Windows Tinting Wrexham
The owner of a top car window company has backed an innovative new business academy.
Tom Smith founded Window-Tint in Saltney eight years ago.
In the beginning, the company was a part-time enterprise which he ran from the spare bedroom while holding down a full-time career.
As trade took off he reduced his working hours before finally taking the plunge and giving up his day job.
The inspiration for the company came from Tom's own passion for cars.
He said: "When I was younger I was interested in modifying my own car and one of the things I wanted to do was tint the windows. I did some research and realised that I could buy all the materials I needed online without having to go to a specialist company, it developed from there really.
"That was about eight years ago, I'd been working as a web designer so I set up a website and the company grew organically."
Today Window-Tint.co.uk sells products in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US, priding themselves themselves in providing a swift service - orders placed for pre-cut tints can be manufactured and delivered on the very same day.
Tom attended the North Wales Business Academy's Strategic Business Analysis(SBA) course at Wrexham Glyndwr University in January; the aim was to spend time focusing on the business and developing a plan to grow the business further.
"I found the SBA really helpful in giving me the confidence to really look at my business and plan. The two days out of the office allowed me to focus on how I would like to develop the business, " he added.
"Attending the course with other business owners was also a huge help, and it gave me a lot of confidence to plan to expand into new markets. As a result, we decided to develop plans to start selling direct to professional installers. We hope that this will be a significant new market for Window-Tint.co.uk.
"I'd recommend the NWBA to fellow business owners. The cost for the initial training was only £150, which is great value when you think about the quality of the training and the mentoring which is included. It's very much worth it for a small to medium size enterprise that is looking to expand."
The North Wales Business Academy (NWBA) is aimed at companies with four employees or more, who are based in North Wales and that want to grow their business through training.
The NWBA is and innovative project part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, led by Grwp Llandrillo Menai with Coleg Cambria and Bangor and Wrexham Glyndwr universities.
For more information about the North Wales Business Academy, contact 08445 460 460 or follow them on Twitter @nwbizacademy