Bolt Base hammers home success after ten years in business

Bolt Base, an Alloa-based international seller of bolts, washers and screws, celebrates ten years in business this month, praising the long-term support given by local advisory network, Business Gateway.

Founded in 2009, Bolt Base boasts seven employees across three units and provides customers with a wide range of products, delivered in smaller quantities than their competitors. With an annual turnover of £1 million, the business has plans for expanded growth in 2020, aiming to raise its profile amongst local and national business communities in order to attract more commercial customers.  

Bolt Base have been Ceteris tenants for a number of years and are based at The Trade Centre, Alloa.

Initially trading from their garage, business owners Ann-Marie and Iain Sim approached Business Gateway for advice and support as they scaled up their business activities. They secured their first premises following advice from Business Gateway, HR support as they hired an apprentice and full-time employee and one-to-one sessions with a DigitalBoost specialist to support their new website build. 

Their rapid growth has enabled Bolt Base to become one of the top sellers on eBay, ranking at no.65 globally and no.35 in the UK.

Ann-Marie Sim, owner of Bolt Base said: “Business Gateway support has been invaluable throughout our entire business journey. Their advice has enabled us to expand our operations and trade overseas which has been critical to our business development.

“When you’re starting a business, it can be hard to see where it could go, so Business Gateway has provided a valuable partnership that has evolved as Bolt Base has expanded.  As we look forward to the next ten years of our growth plan, it is comforting to know that the Business Gateway team is behind us every step of the way.”

Alison Davidson, Business Gateway adviser said: “A business often requires a varied mix of support as it grows from a start-up to a more established operation, and this is something Ann-Marie and Iain have made the most throughout their use of Business Gateway services.

“It’s an incredible achievement for them as Bolt Base celebrates its tenth anniversary and I look forward to seeing how the business continues to grow.”

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