Profits up at Blairs Windows
Easdales’ window business thriving in London
Blairs Windows, part of the Easdale company, has posted a rise in profits on the back on setting up an aluminium frame-making company in Hillington.
It will complement its timber frame business which is also enjoying growth, particularly in England.
Managing director Alex Gray said: “The aluminium sector is very healthy and there is a shortfall in capacity. It is all part of the jigsaw we are putting together and it means we can offer a solution for every project.”
Blairs is seeing a growing demand for its high quality timber frame windows and doors in London following prestigious contracts in Knightsbridge and Mayfair on top of contracts for the London Olympics.
Mr Gray added: “There are major refurbishments going on in London and traditional timber windows have to be used because of conservation issues. We are perfectly placed to fulfil these specifications.”
James Easdale (pictured with brother Sandy above), whose family also have interests in transport and property, said: “We currently lease premises to Blairs because it fits in with our other glass-oriented businesses and there are clear synergies.
“Most of the companies in this sector we have rescued from receivership and we will continue to grow the businesses and look for acquisitions further afield.”
Figures lodged at Companies House for year to the end of December 2014 show turnover up from £3.277 million to £4.5m. Gross profit rose from £1.3m to £1.46m.
Blairs is part of a portfolio of companies throughout Scotland part owned or wholly owned by the Greenock-based Easdale family’s investment funds.