The company was established in May 1978 as a
specialist glass company and manufacturer of hermetically sealed
insulating glass units (double glazing), drawing on the experience
of the directors within the glass industry the company quickly
gained a reputation for quality products, at the right price and
delivered on time. Customers included many local councils and
household names such as Everest, Anglian, Magnet and Solaglas.
The company was established in May 1978 as a partnership, later becoming a limited company as we grew larger.
For your peace of mind we are FENSA registered (reg no.12060),
we are also licensed by the Office of Fair Trading (reg no.594886)
and have full and comprehensive Public Liability Insurance to
the value of £3 million and £10 million Employee Liability
We are also licensed by the Environment Agency (reg no. YDA/149960)
and we are members of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).
(Membership Number - A2701) . We are Also TrustMark registered
through the GGF.
We are one of a very few number of companies within our industry
who are allowed to accept credit card payments for their products,
due to the "here today, gone tomorrow" nature
of the double glazing trade credit card companies do not want
to deal with this industry.
Your confidence in us can be further re-enforced by the fact that
we own our premises outright and do not operate from rented premises,
all of our manufacturing equipment and office equipment is also
wholly owned by the company and NOT subject to lease or finance
We have been trading successfully on the Internet since September
Spring is here again and
so we thought we'd show you a few pictures of our building in its
beautiful surroundings so that everyone can enjoy Protech in bloom.
Rememember we have many products to help you improve your own surroundings
and make the most of what will hopefully turn out to be a glorious
- The company is 31
years old in May.
- We have recently launched www.Protechsecure.com for your security,
peace of mind and confidence when communication with us or placing
an order. The site is secured using the very latest encryption
for total security.
- We have also recently launched www.Protechtestimonials.com,
where you can view peoples experiences when dealing with our
- January 2009 Happy New Year from the staff
- New Year, new image, we are replacing our staff photo with
an updated picture. We have quite a range to choose from, we
are so undecided about which picture to use we are asking you
to vote. Select the picture you like the best below using our
online poll and the winning picture will be displayed on the
front of all our websites.
Online Protech Staff Image Poll
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2008 sees us partnered with Hitachi Capital who are
part of leading electronics firm Hitachi Electronics. We can
now offer consumer finance on our supply and fit products. We
are also working with them to enable us to offer consumer finance
to our supply only products.
- We have been settled
in our new building for a full year (You can see above pictures
of our new building). We are also celebrating the company's
30th Birthday, which was established back in
- We have recently
had our products featured on two popular DIY television shows.
Our Interior Glass Doors have been featured on Channel
4's Property Ladder. They have also been used on BBC's
DIY SOS programme, which will be aired later this year.
- Notable Orders for 2008
- We have received another order from Germany for one of our
- We secured our first order to the continent of Africa
- We sold our first conservatory to Jersey and the
- While we sell many, many conservatories to Ireland,
we have now sold our first Carport to that
area of the globe.
- News for 2007!
We have recently moved into our new premises, the Blue Bridge
Centre. As you can see from the images below we have come a
long way since the company was established in 1978, we were
in our old building at Whinfield Drive for 29 years.
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- The company was
established in May 1978 as a specialist glass
company and manufacturer of hermetically sealed insulating glass
units (double glazing), drawing on the experience of the directors
within the glass industry the company quickly gained a reputation
for quality products, at the right price and delivered on time.
Customers included many local councils and household names such
as Everest, Anglian, Magnet and Solaglas.
- In 1980
upvc window and door manufacturing was added to our growing
list of products and services.
- In 1982
we added secondary double glazing to our product list.
saw the company establish a site glazing division offering sealed
units glazed for builders and self builders. Contracts up to
the value of £250,000 being regularly secured from national
- Originally established
as a partnership we became a limited company in April 1985,
(registration number 02856348),
You can check this out by going to www.companieshouse.gov.uk
and searching for Protech Limited in the free web check area,
(The WebCHeck service is available from Monday to Saturday 7.00am
to 12 Midnight UK Time).
- During 1986
conservatory manufacturing was added to our product range.
- Also during 1986
the company purchased premises on Whinfield Drive, Newton Aycliffe
Industrial Estate WHICH IT HAD BEEN RENTING SINCE 1978
saw the company introduce specialist glass and window profile
optimisation software at a cost £7000.00, this software
means that our pvcu profile waste was reduced from 15% to 2%,
the glass wastage was reduced from 15% to 5%.
The software is still in use today and has paid for it's self
many, many times over. All waste from these products has been
recycled from the day that the company opened its doors in 1978
in respect of glass and in 1980 when we branched into the manufacture
of upvc windows and doors. Our company colours are green and
so was our company ethos many, many years before green issues
became came to the fore.
At the same time automatic glass cutting equipment was installed
offering a high degree of accuracy and efficiency.
- During the 90's
the manufacture and installation of commercial aluminium windows
and doors was also added to our growing portfolio of products
and services, one our the earliest works being carried out for
Durham County Council's architects department.
- September 1996
saw the launch of our very first web site. www.thebbgroup.co.uk
- In 1997 our Managing Director was interviewed
on Sky Business News by Gerard Tubb in relation to our internet
saw the company secure internet orders from Transco, Isle of
White Council, Parliamentary Direct Works dept for Kensington
Palace, Ministry of Defense and Watford Football Club to name
but a few.
- Although we have
been involved with secondary glazing since 1982 in March 2000
we launched the web site www.secondaryglazing.com, the first
order coming from Industrial Estates Scotland (IES) valued in
excess of £35,000. Over the years we have supplied secondary
glazing to councils, airports, local authorities, national house
builders, The National Trust and countless householders. BY
COINCIDENCE OUR NEW PREMISES ARE RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO IES
- In 2001
we fulfilled our first export order to Europe.
saw orders received from Belgium, Switzerland and Sweden and
sash window orders from Italy and Germany and a conservatory
order from Germany.
also saw the company dispatch goods to Monaco, France, Spain,
Greece, Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, the Orkneys,
the Shetlands, Jersey, the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides,
Bahrain, Germany and Norway, all in the first half of the year.
- The second half
of 2002 brought a continuing steady stream
of orders from Europe and Scandinavia as well as an order which
was dispatched to Yamanashi, near Tokyo, Japan.
- During 2003
amongst the many orders received included a small order from
Miami in Florida and our first conservatory order from the USA
which was delivered to Los Angeles port and shipped by road
- During 2004
we received the first of quite a few orders from CERN (The world's
particle physics laboratory) in Switzerland. In the same year
we shipped a conservatory to New Haven, Connecticut and one
to Calgary in Canada.
- During 2005
we exported two conservatories to Holland and one to Portland,
- In 2006
the company continues is contolled growth without borrowings
or an overdraught facility, building on a secure financial base
and closely overseen by the directors and the senior management
- In this year our
most notable order, amongst many, was for a conservatory to
be shipped to San Diego.
saw the company purchase the Blue Bridge Centre as detailed
above, these premises where purchased from company reserves
and are not subject to a mortgage or any borrowings including
overdraft, this also applies to our existing Whinfield Drive
premises which we have retained,
- orders received
from the US Airforce and the US Navy,
- First conservatory
order from France
- Plastics order
- French doors to
Jersey, Channel Isles,
saw the company provide Interior Glass Doors
for a property that was featured on Channel 4's 'Property