Celebrating 40 years of business the group has seen many changes in industry, locations and workforce. Retiring Colleagues’ opened the door for new faces joining the team and the aim for the groups 250 plus employees to be made up from 10% of apprentices became a reality. Charlie Chough became a real life company mascot and visited many local events promoting the companies anniversary grants of £400 to 40 community groups and organisations within Cornwall. Colleagues adjusted to the merging of two branches and the closure of the Warminster branch with unwavering optimism, commitment and enthusiasm as the group looked ahead to its next smashing chapter.
The group acquired LW Architechtural Glass in Hayes London expanding opportunity for supplying laminate and multi-laminate products into the London market place. A company wide rebrand as Cornwall Glass was undertaken, embracing all our locations across the South West under one name. Even our Tough Chough gets a make-over and a name, “Charlie Chough.” Exciting times ahead for “the people behind the glass”. After trading for nine months the group was forced to pull out of the London location.
The commitment to growth continued with the relocation of our Westcountry branch to Langage Industrial Estate, Plymouth. With a £5 million investment into a new purpose built IGU and processing factory, handling 57 different glass types ranging for 4mm to 9mm specification the group offering goes from strength to strength. The total number of colleagues had grown to numbers exceeding 230. With and aim of 10% of these being apprentices the company celebrates its forward thinking approach to the glass industry. The internal promotion and appointment of four new directors re-enforces the strong internal culture of the company
Reaching out across the Westcountry the group acquired a large glass processing facility in Highbridge, Somerset which was opened as the “M5 Glass Centre” by local MP Tessa Munt. With a third toughening furnace, specialising in painted and patterned glass alongside production of DGU’s, the branch quickly established itself in the local community.
Westcountry Glass, was established in Saltash with a purpose built factory it housed the company’s second toughening furnace. With the Acorn fund growing faster than anyone could have imagined the group’s named charitable fund, “The Cornwall Glass Fund,” was born and active charitable work in the communities surrounding company branches began in earnest
The group acquired Westcraft Glass in Somerset, the first location in the county. The branch relaunched as Yeovil Glass and Window Centre. Embracing the idea of community support Cornwall Glass created an Acorn fund to facilitate this need
The groups’ first Wiltshire branch, Warminster Glass Centre opened in Woodcock Trading Estate servicing customers in Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Somerset. By now Cornwall Glass had established it’s self as a real presence in the South West serving trade and commercial customers as well as homeowners
Exeter branch became the second branch in Devon along with our Plymouth city branch at Devonport.