Baptism fire of fire for husband and wife

Janette and Andrew Rawson, Directors of Royston Glass in Barnsley.
Janette and Andrew Rawson, Directors of Royston Glass in Barnsley.
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A Barnsley glazing company run by a husband and wife is finally making a splash after launching just before the recession.

Royston Glass makes double-glazed units, but specialises in glass splashbacks for kitchens and bathrooms.

Andrew and Janette Rawson bought the firm in 2008, just weeks before the credit crunch hit. Andrew had left a job at developers Urban Splash and Janette her civil service post.

“The timing was so unfortunate,” said Andrew. “We bought the company in March and by June the economy was in freefall.

“We had three or four very difficult years and thought ‘what have we done?’, but managed to hang on and now things are on the up with a bulging order book and a bright future.”

Royston Glass is being given business support by Enterprising Barnsley, which is run by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

The company has almost doubled turnover in the last two years, taken on three new staff, bought a new paint-mixing machine and invested £120,000 in a computerised glass-cutting machine. And now, to keep up with demand, they have ordered two new delivery vans.