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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!
On Saturday 18th February 2017 New Image will be sponsoring the very first Weldmar Swimathon event which will be held at the Osprey Leisure Centre raising funds for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. The event will take place from 12.30pm until 2.30pm. Eighteen teams, each comprised of six swimmers, will race against the clock to see how many lengths they can swim in an hour.
Director of New Image, Steve Cobb said: “Sponsoring this event for Weldmar was very personal for me. My wife had cancer, and died 7 years ago. I wanted to support a charity that helps people in a similar situation. It’s also about creating awareness, about the charity and about us”.
New Image has organised a number of fundraising and community events over the past few months including the “Big Dorset Cuppa” in June 2016 which raised £200.00 for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and they also sponsored a Family Fun Day to raise money for an amazing charity called Scotty’s Little Soldiers who support the children of the fallen British Forces. The event at Redlands Community Sports Hub was held on Sunday, 10th July 2016 and raised over £4500.00.
New Image continues to offer one of the largest choices of tiles in Dorset. The large tile warehouse enables customers to receive prompt delivery of their tile choice almost immediately after selection, allowing them to complete their dream rooms as quickly as possible.
For more information please call us on 01305 781709. Full details available on the Weldmar’s website.
New Image started as ‘The Tile Shop’ on Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth in 1989 and has since grown from strength to strength. In 2010 the Weymouth showroom relocated to a new showroom at Granby Industrial Estate offering a truly inspiring collection of tiles, displayed in beautiful bathrooms and kitchens displays.
As a Local business owner, we (The Dorset Echo) asked Steve Cobb from New Image Tiles, Kitchens and Bathrooms on the Granby in Weymouth, what his opinion was with our exit from the Europe Union.
“Being one of the largest independent retail showrooms in Dorset, because we purchase the majority of our products from European countries, we get a really good insight in how Brexit is affecting the UK market. We have seen the Euro fluctuate on a regular basis over the past couple of years, and it has been just as low in the past as it currently is, and I feel the media sometimes doesn’t help, by spreading doom and gloom through the nation, when the reality is nothing has changed.
We purchase all our tiles direct from factories in Italy, Spain, Portugal and France, and all of our component parts for our kitchen manufacturing, is purchased direct from the top manufacturers in Germany, and having had many a conversation with Business owners, Reps and Agents that work for all these European suppliers, the overall opinion is that very little will change, the reason for this is that we are a customer, and Europe needs our custom, especially having had a very difficult time during the recession, where in some cases up to 50% of factories had to close.”
“I feel that there are definitely some suppliers that are using Brexit as an opportunity and excuse to increase prices, and to be fair, there are normally price increases year on year anyway. Some of our suppliers have not mentioned any increases, others have had a small increase, but some like Neff Kitchen Appliances are having to increase their prices by 8-10% due to raw material suppliers increase. Neff will have their increase on 15th November, so I am encouraging anyone looking at appliances to place their orders quickly and beat the increase. If you are having a new kitchen and all new appliances, you could save up to £500 by getting your order in now.”
Despite many of the price increases that we are seeing in the country, Steve has managed to keep most of his prices the same, some will have to go up, but some have come down. We asked Steve how he has managed to do this, and Steve replied
“I have always been very passionate about trying to give our customers the very best service and good quality products at great value for money, and to achieve this we have had to work harder and smarter, having spent many months, sourcing better prices for our materials and negotiating with suppliers, much the same as Tesco have with Unilever, to maintain the best we possibly can for our customers. In fact with some of our kitchens we have managed to reduce the prices by around 15%, which if you previously paid £10,000, today you could get it for £8,500 which is a massive saving, when you think other suppliers with their increases, you would probably be paying £11,000.”
“I am very excited about the future, as we continue to expand our manufacturing plant, investing in more Italian CNC machinery, and having recently released our own Germanic True Handless range of Kitchen Furniture, and our own bespoke Bathroom furniture range, the next step will be Bedroom furniture and sliding robes. This growth will only benefit the local economy, with the prospect of more jobs available as we grow.”
“I believe we have a very bright future with Europe by being an independent again following Brexit.”
Please note: This post was originally written as an article for the Dorset Echo.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]New Image started as ‘The Tile Shop’ on Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth in 1989 and has since grown from strength to strength. In 2010 the Weymouth showroom relocated to a new showroom at Granby Industrial Estate and now, not only do they offer a truly inspiring collection of tiles, but beautiful room size kitchen and bathroom displays too. New Image are now a one stop shop for all your kitchen and bathroom projects and are also a Neff Master Partner, this means you they won’t be beaten on the price of Neff Appliances.
Kerrie Phillips, Manager of New Image, Weymouth said “ New Image raise funds for charity in several different ways. New Image held a coffee morning on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st of October raising £285.00 for MacMillan Cancer Support as part of the “World’s largest coffee morning” campaign. Nationally the campaign total now stands at a staggering £8,641,243.02 and the charity is aiming for a total of £25million.“
The first ever MacMillan Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective; they did it again the next year on a national level. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £138 million for Macmillan. Visitors were encouraged to visit the showroom at 8 Kent Close, Weymouth and have a tasty cup of coffee and a delicious cake.
On 18th February 2017 New Image will be sponsoring the very first “Make Waves for Weldmar” at the Osprey Leisure Centre raising funds for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. The event will take place from 12.30 until 2.30 when entrants can be a swim star for Weldmar by registering a team of six swimmers to take part in the event.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]New Image continues to offer one of the largest choices of tiles in South Dorset. The large tile warehouse enables customers to receive prompt delivery of their tile choice almost immediately after selection, allowing them to complete their dream rooms as quickly as possible.
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