Underfloor Heating Firm Champions The Family Run Business

Date Published: March 31, 2014

A family run underfloor heating firm from Nottingham, has today championed the benefits of a family run business as it embarks upon an expansion plan.

Floor Heating Systems Ltd based in Hucknall was established back in 2001 by brothers, David and Robert Spray. After six months, Roberts son Ashley and wife Marilyn then joined the company, and from then on the company grew from strength to strength.

Andrew Dye, now sales director and general manager at the firm, said: “David moved to Australia in 2005, and Robert moved to Spain. Today his son Ashley is involved in the day to day management of the company as one of the directors.

“I joined back in 2003. I was working on the same business park as Floor Heating Systems Ltd, (as a transport and logistics manager) and helped them to unload lorries. The owner of the business I was working for decided to close the business, and they offered me a job. I literally wheeled my chair across the car park!”

“It is a shame that so many family run businesses have struggled to survive the recession. What makes them so special is that there is a huge amount of trust, and the fact that everyone is included as extended family.”

When asked what the main challenges are of running a family business, the team replied “Keeping disagreements at work, and knowing that you are all working for a common goal and swimming in the same direction”

The company is now one of the largest providers of underfloor heating in the UK, and puts part of this success down to the fact that it has such a personal approach to its clients.

Andrew Added: “The family are still very much involved in the business and will always hold the majority share holding. I would advise others to start a family run business because you know where you stand, and in the more testing times you have a very strong support network.”

Heating Firm Launches Product To Combat “The Big Freeze”

Date Published: March 17, 2014

With home insurance claims totaling a staggering £39 million, in 2013 alone, one underfloor heating firm is launching a solution to this years big freeze.

Nottingham based Floor Heating Systems ltd, has seen sales of its range of self regulating frost protection cables increase by ten per-cent in the last two months.

Sales Director Andrew Dye said: “Last year insurance firms dealt with a staggering 26,000 claims relating to frozen pipes and as a result, we are finding that homeowners are now taking steps to prevent such mishaps.”

The Self Regulating Frost Protection Cables from Floor Heating Systems Ltd are designed to keep water and drainage pipes working and free from ice.

Complete and ready to use, each cable is fitted with a temperature sensor, so that as soon as the temperature drops below 5C, the cable is activated.

Andrew added: “We are advising homeowners to protect themselves ahead if this years cold snap to avoid costly repairs. With the average burst pipe costing £1500, it makes sense to invest in some protection.”

Nottinghamshire Teen Backs National Apprenticeship Week After Landing Dream Job In Web Design

Date Published: March 6, 2014

As the seventh annual Apprenticeship Week swings into action (3rd-7th March), one Nottinghamshire based teen has encouraged other young people to take the plunge, after landing a dream career in web design.

Harrison Smith (18) from Mapperley applied for an IT and sales apprenticeship, with the underfloor heating specialists at Floor Heating Systems Ltd, back in 2013 and after exceeding the directors expectations, has been offered a  permanent position.

Harrison had been struggling to secure work for six months before seeing an advertisement on TV for The National Apprenticeship Scheme, and decided to apply.

He said: “University was always an option, but felt that I personally would gain much more by being placed into a work environment. I was out of work for around half a year, and had nowhere near the freedom I now have.

” I feel proud to have an apprenticeship role at Floor Heating Systems Ltd, and it is a huge leap from education for me.  Being rewarded after a year of hard work feels very good indeed.”

Harrison was then given the job of working with the firms current web designer (based in Spain) to design new sites for the company, and improve the old ones, in addition to working in sales.

Director at the firm, Andrew Dye, said: “We gave Harrison the job because we needed more staff to help us develop the new Varme site www.varmefhs.co.uk from start to finish.  Taking on an apprentice means that you can have an employee who does not have bad habits, and who can be molded to suit your company and its needs”.

“I would certainly recommend hiring an apprentice to other businesses such as ours, especially if you have the time to train them.”

Harrison added: “If you have a drive to succeed and willingness to learn, I think there is no better way to start your career.”