BUSINESS is bubbling up nicely for a hot tub manufacturer with plans for international expansion after double awards success.

St Asaph-based business UK Leisure Living (UKLL) scooped two prizes at the Wales Start-Up Awards in Cardiff last week.

The firm, established three years ago, received accolades for Retailer Start-Up of the Year and North Wales Start-Up of the Year at the national awards ceremony.

Managing director Gareth Jones said he was “thrilled” to emerge victorious in such competitive categories and that the awards will act as a springboard for further growth in the next 12 months.

He said: “The whole team is thrilled because it shows we are moving in the right direction; all of our hard work is paying off as we push sales and build the business with one eye on the future.

“We have big plans but are still new to this industry and to retail, so to win such a prestigious award when there are so many brilliant companies in this sector is a big achievement."

UKLL, which also has an office in Mochdre, has already turned up the heat in recent months by setting up a new showroom at Gordale Garden Centre, Wirral, which has included taking on new staff.

Mr Jones says they are now exploring opportunities in Ireland and Western Europe, capitalising on a boom in the ‘staycation’ market.

“That is something the company will look at in the future, but for now we are going to celebrate this fabulous award win and continue to have a positive impact on the economy in North Wales and beyond,” he added.

Reflecting on the Wales Start-Up Awards, founder and chairman of the judging panel professor Dylan Jones-Evans bathed UKLL and their fellow finalists in praise.

He said: “This year’s awards have demonstrated the enterprise, innovation and vitality at the heart of the start-up community in Wales.”

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