Firm expands onto Halesowen site

Claire and Darren Digby with Mark O’Connell (centre) Lloyds Commercial Banking relationship manager in Stourbridge.

Claire and Darren Digby with Mark O’Connell (centre) Lloyds Commercial Banking relationship manager in Stourbridge.

First published in News

A DISUSED factory site in Halesowen is being brought back to life in a £275,000 development by an expanding family firm.

Natural stone supplier Digby Trading has already cleared the Hayseech Road eyesore - where MV Components burned down several years ago – to create a large storage yard.

And this week, Dudley planners gave the go-ahead for the firm to build offices, which it is hoped will be ready by August.

The business is run by husband and wife Darren and Claire Digby, who snapped up the 3.8 acres after securing a loan from the commercial wing of Lloyds Bank.

Mrs Digby said it was a “big project” for the company, which has outgrown its Stourbridge offices and Oldbury yard.

She said: “It’s a great opportunity and very exciting times.”

Digby Trading currently employs 10 people and the move will create another two jobs initially, with the potential for more in the future.

Mr Digby, who had previously worked in the industry as a self-employed block paver and with Mogul Concrete, started the business in 2008.

The couple, who have not borrowed finance before, were able to show the bankers the limited company was built on a sound base.

Mrs Digby added: “The purchase of the new Midlands site is an important growth opportunity for the business, and the funding provided by Lloyds Bank has been crucial in allowing us to increase the quantity of stone we can import, and will also enable us to continue to expand our line of products.

The company sources and imports a range of natural stone products from India and China, which it sells to trade retailers across the country for use in patio and garden design.

It was recently recognised for its commitment of service and quality of products when it was named the 2013 Civil Engineering and Landscaping supplier of the year.

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