The acquisition of Launa Windows, a well respected manufacturer of windows, doors & conservatories and a household name in Newton Abbot in Devon for nearly 40 years, has come at just the right time and thankfully the well-loved Launa Man is here to stay!
The acquisition of Launa Windows, a well respected manufacturer of windows, doors & conservatories and a household name in Newton Abbot in Devon for nearly 40 years, has come at just the right time. The purchase of Launahurst Ltd, trading as Launa Windows after only a week of negotations, by Britannia Windows, a Clevedon-based home improvements company spells some welcome good news for the employment market and local industry in the south-west. Despite the biting recession, thankfully the well-loved Launa Man is here to stay!
Launa is a deservedly well-respected brand in the local area which has in the past attracted hundreds of thousands of loyal customers, all of whom are very familiar with the catchy “Launa Man Can” jingle which is prevalent on regional radio stations. The popular Launa Man is currently fine-tuning his vocal chords in the studio and promises to be back on the airwaves with his jingle very soon! It is rumoured that the Launa Man has also been spotted out and about in various locations in the South West while he has been filming for a brand new series of television adverts which will be shown on the TV in the very near future.
A second generation family company, Launa launched as a company in 1974 when they started making quality uPVC windows, doors and conservatories. With Britannia Windows now acquiring the company, there will be major investment in new product development. This will incorporate an exciting, innovative and brand new product range that includes bi-folding doors, orangeries, and new technologies including Marinespec anti-corrosion hardware and triple glazing, which Britannia believe will all be popular in the area. Not only will the Launa Man still be around in the South West, he will be offering more and better products than ever before! Also on the cards is the creation of a new showroom, and Britannia have already had an offer accepted on some new premises based in Newton Abbot, space which will be used for new warehousing and the creation of new offices.
Britannia Windows was established in 1980 with only five employees and is a family owned and operated business. Fast business growth and continual investment in leading-edge equipment and machinery has resulted in the company being the largest and longest established manufacturer of uPVC doors, windows and conservatories in the local area, offering consistent high quality standards. With a base in Clevedon near the M5, the business also has fantastic transport links which enable it to operate more efficiently.
Britannia Windows are delighted to have acquired the well respected household name of Launa and look forward to preserving the popular “Launa Man Can” promise as well as the well-known brand name with householders in the South West. Britannia were attracted to a traditional family firm with a solid reputation and keen to expand their area of operation. MD Hayden Rushton says he is honoured to be charged with driving the Launa windows business forward and is looking forward to Britannia continuing to provide a high quality service to the residents of the South West, by using a combination of Launa’s traditional high quality with state of the art technology and competitive pricing. He explains his enthusiasm for Devon and for Launa windows “’ Newton Abbot is just over an hour from Clevedon, which makes it ideal for us to expand our area of operation. I’ve also got a real soft spot for Devon, I spent four years studying Business at Plymouth University and as a child we always used to enjoy caravan holidays at Steamer Quay in Totnes, it’s a fantastic part of the world. Launa is a well respected, quality brand in the South West. Everybody I speak to seems to know the catchy ‘Launa man can’ jingle”.
Britannia say their first objective is to start with the correct foundations for business and to keep on the superb core of staff who have remained loyal to the company during a turbulent time. Already creating vital and much needed new jobs in Devon, Britannia are indicating it is very much business as usual for the company.
Managing Director Hayden Rushton hopes that “By the end of the month we should have in excess of 45 staff members.” As Britannia Windows expand and grow their business over the coming years they will continue to create new and exciting employment opportunities in the South West region.
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