Photo: Ready to roll … Matthew Edwardson outside the new James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot in Southport.

Southport is set to welcome a new business – with a local man at the helm.

James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot is to open a £250,000 trade counter and bathroom showroom on Hall Street later this month with 33-year-old Matthew Edwardson handed the key management role.

A former student at both Christ the King Catholic College and Southport College, he brings 13 years of industry experience to the role.

And Matthew believes his hands-on experience – he previously managed another local plumbing and heating business – will stand him in good stead.

“I know what it takes to run a successful branch here and my challenge is to quickly establish James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot as a major player,” said: Matthew, who is married with two children and lives in Formby.

“It is great to be part of such a progressive firm and I am determined to repay the confidence shown in me. To have a bathroom showroom on site obviously adds a new dimension to the job.

“Although not yet fully operational, we are trading and it has been great to see so many local plumbers already calling in to see us.”

Southport represents the 54th branch in the James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot national portfolio.

The company’s sales director Bill Davies said: “Southport has been a target for some time and we have managed to find not only a great location, but also a very capable and enthusiastic manager. The on-going development and success of the company is largely down to the efforts and quality of our people and Matthew’s local knowledge, great experience and clear drive provide a perfect fit.”


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