Flame Heating Spares is going from strength to strength after being appointed to the preferred suppliers list for Durham County Council.

Founded in Gateshead in 2011, Flame Heating Spares moved into County Durham in 2013, opening a second trade counter in the city’s Dragonville Industrial Estate.

The company has now been added to the preferred suppliers list of Durham County Council and the position has helped increase its customer base as tradespeople working for the authority have found themselves directed towards Flame.

Flame Heating Spares supplies replacement parts for all domestic and commercial boilers, as well as a growing range of new and renewable technology.

The company, which now has a turnover of £1.4m, is planning on expanding into a third site later in 2014.

John Savage, managing director and founder of Flame Heating Spares, said: “Since moving into Durham, our services have been very well received and being put on the preferred suppliers list for the teams working on behalf of Durham County Council has helped to cement our position.

“It is sometimes seen as difficult for smaller private firms to find work through local authorities, but we are proof that it can be done if the quality and pricing is right, and we can show the potential stability and growth such a position can bring.

“It also gives us the confidence to continue to grow, with our plans to open a third site later this year.”