A Hamilton businessman who is celebrating a 20-year landmark has been named one of the leading lights in Glasgow’s window blinds industry.
George Stewart from Apollo Blinds in Hamilton is celebrating 20 years working in the window blinds industry and has come full circle as he is now running the business that originally inspired a change of career two decades ago.
In 1990 the former ceramic potter was faced with redundancy and a chance appointment with an Apollo Blinds salesperson at his home to measure up for window blinds suddenly shined a light on a new career path for George.
Within a week, George had become a self-employed agent working for a window blinds company selling and fitting blinds across the city.
But George dreamed of running his own business and two years ago he bought the franchise for Apollo Blinds in Hamilton.
“When I was looking at my options 20 years ago I hadn’t even thought about a career in window blinds but a chance introduction to Apollo Blinds helped take my life in a new direction – which I’m still grateful for 20 years on,” said George.
“I watched the salesperson and got excited because I could see myself doing it.
“It was obvious then, and still holds true now, that I have been a success because I’m very good at offering honest impartial advice to help homeowners make their homes beautiful.
“And as the years have passed there’s nothing I now haven’t seen before so I can offer customers exactly the right blind for any window in any home.”
Apollo Blinds was always George’s fiercest competitor so when he was in a position to acquire his own business he contacted Apollo straight away.
There has been an Apollo store in the town for nearly 35 years but George doesn’t want the business to rest on its laurels and has gone about developing it.
“There’s no doubt that we have the best collections of window blinds, awnings and shutters in the area at very affordable prices and I’ve been on a mission to make Apollo Blinds the only destination for people looking for blinds,” said George.
It’s a view that is music to the ears of the man in charge of the Apollo Blinds franchise network which has more than 65 stores across the UK.
Gary Chambers, general manager of Apollo Blinds, said that George’s experience and knowledge made him one of the leading lights of the industry.
“George’s Cadzow Street business is one of the busiest in the UK and a lot of that is down to his ability to inspire customers in Hamilton with gorgeous blinds which he backs up with good customer service and very high standards of fitting,” said Mr. Chambers.