The Steel Window Association (SWA) is a family managed business now going into its third generation and 50th year as a specialist steel window refurbishment and replacement company. Our company has evolved continuously since 1960, and there’s no sign of us stopping.
Having grown up in a household where both my parents ran Associated Steel Window Services (ASWS) full-time – with my mum running the commercial side and my dad running all our sites across London – all I knew growing up was steel windows! Even when we went on holiday, my parents found themselves looking at the glazing or the ironmongery on windows around the world. I can’t tell you the number of times travelling around London as a child I would be told: “I worked on that project;” “We fitted the windows there!” and “That job was one that grandad started off doing!”
I was also lucky enough to visit many of our sites growing up. I think I even started answering the phones in our offices during my summer holidays from the age of about 11! So, it’s no surprise that I wanted to get involved in the family business full-time, at the first opportunity.
When I finished at university, I became the third generation involved in the business. I initially started on site as a labourer. I cleaned the work areas, ran around after our experienced engineers and most importantly, learnt the trade from the bottom up!
More than 10 years later I am now the contracts director at ASWS, overseeing all elements of our projects, from enquiry to final accounts and everything in between. Sometimes, with it being a family business, that also includes a myriad of work, including driving our vans, loading tools, servicing windows and still answering the phones!
Contracts director of Associated Steel Window Services and president of the Steel Window Association