HOME improvements franchise Granite Transformations has opened a franchise at the Hatfields Furniture Showroom, in Stanway.

Steven Leech, who runs the franchise with Darren Cribb, said: “This is a terrific move for us. This is the first showroom we have had in the main township of Colchester. Our previous showroom at West Mersea was a few miles outside and would not have been suitable for our future needs.

“We are very pleased to have been given the opportunity for the concession within Hatfields, given their trading heritage since 1886. This is a reflection on the quality of our company.

“At the same time this will allow us to seek a wider customer spectrum.”

Steven and Darren were named Granite Transformation’s Franchisees of the Year in 2015.