Loft Creations creates jobs to meet demand

LOFT conversion specialist Loft Creations has hired another 17 staff to help meet strong demand for its patented lightweight telescopic aluminium beams.

James Roach

The Knaresborough-based firm reported sales of over £250,000 in its first three months of trading and over £200,000 in orders.

The firm’s patented ‘TeleBeam’ technology uses strong but lightweight telescopic aluminium beams which work alongside the trusses in modern houses.

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Modern roof trusses are constructed of very small timbers and are difficult to convert for residential space. Loft Creations said TeleBeam can solve the problem when there isn’t adequate floor and roof support.

The expansion means the firm now has four full-time staff at its head office and 15 full-time sub-contractors on site.

Loft Creations was set up by James Roach, who led the turnaround of Ripon-based Truss Loft in 2011.

“The loft conversion sector is one that I know well, and having secured the rights to install the lightweight patented TeleBeam technology, we saw this as a great time to offer a professionally project-managed, fast, clean and hassle-free loft conversion service,” said Mr Roach.

The business converts attic space in houses and manages projects from the initial planning permissions through the design and build to decorating and finishing.

Mr Roach left his most recent role as finance director of outdoor furniture retailer Akula last November to launch Loft Creations. The business started with just Mr Roach and one full-time employee.

“The early success we have seen is proof that the market is ready for a more completely managed provider of loft conversions as an alternative to hiring one-man band builders and other tradesmen with all the risks and hassle that this involves,” said Mr Roach.

Loft Creations’ architect Simon Horne, who leads the planning team for the business, said: “There are a great many people looking to maximise the square footage of their properties to gain space for kids or grandparents but also as an investment.”