It’s fair to say that 2017 was a big year; for the world at large, and closer to home here at Westco.
From humble beginnings, the Westco story began when our business first opened in 1977 from a small warehouse unit in Oldham, Lancashire. 40 years old this year, we celebrated our milestone birthday with the announcement that we had joined the COMAP family in late 2016. Operating internationally, the French Industrial Group boasts a network that reaches 20 countries, and “bringing us all together” for the benefit of our customers has been a key priority this year, and will continue to be so over the next year and beyond.
We also started the year with the launch of the new Westco Merchant Portal, and a promise to develop this even further. Giving our customers everything they need to maximise sales of our products, in early 2017 we made good on this promise with the addition of a new product data sheet section to the site. Of course you call also continue to order online, 24/7, using Westco eCommerce. If you haven’t tried these for yourself yet, you can find out more in our latest videos.
2017 also saw the expansion of the Westco Academy, which saw us working in partnership with our customers to build a pipeline of young talent that will benefit our industry for years to come. Through this initiative, we expanded the Academy to include a three-week work experience placement with plumbing supplier, and Westco customer, CHP Wigan. We hope to offer more opportunities to gain broader experience with leading local merchants over the next 12 months.
In spring we added Clever Taps to our extensive portfolio. A stunning range that reflects differing tastes and lifestyles – with a tap to suit any style of kitchen or bathroom – these stylish taps soon became popular with installers by offering something beautiful at a realistic price point. Only a few months later we went on to add to our Clever range – this time with the addition of a line of Chef and Mixer taps.
We look forward to 2018 being just as exciting! I wish you continued success and look forward to bringing you more news from Westco very soon. In the meantime, please keep talking to us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!