Record turnover for Cumbernauld glass and aluminium specialist

Gary Thorn

CUMBERNAULD-based glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass has revealed one of its strongest trading advances on record, with revenues boosted by well over £1 million.

The firm has pushed its turnover to a record £4.5 million in the year to October 2023, up from £3.25 million the previous year.

The main driver of the this growth in 2022/23 was an ‘unusually large’ contract for screens for flats and retail units on a massive community benefit programme led by one of Scotland’s foremost social housing developers.

Cube Glass now hopes to consolidate future revenues in the region of this level, adding that it is ‘steadily’ introducing new and international products with a view to maintaining its value to the market.

Gary Thorn, founder and MD of Cube Glass, said, “Last year was probably the most exceptional year for Cube Glass since the company was established 20 years ago, driven by new levels in contract size. But, while our main competitors concentrate almost exclusively on commercial deals, we also have a strong pipeline of residential work and we are building strong relationships with smaller, high-end architectural practices which specialise in this field.

“In domestic work, there is a significant move towards slimmer sightlines and doors with bigger panels and more glass – a trend which is being led by the international partners with whom we now regularly interact.”

Cube Glass has had a ‘fruitful’ relationship with high-end French design and engineering specialist Bel’M, as well as its existing supplier relationships with specialists such as Senior Architectural Systems, Metal Technology and Schüco.

Gary Thorn added that the company has demonstrated its capacity to take on large contracts but also maintained the ability to undertake smaller and more challenging projects.

He explained, “Some larger competitors are essentially running production lines, but we now have so much experience and expertise in the factory, in project management and especially in design that we can contemplate more challenging individual projects. The flexibility and experience of the fabrication teams is also quite unique, in that they can turn their hands to anything and are happy to undertake challenging work from which other, larger manufacturers might shy away.”

The business is giving back to the community with support for three local football teams as well as sponsorship of Ladies’ Night at Hamilton Park, the Lanarkshire racecourse’s biggest social event of the year.