DAN Bamforth is following his father’s footsteps as operations director of property rental and development company Towndoor Ltd.

But he’s putting his own stamp on the Meltham-based privately-owned and family-run business, which was founded by the late Stuart Bamforth in 1988 and now boasts a property portfolio comprising more than 30 acres of land and 77 office, warehouse and workshop units together providing more than 1m sq ft of floorspace.

Dan stepped into his role in 2011 following his mother Lucy’s decision to retire. He had previously operated two of his own companies, a Huddersfield town centre bar and a beauty salon.

Even at the age of 25, he had amassed an impressive knowledge of business – aided by studying hospitality and business management at Manchester University.

As operations director, Dan has implemented a full redesign and redevelopment in line with new company branding and website – helping to quadruple the number of enquiries fielded by the business within just a few months.

In July this year, Towndoor was able to announce that its entire portfolio of properties was fully let – with a waiting list for smaller properties – despite the economic downturn and a plentiful supply of vacant sites on the market.

Said Dan: “This level of occupancy is a first for Towndoor in its 24-year history.”

Under his guidance, the company has invested £20,000 in environmentally-friendly solar technology at its flagship Meltham Mills Industrial Estate.

By incorporating solar, Dan hopes to reduce electricity costs for tenants.

He said: “Towndoor has continually developed and enhanced its core rental portfolio while developing new build industrial premises and sites within West Yorkshire for re-sale.

“The company plans to acquire further industrial property outside the local area and has recently submitted plans for a £2m, four-acre development at Meltham Mills.”

Dan’s commitment to the local community includes supporting local youth football and cricket teams.

The company is also donating £2,500 for a skateboard park in Meltham.