12 Mar 2018
Jane and Guy Basnett

Stoke-on-Trent window company celebrates 35th anniversary

A Stoke-on-Trent window company is celebrating 35 years in business.

Target Windows, based in Meir Heath, was established in 1983 by businessman Alan Tune, who manufactured windows for a local double-glazing firm.

But Alan found himself with a factory full of machinery and no customers after the firm he was supplying went out of business.

He opened a small showroom in Radford Street, Stone, where his sister Jane and his wife Sylvia would make appointments for Alan to see customers who required quotes for windows, doors and conservatories.

As demand increased, Jane assisted with sales appointments, and the small showroom was soon outgrown. Target relocated to its current home at The Fillybrooks in Stone and expanded into Uttoxeter.

In 2002, current company director Guy Basnett joined the team, after marrying Jane in 1999. His experience in sales opened the commercial market. Alan’s brother Mick is also part of the management team and has many years of experience in the industry. The family business has gone from strength to strength.

Mr Basnett said: “It’s a very exciting time for Target. We are now focusing on securing commercial contracts throughout the UK on new-build sites, schools, animal re-homing projects and refurbishment projects.

“Many new products are set to be introduced to the existing range as the domestic market continues to evolve, to meet the demand of our many clients wanting to maximise their living space.

“We’re so proud of what we have achieved and to mark our 35th anniversary, we will be hosting a celebration event at our Stone showroom on the bank holiday weekend of May 5 and 6, 10am to 4pm. Customers old and new are invited and there will be a raffle in aid of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, with vouchers worth up to £300.”

The company ran a Facebook competition this month, where anyone living at a property with a combination of 3 and 5 in their property number could enter. The prize of a luxury M&S hamper worth £100 was won by Ruby Wilson, from Uttoxeter.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the Target competition and this prize has made my day.”

Ruby added: “I have been very happy with Target’s service, from ordering to installation, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.”

For further information, visit www.targetwindows.co.uk or call 01782 398021.

24 Nov 2017

Stoke window company helps complete £750K community project

A Meir Heath company has helped complete a £750,000 community facility in Audlem.

Family-run business Target Windows worked with Sneyd Building Contractors to supply windows and doors for the project, which saw an annex created to enhance the Public Hall in the village.

The Annexe is designed to complement the hall, and will provide: lounge and dining facilities for senior citizens; a dedicated space for a new youth club; storage and dressing rooms for the 5A’s drama group; changing rooms for Audlem FC senior and Audlem Saints junior footballers, cycling and other sports.

There will be a community-run fitness room equipped with treadmills, a rowing machine and exercise bikes, and a small kitchen and medical room, along with a multipurpose small hall suitable for meetings and functions.

Guy Basnett, director of Target Windows, said: “We’re so pleased to have been involved with a huge community project like this. The Annexe will be used by several local groups, as well as providing a gym, with profits going back into the community.

“We have supplied aluminium and UPVc windows and doors, so it should feel very comfortable all year, and help reduce operating costs, making the project as sustainable as possible.”

Praise

The new facility has cost around £750,000 to design and build, with money from The Big Lottery Fund, grants and donations from parish councils, residents and major sponsors. Significant funds were raised by the APHAx Committee.

Roland Hall, chairman of the APHAx Committee said: “We have been working with the Big Lottery Fund for over four years to make The Annexe a reality. The project has its roots in the 2005 Audlem Parish Plan, which identified the need for better sport and recreational facilities. The APHAx team are very proud that they have delivered the most important community project for decades and that it will benefit future generations for years to come.”

Heather Jones, chairman of Audlem Parish Council, said: “Audlem Parish Council is delighted to have helped fund this splendid new annexe to the Public Hall.  Due to a variety of circumstances, the Parish Council was, fortunately, in a position to give £20,000 towards the building costs and we believe it is money well spent.

“The Annexe will provide much-needed facilities for the village and councillors are confident the building will be well used by community groups and other organisations now and in the future.”

Rachel Bailey, Leader of Cheshire East Council and ward councillor for Audlem said: “Completion of The Annexe is due to the dedication of the APHAx Committee and enthusiasm of our vibrant village community and beyond.

“The Annexe sees the fruition of Parish Plans penned in 2005 and 2010, with improved sports and recreation facilities now in place for residents ‘from eight to eighty’.  In addition to the traditional table tennis and, badminton, indoor bowls and snooker, we now have on our doorstep a community not-for-profit gym, along with improved facilities for 5A’s, Youth club, Audlem & District Community Action and senior and junior football teams

“Congratulations to everyone who has made this happen this is a fantastic facility worthy of its Lottery Funding and community support.”