A tiling product developed by two Kirklees businessmen is making an impact on the world of DIY.
Mirfield man Martin Hemmingway and Lepton-based Mark Sykes have secured a six-month trial with Screwfix Direct for their Tiletracker device, which is designed to help the handyman keep tiles level when fixing them in bathrooms and kitchens.
The product now features in Screwfix catalogues and stores and is already selling.
The business partners impressed Screwfix bosses at a Meet the Buyer event.
Tiletracker has already achieved export success. Customers include Mazaya Aluminium, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, one of the country’s biggest manufacturers. The firm placed sample orders for 500 Tiletracker kits, which have recently been shipped out.
Said Mr Sykes: “Online sales have been fine and we have gone into a couple of stores in Cambridgeshire through a buying group for builders’ merchants and has drafted in distributors in Huntingdonshire and St Ives, Cornwall.
The business partners have also received a strong endorsement from Dave Stott, of Elite Tiling in Manchester, who was named Tile Fixer of the Year in the 2013 awards run by the Tile Association and demonstrates Tiletracker on TV shopping channels and at trade shows.