Dunkley Tiles and Bathrooms splashes out for 40th birthday

On the tiles: Scott Dunkley, Managing Director, Dunkley Tiles and Bathrooms (left) in one of his showrooms with David Watton, Director, Princecroft Willis.

 

Celebrations have been held for the 40th anniversary of Dunkley Tiles and Bathrooms in Bournemouth.

The family owned business, which employs 12 people and has a £1.5 million turnover, marked the occasion with a staff meal.

Based in Winton, the company was founded by Anthony and Carol Dunkley in 1974. Their son, Scott, now runs the business.

Originally selling tiles and associated products, the company diversified into bathrooms two years ago and now serves the retail, trade and commercial markets. About 85 per cent of the tiles it sells are imported.

Scott, who officially joined the business in 1994 at the age of 18, said: "We're proud to be celebrating our 40th anniversary after what has been a tough five years.

"We've faced some major challenges but we've emerged on the other side with a good strong team and I'm very confident about the future."

Future plans include the opening of a fifth showroom - Studio 410 - featuring tiles and natural stone at its Kemp Road site as well as a public open day in March 2015.

The company's new commercial arm is particularly targeting its products and services at architects, interior designers, shopfitters, building surveyors and developers.

Scott said: "I'm very proud that Dunkley Tiles and Bathrooms is a family business. It sets us apart.

"We were a founder member of the Family Business Club, run by our accountants Princecroft Willis. It's a fantastic forum to meet other family businesses in an informal setting and share experiences.

"David Watton, a Director at Princecroft Willis, has been our accountant since 1989 and I have total trust in him. There used to be two people a business owner would call - the bank manager and the accountant. For me, it's now just the accountant. David's advice is invaluable."

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