Champagne corks pop for town business

Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott is now celebrating 31 successful years in business. (Cars parked in the shape of 31).
Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott is now celebrating 31 successful years in business. (Cars parked in the shape of 31).

A MORPETH business is enjoying a happy 31st birthday with a massive increase in turnover.

Gott Technical Services, which supplies and services MOT and body shop equipment to the vehicle repair industry, kept its 30th anniversary celebrations low key last year as many of its clients were facing tough economic conditions.

But now it’s time to pop the champagne corks as the family business has seen a 35 per cent increase in turnover in the last year and is making plans to move into the Scottish and Cumbrian markets.

A recruitment drive has started with a Cumbrian engineer, with three new sales positions up for grabs in the next 12 months, and in Scotland the business has secured a national contract with outlets as far as Dunfermline.

The company will invest more than £100,000 in a new brand identity, publicity and an e-commerce website, as well as add to its fleet of breakdown response vehicles.

Director Ian Gott said: “Being in business for 31 years has far exceeded all our expectations.

“It’s good to see a garage equipment firm reacting well in such times when the motor trade has been low.

“What has enabled us to successfully ride out several recessions is an increased demand for inspection, servicing and repair of garage equipment due to the fact that when times are tight, more drivers keep their current vehicle on the road longer.”

The company, which employs 18 staff, has more than 500 clients, from small garages to multi-site motor retail groups. It also operates as a consultancy business.