BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur takes on Scotland

BQ’s Emerging Entrepreneur takes on Scotland

Fast growing heating & plumbing merchant, Flame Heating Spares, is expanding its operation to serve the Scottish market, under the leadership of BQ award winner John Savage.

Flame currently operates throughout the North East of England from seven branches, but is now looking to launch branches north of the border in Scotland’s major towns and cities, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Perth and Dundee.

The company appointed Danny Byrne at the start of the year to oversee the expansion and Flame is actively working to acquire a number of sites and develop its brand across Scotland, with the potential to create up to 25 jobs.

As part of its recruitment plans, Flame will create director-level roles in addition to branch managers and supervisors, who will be located at the branches. The directors of the branch will be incorporated into the company’s investor director model, owning a percentage stake in the branch.

Danny Byrne, development director for Scotland at Flame Heating Spares, said: “We are a couple of months into this latest venture which has the potential to vastly increase Flame’s presence in the UK and allow us to enter new markets. The model has been a great success in the North East of England and we are now looking to replicate this in Scotland.”

Flame has achieved year-on-year growth since its formation in 2011, with turnover projected to more than double from its current £6.4m revenues by the end of its financial year, in June 2017.

John Savage, managing director of Flame Heating Spares and the 2017 BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, added: “We are looking to increase our presence throughout the North and Scotland, which will set the company up perfectly for further growth and job creation. Danny has done a great deal since he joined Flame and we are now pressing on with this ambitious expansion plan, and I am hoping to build on the success we have enjoyed in the North East of England.”