Paint entrepreneur secures TV spot as business booms

Paint entrepreneur secures TV spot as business booms

A shabby chic paint brand developed in Northumberland is now setting the standard across Europe, creating new jobs and securing its own spot on TV.

Everlong Superior Finish Paint was launched in Amble in February this year and the business is on course for a £400,000 turnover in its first 12 months.

The company has gone from zero to 160-plus stockists in just eight months, with customers across the UK and Ireland, Holland, Malta and Greece, with main distributors in the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.

Created by shabby chic upcycling specialist Sarah Ashurst, Everlong is a chalk paint with a unique finish that means it does not need to be sealed with wax. Available in more than 20 colours, many with local names such as Amble Sea and Castle Keep – named after Warkworth Castle - the paint and its packaging are all produced locally.

Sarah said: “I originally developed the paint from a user’s perspective, because I found flaws in all the brands that were on the market when I was carrying out commissioned upcycling projects for clients.

“It’s unbelievable that Everlong has experienced such phenomenal growth in just a few months. But it is a tried and thoroughly tested product, and I’m delighted users are enjoying the same success with it as I did.

“Now we’re taking Everlong Paint to an even wider audience after being asked to showcase the product on the Sky Hochanda channel.”

Former newspaper advertising executive Sarah quit her job in August 2013 to run her upcycling and gift shop business Everlong in Amble, which also supplies upcycling accessories such as fireplace moulds and ornate door knobs, and offers free workshops for crafters. The mum of four spent more than a year developing the Everlong Paint formula, and is now concentrating on further growth for the paint business.

Everlong has expanded from a one-woman band to an SME with eight members of staff. The business has taken on two apprentices to help at Everlong. The rapid expansion means the company has also taken on more warehousing space to meet demand from customers.

Sarah said: “The Everlong brand has really hit a chord with crafters and professional upcyclers.

“I’m proud to have developed a product that is made and distributed in the North East and is creating jobs in rural north Northumberland. It’s fantastic to see the positive support we’ve had from people in the region who know about renovating furniture and how Everlong paint can make such a difference to their work.”