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Second generation family business celebrates milestone

January 2017

A Gold Coast second generation family business established in 1986 is celebrating its best month on record in 31 years.

Marques Flooring, an award-winning small business located in the heart of the Gold Coast’s oldest industrial estate in Nerang, is one of Australia’s most recognised flooring suppliers.

Building upon the strong foundations set by founder Alberto Marques, son and general manager Josh Marques is the driving force behind the recent success and transformation of the original store and showroom into a dedicated trade store, state of the art showroom and design centre.

Historically, Marques Flooring focussed solely on installations. By the year 2000, Alberto experimented with the addition of a trade shop but the timing wasn’t right. He turned his focus back to installation, carrying out various jobs with a team of tradesmen on small residential projects through to bigger commercial jobs.

Josh started working with his father Alberto in 2005 in the area of sales and quoting. After a few years of learning the ins and outs of the flooring industry Josh took the reins of the business and made the bold decision to cease installations and become a distributor.

By 2009, existing flooring employees were set up with their own flooring businesses and Marques Flooring went on to become a one-stop shop for everything to do with flooring.

Fast forward to today, and after 12-months of renovations, Josh and his team are planning the grand opening of a state of the art showroom and design centre, much to their customer’s delight.

The warehouse next door to the original premises was purchased to complete the project. The additional space displays an even larger product range and includes a dedicated area for training as well as a place to enjoy a complimentary coffee.

The upgraded showroom has put Marques Flooring on the map as the first supplier in the country to complete a project of this magnitude. As a result, industry insiders have been traveling from far and wide to inspect the innovative concept for themselves.

In the years to come, Marques Flooring has plans to continue sharing its success with the local community and people in need.

In addition to ongoing sponsorship of local sporting clubs, Josh will be heading to Cambodia in September 2017 to fund building materials and build a home for a very deserving family.

In the future, Josh hopes to establish his own charity to continue building homes in Cambodia with the support of Marques Flooring.

See Business Gold Coast for more.

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