A man with a vision took a chance, moved to Skegness to start a new business and now 25 years on the firm is flourishing, expanding and looking to employ more staff.
Paul Kinsey, who founded Unique Products UK on Hasssall Road – selling automotive accessories – with his brother and fellow director Graham, worked for a similar firm in Cambridgeshire before deciding to go it alone.
That was in 1989 and his gamble paid off. Help from a Government grant got him and Graham started and sheer determination, hard work and commitment saw the business take off from its initial 1,500 sq ft unit to one of 24,000 sq ft, and from just two employees to a staff of 41.
The firm enjoys a supply network of lease companies, original equipment manufacturers including Ford, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Isuzu, Ssangyong, Great Wall, Scania, Volvo and Renault dealerships, and accessory stores. It also has a website for direct consumer orders. The company is again going through a period of growth and has recently invested £250,000 in a factory extension and new machinery. It now has a turnover of more than £3 million which is expected to rise by 15-20 per cent this year.
Paul said: “The first two years were the toughest but we stuck to our belief in giving customers quality and service and ultimately innovation - making something different that they wanted to buy.
“We are going through our third factory extension because we just keep running out of space but we always try to maintain the level of growth we can cope with and the latest extension is almost complete which will allow us to employ new staff.”
The company now needs between five and seven new staff which is likely to include two general factory workers but especially wants people with textile/sewing machine experience.
Paul said: “We would be happy to hear from people who can email CV’s to us at in firstname.lastname@example.org.”