UK: glazing firm reverts to old name after buyout

The management buyout of a north-east England glass and glazing business has seen the company revert to its original name.
Following the takeover of the Darlington branch of Polton Glass Limited by f…

The management buyout of a north-east England glass and glazing business has seen the company revert to its original name. Following the takeover of the Darlington branch of Polton Glass Limited by former branch manager Peter Kelly, the name has been changed back to Elders Walker Glass Limited. Mr Kelly, 53, who plans to expand the company and open a new showroom, said “Elders Walker always had a good name for value and expertise and that is why we opted to return to the original name”. “There are 14 people working for the company at the moment and, once the showroom is up and running, we will be taking on some sales staff and window fitters.” In the 1980s, Elders Walker was bought by Pilkington before being taken over by Polton Glass in 1998. In recent years, Mr Kelly saw the Darlington branch of Polton Glass taking a different route to the company“s head office at nearby Middlesbrough. “We were concentrating on glass retailing and glazing whereas, at the Middlesbrough site, they were involved in the bulk merchandising, toughening, processing and decoration of glass,” he said. With assistance from Neville Baldry, partner at chartered accountants and business advisors Clive Owen and Company, and funding from HSBC bank, Mr Kelly acquired the branch. The company now provides commercial and residential glass and glazing across the north-east of England. Joining Mr Kelly on the management team is long-term business colleague, Dorothy Hansom, and his son, Rob, a glazier who joined the company in 1988.