New training academy for Five Star Windows

Richard Manser, managing director of Five Star Windows and Conservatories, in the firm’s new £150,000 training academy

One of the West Midlands’ fastest growing home improvement specialists has invested over £150,000 into developing the next generation of fitters, installers and design consultants. Five Star Windows and Conservatories, which has seen a sales boom since lockdown, has built a new, 3,000ft² training academy at its Kidderminster showroom that is capable of supporting 100 people every year.

The training academy will serve the company’s existing staff, new recruits, apprentices and several commercial partners, with the aim of offering in-depth product knowledge, access to new design software and updates on the latest industry regulations. The move underlines the business’ firm commitment to quality and customer service.

Richard Manser, managing director for Five Star Windows and Conservatories, said: “Our products are premium quality, but installation is equally important. The service and workmanship that we provide have been key to our success throughout the pandemic, and we want to make sure that this continues going forward. With this in mind, we decided to create our own dedicated training academy, which can be the hub for personal development work, recruitment and our regular intake of apprentices.”

He continued: “There are courses for the construction arm of the business, for our 19-strong sales team and for the next generation of designers. We also provide access to workshops with external specialists and the latest software packages, including Vector, Focus and Pricepoint.

“Our colleagues from Ultraframe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of roofing systems, have already used the new facility to update our surveying and technical teams on their latest developments. The objective is to enable us to provide customers with an even better experience and to make sure we can continue to bring their ideas to life.”

Five Star Windows and Conservatories has established a strong reputation across its showrooms in Kidderminster and Worcestershire, having installed more than 30,000 windows and completed over 3,000 conservatories, orangeries and lifestyle extensions during the last two decades. The company, which offers a 20-year guarantee, has secured more than £6m of sales in the first half of the year and expects this to grow even further with the launch of a third showroom in Hall Green, Birmingham.

As a result of the ongoing expansion, more than 20 new jobs have been created since the start of 2021, with Bethan Owen, the business’ design consultant, one of the first beneficiaries of the new academy. “The training has been incredibly thorough,” she explained. “I had a three-month long induction, and the support has been ongoing ever since.

“I was given in-depth training, learning all the facts and figures for every product and then practiced using the software on existing showroom structures. The support from everyone in the company also makes a difference; they are really friendly and will always ask how I’m getting on.”

Dan Price has also made a strong start to his Five Star journey, after joining as a design consultant in April. “The online learning, one-to-one training and the shadowing of more experienced colleagues meant I could hit the ground running when I started seeing customers.

“It’s all about taking a consultative approach, making sure we listen to what the homeowner is trying to achieve and making this a reality. The approach is working, as I’ve already secured sales and I’m really enjoying the role.”

Five Star Windows and Conservatories is a member of the Conservatory Outlet network, giving it exclusive access to home improvement products. For more information, visit or follow the company on Facebook and Instagram.