30 years! It doesn’t seem possible that “New Image Ceramics” the tile fixing business that Steve Cobb started in 1989 is now celebrating its 30th anniversary – and celebrating with some fabulous offers.
In 1989 Steve opened his first store on Weymouth’s Abbotsbury Road and from there the business developed into a phenomenal success. He had already identified that the local choice was limited and that, in order to satisfy his ambition, he would need to find larger, more practical premises where expansion could be achieved.
Just over 10 years later he found a site on the town’s Granby Industrial Estate, and it was big! Many people wondered what on earth he was up to in wanting such a big site, not mention choosing to do this in the middle of a recession.
Well, obviously Steve knew what he was doing and from his original shop there soon appeared one of the most practical and attractive buildings, specifically built to his requirements. Not just for tiles, of course but showrooms that now house over 30 room-sized displays of kitchens and bathrooms.
In total the showrooms and warehouse span 12,500 square feet, so spacious as to allow ease of browsing and choosing. And the displays offer choices to suit all tastes, styles and budgets. Add to this the “fantastic service, fair prices and friendly staff” (quoted from their website) then you appreciate what a great company this is.
From quite literally humble beginnings in Abbotsbury Road, great foresight by Steve Cobb has seen his firm grow into a significant independently-owned, family run business with sustainable local employment that specialises in not just tiles, but kitchens and bathrooms too! Supplying to both the general public and trade. The kitchens and bathrooms cater for all budgets, ranging from the basics right through to bespoke made to order furniture, not to mention all of the appliances, sinks and taps to boot!
Prestigious developments such as the Lorton Park site have been fitted and furnished with tiles and bathrooms from New Image, proudly working in tandem with highly respected local building firm AKI.
On Saturday 15th June special anniversary celebration took place. There was live music, free food and drink and also some extraordinary discounts on selected tiles, kitchens, bathrooms and Neff appliances. In fact, 30% off those mentioned. So New Image certainly pushed the boat out during this milestone event. Beside this there were Neff cooking demonstrations and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint demonstrations. Oh yes, also a chance to win a bathroom for £5!
With the future in mind Steve has recently expanded the business further by opening a distribution centre and workshop right here in Weymouth, situated in the new fantastic Green Lane development in Chickerell, expertly built by Buckland Developments. The workshop will become the hub for the hand finishing of their kitchens and bathrooms. It’s clear exciting times are ahead for New Image!