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House Martin – The First Ten Years

Michael outside the Chudleigh Showroom with a finial ready for site deliveryIt hardly seems possible, but the little company that Stephen and Roz started back in the summer of 2001 is now ten years old.

Learning his crafts with Xpelair in Birmingham and the South East, Stephen went on to work with specifiers within the Social Housing and New Build sector.

After various changes and re-shuffles Stephen found himself looking after the sales division of a regional pvcu roofline stockist, with 5 sales reps and fascia and soffit sales to most of the nation's largest developers.

The company directors looked for opportunities to diversify and grow the business, but having decided on a course of action a change of heart in the board room resulted in an opportunity to good to be missed.

House Martin GRP Ltd was founded as a vehicle to promote the low maintenance decorative mouldings which could add "kerb appeal" to new build housing.

Our earliest products were Glassfibre dentil mouldings designed to add an old world style to modern homes. Within a short period our impressive customer service saw us embark upon all manner of mouldings from external cornice, door canopies and columns.

What started out as a small time venture has taken us on a journey with a handful of reliable suppliers who have all become part of the "House Martin" family.

Unlike many of our on-line competitors we have had a direct input into the design and appearance of thousands of homes across Britain, and enjoyed successful trading with nations across the globe.

In 2007 we joined forces with Michael Chandler and launched an "Online Store" known today as "House Martin Online".

At the time of writing we have just enjoyed our two best months with a turnover of over £230,000 in a two month period.

Here’s to the next 10 years!

Thank you for your custom

Stephen, Rosalind & Michael