2014 sees the tenth anniversary of Essex Safety Glass. Managing Director Scott Sinden comments on how ESG has performed during its first ten years.
The last 10 years have been filled with challenges, achievements, rapid growth and new product introductions,” said Scott “We have evolved quickly and, while we’re proud of what we’ve achieved, we know it is just the beginning. The industry both in terms of what the customer wants and what technology now allows us to create and we are proud as a company to have been at the forefront of market advances over the last decade.
Founded in 2004, our company has experienced impressive year on year growth, quickly establishing us as one off the largest glass processors in the UK, with one of the most diverse product ranges in the industry.
At ESG we currently employ over 150 staff, across three sites covering over 60,000sqft in the Essex countryside. Our current facility size is over 5 times that of when we first started and our staff levels are a lot higher than the 4 managers and 5 production staff we originally employed. Our current level of infrastructure allows us to look positively about continuing our growth, and not have to worry about over stretching ourselves.
Scott continues “In 2004, we had one small unit containing a furnace and cutting line, supplying just 4-6mm toughened glass for double glazing units. Craig McGiffin our production director looking after a team of five, while Susan Sinden and Graeme Brouder were charged with increasing our processed glass sales and growing our customer base. As the company grew, in all aspects, I am proud that we managed to stay at the forefront of glass manufacturing and innovation. That the team who originally shared that initial vision are still here and have created a company that today turns over £12million per year. In 2011 the senior management team was completed by financial director Dale (Storrer), together we have all worked out the road map for our company going forward. We are well on the road to hit our target within the next five years – which is a massive achievement and justifies all of the hard work the team has put in.
In 2004, our first clients were double glazing manufacturers who were locally based, buying simple toughened glass. Ten years later we have released a number of market leading ranges, including ESG Pyrotech, ESG Secure and ESG Switchable and our clients include the NHS, MOD, national airports, retail outlets, embassy’s and some of the tallest buildings in Europe. We look forward to our next ten years, and will remain just as committed to staying at the cutting edge of glass technology and driving the R&D team to keep us at forefront of glass processing and technology
As a team we would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts, all of our customers, as without their support none of this would have been possible and we look forward to working with them over the next decade”