THE team behind two family-run businesses is set to continue to grow this year.

Daniel Armstrong, who set up Daniel Armstrong Associates Architectural Services, based in Corbridge, around seven years ago, launched partner company LRD Associates in 2018, along with his wife Lucie Armstrong.

LRD Associates focuses on the construction side of the building process, meaning customers can access a one-stop service from design and planning to project management and completion with the ‘design and build’ approach adopted by the two companies.

Daniel, who has 18 years of experience in architectural services as a project manager, said: “LRD had seven employees before Christmas. In the last two weeks we have taken on another five and we plan for another three or four in the next six months.

“The architectural side of the business started out with just me and Lucie and we have taken on another two members of staff over the last four or five months.”

Thanks to the joint up approach, Daniel said customers who were happy with the service offered by architectural service could then feed in to LRD, while they also worked alongside other companies too. This year will see work on some community projects, as well as some large domestic buildings, including two £1.2m homes.

“It’s going very well,” Daniel added. “I think that’s because with the massive demand in this area searching for quality builds can be a struggle.”