It’s one of Aycliffe Business Park’s household names, one of Europe’s top 1,000 fastest-growing companies, and earlier this year was recognised with the Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade.
And as the accolades keep on coming, shower manufacturer Roman still ranks youth engagement and development as one of its biggest priorities.
The firm’s managing director, David Osborne, took hands-on involvement in this year’s Future Business Magnates event, an annual competition organised by Business Durham which encourages local firms to buddy-up with schools and come up with innovative ideas for the future.
Roman’s team won best presentation in 2015, and this year the firm’s Barnard Castle team finished third overall.
It’s an achievement – among many others – which Osborne is quite rightly proud of.
“Future Business Magnates is brilliant, and I wish I did it when I was at school!” he said. “It’s great fun, the young people really enjoy it and seem to get a lot out of it.
“We try to do a lot in the community and we take on new apprentices every year, so we’re big believers in training and developing local young people.”
The Barnard Castle team toured Roman’s factory on Aycliffe Business Park and held meetings with the firm’s management before coming up with a housing solution for third world countries.
“They toured our facility and we gave them some pointers, and they very quickly twigged on to a modular building being a key part,” said Osborne.