Company History

The company was established in May 1978 as a specialist glass company and manufacturer of hermetically sealed insulating glass units (double glazing), drawing on the experience of the directors within the glass industry the company quickly gained a reputation for quality products, at the right price and delivered on time. Customers included many local councils and household names such as Everest, Anglian, Magnet and Solaglas.

The company was established in May 1978 as a partnership, later becoming a limited company as we grew larger.

For your peace of mind we are FENSA registered (reg no.12060), we are also licensed by the Office of Fair Trading (reg no.594886) and have full and comprehensive Public Liability Insurance to the value of £3 million and £10 million Employee Liability Insurance.

We are also licensed by the Environment Agency (reg no. YDA/149960) and we are members of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF). (Membership Number - A2701) . We are Also TrustMark registered through the GGF.

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We are one of a very few number of companies within our industry who are allowed to accept credit card payments for their products, due to the "here today, gone tomorrow" nature of the double glazing trade credit card companies do not want to deal with this industry.

Your confidence in us can be further re-enforced by the fact that we own our premises outright and do not operate from rented premises, all of our manufacturing equipment and office equipment is also wholly owned by the company and NOT subject to lease or finance agreements.

We have been trading successfully on the Internet since September 1996


Newton Aycliffe Rotary Club

To celebrate the Centenary of Rotary International the Newton Aycliffe Club initiated an environmental improvement scheme at the southern entrance to the town by the Blue Bridge, a well known landmark.

The County, Borough and Town Councils along with a number of local business partners all combined to enhance the area and provide an attractive welcome to visitors. The site now offers a pleasant roadside haven for walkers with picnic tables and seating. It now provides a warm welcome to visitors.

Newton Aycliffe

US Government

We have just fulfilled our seventh order for the US Government, however, due to confidentiality agreements, we can't disclose which departments.


Ben Hall

Ben Hall joined the company as the IT manager having previously worked for a web design and IT consultancy business in Darlington. Ben brings a wealth of experience to ensure that the company's web sites are up to the very latest standards. Ben is married to Natalie and has two children.

Tim Walton

Another new addition to our "merry band" is Tim Walton, formerly installation supervisor at local company Starlight Windows. Having spent twenty years at Starlight, Tim is well known and highly respected in our local area and brings a wealth of experience to his new challenge. He joins us as installation manager.

Tim's experience extends to the building trade and part and parcel of his remit will be to explore the possibility of the company offering kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms fully fitted in our local area. July saw Tim and his partner Mandy celebrating the birth of their first child, Ollie Ryan, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THREE!.

Notable Orders

Notable orders this year include a second order from the American Embassy in London for our frameless glass doors and an order from a GE company for Lexan (GE make Lexan).

The company secured the domain name and purchased the assets of DOUBLE GLAZING.NET from an Australian company, both are for future use and are currently under construction.



John Bermingham

This year was overshadowed by the death of the company chairman John Bermingham. After a nine month illness, John passed away in October having retired in 2008 to look after his seriously ill wife. His duties have been assumed by the managing director, his son

John had a wealth of experience having worked in the industry for nearly 60 years. He was highly respected within our industry and by the local community being a long standing member of Newton Aycliffe Rotary Club and VERY well liked by customers, many who attended his funeral.

John Bermingham

He began his career aged 14 at Taylor's Glass, Percy Place Dublin. At an early age he moved his family to Derby securing a position at Derby Glass, eventually becoming the general manager. Next stop was Cathedral Glass, Lincoln (part of the Bradford Glass Group) as manager with a brief to "sort the place out" or close it. Two years later it was "sorted" and John was offered a move to larger group member Beaumont and Parkinson, Blackpool as managing director. The group became part of (Royal) Doulton Glass Industries eventually becoming part Solaglas, Europe's largest glass merchant.

John was the managing director of the Fylde coast division of Solaglas. In 1978 he moved to Durham in the North East of England to establish The BB Group with his son, the current managing director.

Spring Is Here

Spring is here again and so we thought we'd show you a few pictures of our building in its beautiful surroundings so that everyone can enjoy Protech in bloom. Rememember we have many products to help you improve your own surroundings and make the most of what will hopefully turn out to be a glorious summer.

The Bluebridge Centre

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Protech Limited 1978

Protech Limited 1978

Protech Limited 2007

Protech Limited 2007

The Bluebridge Centre 1970s

The Blue Bridge Centre 1970s

The Bluebridge Centre 2008

The Blue Bridge Centre 2008

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