Big expansion plans by a company which has been in Gloucester for more than four decades have been approved.
Gillman's Electrical wants to build a new three-storey building at the back of its store in St Oswalds Road as part of plans which a councillor said will smarten up the area.
The existing storage buildings at the back of the site will be demolished to make way for the new 31-foot-high building which will house a workshop, offices, a call centre and a conference room.
The plans, which will increase Gillman's floor space by 45 per cent, were passed unanimously by Gloucester City Council's planning committee last night.
Councillor Gordon Taylor, chairman of the committee (C, Abbeymead), said: "The building is a more modern one and from the front it will look nice. It will smarten up that front.
"It goes to show they are a successful company undergoing regeneration at this time.
"A lot of people go past the site, it's opposite the business park. This will smarten it up."
Gillman's supplies and services domestic, trade and commercial appliances such as ovens and fridges.
It is a family-run business and was set up in Gloucester in 1969 by John and Erika Patricia Gillman.
Their three children, Robert, Annabelle and Adrian, are the current owners of the business.