Helen Johnson has stepped into the role of managing director after her parents ran the Wear Valley Decorating Centre for 30 years, and has invested £10,000 in a variety of business improvements.
The centre, which has undergone an extensive makeover, now offers a wider range of products, extended opening hours, a new sales and accounting system and an e-commerce website launching next month which will allow customers to browse the latest decorating trends, new products and shop online.
Ms Johnson said: “This is a very exciting time for my team and I as we continue to grow, make positive changes and introduce new product ranges to the centre.
“It was always the plan to take over the family-business from my parents.
“They established and successfully ran a great family-owned, regional business for 30 years and I’m very grateful for all of their hard work and the opportunity to grow and move forward with the centre.”
Wear Valley Decorating Centre currently serves trade and retail customers six days a week from its centre in Coundon, County Durham.