Tell us about your company?
Founded on 35 years’ experience, Bebington Glazing was formed in December 2012 to specifically focus on the double-glazing sector of the glass industry – specialising in lead light restoration, commercial double glazing and glass cutting. In order to maintain its reputation for providing a personable customer service
What is your background?
Having begun my career in the construction industry at the age of 21 after joining my father’s glass company, I have certainly gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sector. While I started as an office junior, after various role developments over 15 years, I became the managing director of the company when my father officially retired.
Having been exposed to entrepreneurship from an early age, I have always held the desire to one day establish my own company - therefore in 2012 I felt that it I had the expertise and skills needed to establish my own company - Bebington Glazing.
"The firm never rely on subcontractors and only use their own window fitting staff, meaning that the company works to consistently high standards using top-quality materials across Wirral and the North West."
If you could suggest one thing to Government to help business growth what would it be?
In terms of helping local businesses to develop and grow, I would suggest more industry specific pockets of funding are needed - the Government has already put aside set amounts to contribute to making households more energy efficient, but it would be really effective if they had a budget for energy efficient double-glazing in the workplace, for example. There are so many different sectors and industries, it can often be confusing and difficult to locate and source the funding you’re entitled to.
I also hope that the gender pay gap in relation to women in the construction industry is soon abolished. While women currently only represent 12.2% of professionals in the predominately male dominated construction workforce, this has peaked from 10.7% in 2010, meaning that more female workers are keen to join the sector. As social stigmas of women in the construction industry are progressively being lifted, it is vital to ensure adequate education, support and training to both sexes. The construction industry is moving forward at a rapid pace, but it cannot hope to continue to advance in such a way if it underachieves in attracting and retaining a whole half of the population in jobs.
What do you do to relax away from the office?
I like to relax by having regular spa treatments – it’s the little luxuries in life that make it all worthwhile and it’s a quick and easy escape from the office. Annually, my family and I like to holiday in Turkey – we revisit the same destination most years, as to us it feels like a second home.
What hobbies do you have?
In my spare time, I would call myself a home décor enthusiast! I’m always out and about hunting for my next piece of quirky furniture or unusual ornament. I take great pride in my home and I’m always designing and redesigning my space – similar to my job, I like to throw myself into projects around the house to keep things modern and forward-thinking.
What one piece of advice would you give an 18 year old Kay Finlay starting out today?
If I could go back, I’d probably undertake more formal qualifications and go on to study towards a degree. I think that higher education is so important, and can help you get so far in your future career. With it being something I feel so strongly about, I have encouraged my children to do.
Any final thoughts?
I think that as a small business, it’s important to be savvy and save costs where you can for both yourself and your clients. We pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial advice to our clients, and we will never pressure a customer into purchasing an option that isn’t right for them or is over their budget. Unlike many other double-glazing firms, none of our staff are hired based on sales or commissions, so they’re never pressured to do anything other than a high-quality, excellent job.