The largest tile store in the North – Brooke Ceramic – is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The family-owned business – which began life as an ironmongery shop in 1925 – was converted in 1988 as a specialist tiling and bathroom shop, by current owner Geof Brooke.
“As well as having great tiles, our success is also due to our loyal and helpful staff. And most have been with me for a long time, over 200 man-years in fact. I’m very fortunate to have such a loyal and knowledgeable team.”
“We are completely independent and bring the best and most beautiful tiles from around the world directly into our store in Hull. We always provide the best prices and providing free adhesive and grout means the tiles become even more competitive.
“Our huge stock levels means customers don’t have to wait, they can take their purchase away immediately. Our customers get a very good deal and are served by staff who are honest, helpful and skilled.
“Over three quarters of our business is repeat and we regularly receive messages of thanks from satisfied customers.”
Since Brooke Ceramics started in 1988, they have sold enough tiles to totally cover the M62 from Hull to Manchester, and back again!
“Tile design has always been led by technology and the most recent developments have been around digital printing in High Definition. We were one of the first companies in the area to offer HD tiling, which means you can effectively print high quality images of stone, marble and wood directly onto tiles.
“The effect is almost identical to the real thing, so for people who want the look of natural marble, stone and wood but not the hassle, HD tiling is a perfect solution. There is no difficulty around fitting, sealing, staining and maintaining which is usually associated with natural products, and tiles are considerably cheaper too.
“HD is so powerful that any image can be printed onto tiles, making areas in either homes or business completely bespoke and unique.”