A bathroom fitting maker which was set up with a £400 loan from the bank is celebrating its 20th anniversary in business.

Black Country Heritage was established by former accountant Kelv Pearce after he spotted a niche for period bathroom accessories in 1986.

After originally producing domestic door bells, Mr Pearce switched to the design and manufacture of soap dishes, towel

rails, towel warmers and mirrors which are sold through distributors in the UK and America.

The company, which is based in Lye, now employs 28 people and is targeting the home improvement and self build market in Britain.

Mr Pearce said: "In the 1980s the trend was very much towards antique gold finished whereas chrome or nickel are now back in vogue. While we have introduced new products and finishes to ensure we stay abreast of such changes, we have never compromised on traditional hand crafting and finishing which we see as fundamental to our success."

Success and growth led to several moves to new premises, the latest being in November 2005.

Mr Pearce said: "We outgrew our manufacturing facilities six years ago and took on a separate warehouse.

"Now we have reunited our manufacturing and warehouse operations under one roof in Lye thus becoming more efficient.

"The multitude of television programmes and magazines is testimony to the enormous interest that customers have in home interiors, particularly as a style statement.

"The bathroom is a focal point, often refurbished as a means of clinching a property sale. Tastes have become much more discerning and we, recognising that quality makes a real difference, have seen something of a renaissance as bathroom retailers respond to the desire for the all important finishing touches, especially where products such as ours offer both uniqueness and status."