A FIRM supplying and fitting concrete paving has made its mark with the official opening of new premises in Lockwood.
Decorative Concrete Ltd opened the doors of its new showroom and training centre at Albert Street as it embarks on an ambitious project to set up a string of franchises.
The company, headed by Huddersfield businessman John Quinn, specialises in laying concrete coloured and patterned to resemble stone or other materials.
The concrete is then given a sealing coat to enhance the colour and combat dirt and oil stains.
The products, marketed under the Spectacular Driveways (UK) Ltd brand, are in demand from homeowners wanting to improve the look of their drives and paths.
The firm has also joined forces with Balfour Beatty Utilities to provide the same service for reinstating drives and paths after its North West Gas Alliance operation has repaired or replaced gas lines running into properties.
It has also supplied decorative concrete for a major traffic calming scheme in Manchester.
VIPs at the official opening included customers John and Linda Edson, who are having work done on the driveway at their Holmfirth home.
Mr Quinn, who lectures on construction and has many years experience in the building industry, said: “We have already completed the first training course for 15 people, including two from Northern Ireland who have gone back armed with our products.
“We will hold a second three-day course in May and an advanced course in July.”
Mr Quinn aims to set up NVQs in pattern imprinted concrete, giving trainees a recognised qualification.
A further option is to set up a licensing operation – similar to franchising – with Decorative Concrete Products providing training, equipment and support for people keen to operate their own business under the Spectacular Driveways banner.