Ace Nu-Look – a new look for homes

A Dudley builder is winning orders and interest for his innovative decorative window header and window cill products that give an instant new look to property exteriors.

The attractive, lightweight, polymer stone fascias can easily be fitted above and below most windows, give the look and feel of real stone, are cost-effective and suitable for both new buildings and those needing refurbishment.

Mark Grazier, in the building trade for nearly 15 years, devised the idea for the new product while fitting traditional stone headers and cills. Mark says “Traditional stone is heavy and is easily damaged. My thought was to develop a replica fascia material with the appearance of real stone, something that would be easy to fit, give kerb-appeal and add instant value”.

Already well-known to his own family and friends for generating ideas, Mark joined the Dudley Inventors’ Club and received plenty of encouragement. “Over a period of three years I investigated various materials for suitability before the first prototype was produced in plastic” said Mark. “Initial research indicated that my idea had the potential for a successful new product range for the building industry and, thanks to help from the Polymer Cluster, I’ve been able to develop my idea fully and it is now in production.”

The Polymer Cluster team was delighted when Mark approached them for help with product design, development and business planning. Polymer Cluster Champion Paul Hackney comments “The Polymer Cluster Centre in Telford was established to help enterprising people like Mark by providing access to packages of free, practical support and collaborative opportunities”. As a result, Mark teamed up with two other companies, Horizon (GB) Ltd and Venture Building Products Ltd, to win a Network Innovation Grant to help him market the new products.

Mark has now formed a partnership with local entrepreneur Alan Bowler in a new company, Ace Nu-Look Ltd. Together they have perfected the window products and have further plans to expand their innovative product range to include other time-saving products for the construction industry.

Funded by Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund, the Polymer Cluster is a Wolverhampton Telford Technology Corridor project.

Mark 07813 710778