Avanti makes huge investment drive
One of Birmingham’s best-known manufacturers and retailers of kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms is celebrating its 35th year in business in style by completing a £500,000 investment drive.
Avanti has spent the largest sum in its history on upgrading its network of nine showrooms across the region to install state-of-the-art displays and to improve the customer experience.
The company, which is shortlisted for a Black Country Chamber of Commerce Award, will now be able to feature its largest ever collection of kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, including leading brands like Siemens, Bosch, Neff, Vitra, Dida and Methven.
This expansion will help the firm hit £11m of sales in 2017 and will also see it introduce a number of its own products to a client base that features couples and families looking for a ‘bespoke’ finish.
“2016 has been a very big year for us, not least because we are celebrating a big milestone for the business,” said Lee Capewell, Managing Director.
“We wanted to do something that marked this achievement, but also put a marker in the sand about where we are going and our intention to become the West Midlands’ leading retailer of kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.
“Our clients told us they would like more choice and clearer displays so we listened to them and have incorporated their feedback in the latest changes to our showrooms.
“All nine of them – from Dudley and Stourbridge to Shirley and Streetly – now have cutting-edge displays and have been made to feel more welcoming…there’s also been a lot of money spent on giving our staff even more training.”
Employing 100 people, Avanti is currently finalising its biggest ever appearance at Grand Designs, with the company taking two different displays at the show starting on 19th October.
Visitors to the event will be able to see some of the latest designs and ranges for kitchens and bedrooms, including reclaimed oak doors and the big on-trend fashion of cupboards with no handles.
More than 100 appointments are expected to be booked during the five days and this could equate to more than £300,000 of new business for the company.
Lee added: “At the moment it’s all greys and whites with straight lines and minimalist is definitely right on trend. Handleless doors are also very popular
“We are introducing a new range of traditional kitchens, which have been given the ‘on trend’ treatment…that’s taking traditional wooden furniture and bringing it right up to date with painted finishes straight from the page marked hipster. An example of this will be on display at Grand Designs.”