A FIRM in Huddersfield is helping caravanners improve the look of their holiday homes.
Colne Valley Decking and Fencing, run by husband and wife David and Joanne Dibb, is in huge demand on caravan sites across North Wales.
The Slaithwaite-based company is an approved installer of Sash UK’s Fitrite PVC decking and fencing.
The couple launched the business just two years ago – since when they have landed prestigious contracts with leading leisure parks in the principality, including Whitehouse Leisure Park, Gorse Hill Caravan Park, Edwards Leisure Park and Lyons Holiday Parks.
Gorse Hill has granted the company an exclusive installers contract for its park in Conwy, while another park, Craig-y-mor is under development in Llanddulas.
Whitehouse Leisure Park has chosen Colne Valley Decking and Fencing to carry out installations on its forthcoming residential wooden lodge development in Towyn.
Joanne had to give up work about four years ago after being diagnosed with cancer.
She said: “I could not do my job because I got too tired. Soon after giving up work, I felt useless and worthless and just felt I wanted to do something.”
The couple were introduced to the world of PVC decking when they visited Sash UK on route to Cookridge Hospital, where Joanne was receiving treatment.
Joanne said: “We looked into PVC decking for our own caravan and I thought: ‘I could do that. It would be a nice pastime to keep me occupied and take my mind off my health problems.
“After numerous visits to Sash UK, we decided to give it a go and my ‘little something to do’ went like a rocket.
“I spend most of my summer in North Wales running the business while David oversees it from Slaithwaite. We employ fitters to install the decks, who worked non-stop all last year.”
The company, which has a website at www.colnevalleydecking,co.uk, was given a boost by the recession – as people opting to holiday in Britain to save money decided to improve the look and facilities at their holiday homes.
Said Joanne. “I didn’t realise how busy it would be. I was in Wales all summer and we were even working during Christmas week and the first week of the new year.
“Now the 2010 season is starting, we are getting lots of enquiries already. We expect to be even busier as we are doing domestic work as well as contracts in Wales.”