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One-man business grows in two years

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

SUCCESSFUL: Aaron Yeo, founder of ANY Weld.

SUCCESSFUL: Aaron Yeo, founder of ANY Weld.

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A ONE-MAN business has expanded from starting up two years ago to employing staff and winning contracts for work on local buildings.

Aaron Yeo, from Landkey, set up ANY Weld in 2012, operating from a solitary workbench.

Two years later the company employs an apprentice, has won contracts with Devon County Council, carried out work at Park School and North Devon Leisure Centre, is set to carry out restoration and maintenance work on Lynton and Lynmouth Pavilion, and achieved an annual turnover above £120,000.

Aaron, who was 24 when he started his business, was delighted with how far the company had come.

"When we started, we had literally zero financial backing," he said. "We were one small cheap welder and a workbench.

"All our growth over the past two years has come purely as a result of hard work, exceptional customer service and quality steel work.

"In the first 18 months our growth was based purely on our reputation from word of mouth.

"In the last six months we've invested in internet advertising which has now seen the company's workload increase rapidly."

The company now deals with clients at the very high end of the market, spending tens of thousands of pounds on new balconies and balustrades, for which ANY Weld provides both the base steel structure and then balustrading on top.

It is balustrades that are proving to be the biggest winner for ANY Weld.

"We're getting work from all over Devon and Cornwall," said Aaron. "People want us to manufacture quality steel items for them and most often that's balconies with balustrades, so an awful lot of our work is focused in coastal areas."

Now Aaron wants to develop his business even further.

"We've earned a good reputation through performing for our customers time and time again," he said.

"We just have to continue to prove ourselves to our clients and the business will continue to grow."

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