Roy Frost acquires GJB

Ex-Deceuninck MD Roy Frost has bought Eurocell fabricator GJB from previous owners Ken Blackman and Gary Bristow.

Roy will assume the position of managing director of the £12m turnover Essex-based fabricator, while Ken Blackman will retire and Gary Bristow will continue in his role as sales director.

Mike Wolstenholme also joins the company as operations director, having previously spent his career in window fabrication with Epwin Group, Everest and Jeld-Wen.

“GJB is a fantastic business with a loyal customer base and I am absolutely delighted to take the reins,” Roy said. “Operationally the business is very strong and I’m looking forward to applying some of my own ideas to take the company to the next level.

“Ken put his heart and soul into the business for the last 27 years and I wish him all the best in his very well-earned retirement. We’ve renewed the leases on the factory units and already have exciting plans for growth.”

Ken Blackman said: “GJB has been a big part of my life for so long it was very important to me that I left the company in the right hands. When Roy expressed an interest I immediately knew it was the perfect fit – he has the experience and ability to drive the company forward and I’m delighted we were able to strike a deal.”

Ken started GJB back in 1990 with his friend and business partner Gary Bristow. From humble beginnings in farm buildings in Stebbing they moved moved to factory units in Rayleigh where they subsequently invested in automation to supply PVCU windows and doors to trade clients in the south east.

Today the company makes in excess of 1,200 frames per week.

Gary Bristow said: “The acquisition is good news for GJB staff because it gives them job security, but it’s also good news for GJB customers. Roy understands the challenges of installation and retailing in a competitive market and will bring an abundance of experience, fresh ideas plus bags of energy to the business.”

Roy hinted that this acquisition of GJB could be the first of many.

“There are lots of well-run businesses in this industry with owners coming up to retirement age and I am keen to explore other opportunities,” Roy said.