he came up with some recommendations for us. Karl is really knowledgeable and he’s a nice guy as well. He offered us a lot of help.
What did you hope to get from the service?
My priority when I got in touch with the Connect service was funding and we got exactly what we needed and more. We successfully applied for working capital funding and Karl also put us in touch with people who could help with other aspects of the business, particularly in the areas of finance and mentoring.
What’s the impact been on your business?
The impact on the business has been huge. We carried out a large project which we might not have gone for if we didn’t have that funding. This has taken the business to a different level – our turnover doubled within six months and we took on three more people.
What’s next for Aspect Facades?
We’re looking to grow our turnover to £2.5m and are currently planning the next stage of growth. We are also in the process of setting up a second business concentrating on the supply of materials.
Getting in touch with the Connect service was definitely really worthwhile, it’s been a really good result for our business. And, I know who to call next time when we’re looking for business support or funding.
Growth Hub Connect helps businesses to grow by providing impartial insight into the various support and funding schemes available in the region. Through the provision of one-to-one support, our Growth Hub Connectors will work with businesses of any size and at all stages to identify and adopt the business support and finance services that will support growth and improvement. Find out more.