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Former Gloucester Rugby and England star still the turnover king as firm's revenues pass £3million

Andy Hazell was known as something of a turnover king during his 17-year career with Gloucester Rugby - and it's a skill that has carried into his post-playing career.

Over 266 games as an openside flanker in the Cherry and White shirt, Hazell became a Kingsholm legend for his ferocious ability at the breakdown.

Forced to retire in 2014 due to persistent concussion-related injuries, Hazell had already plotted his next move by starting a business.

His company, Smart Home Sounds has grown year-on-year and have recently recorded something of a Hazell trademark, a new turnover record.

Andy Hazell, back row (far left) and the Smart Home Sounds team

In fact, the retailer of smart speakers and home audio equipment have seen revenues rise by 100 per cent in the last two years.

In their latest results, it has been revealed that the company, who employ six staff from a base at Churcham Business Park have generated annual turnover of £3million.

Hazell, who also appeared seven times for England during his career, said: ""We're delighted with these latest figures that pay testament to the hard work of the team.

"We've seen the popularity of smart speakers surge, especially in the past 12 months and, as a result, we're growing month-on-month.

"We've had a really busy few months with the launch of three new products from Sonos.

"We've also launched our new website and added Bowers and Wilkins to our product range.

"In addition, we've recently secured the iconic brand Marshall which we can start selling soon which is a great addition for us."

As well as their Churcham base, Smart Home Speakers operate a state-of-the-art listening pod in Cheltenham.

They retail ranges by Sonos, Bluesound, Kef, Bowers and Wilkins and, most recently, Marshall.

The company count Hazell's former Gloucester teammate Mike Tindall and wife Zara Phillips customers.

Smart Homes Sounds differentiates themselves from other retailers by offering customer support in online tutorials and vlogs via their You Tube channel and on their website.

These videos and posts are created by the Smart Home Sounds team to help customers find the right product to suit them, alongside installation help and general tips and hints.

Hazell added: "Website traffic has also doubled with customers viewing our ever-popular vlogs and video tutorials.

"In a busy market it's important that we continue to innovate and offer our customers something our competitors don't.

"I truly believe that our shopping experience and level of product support is hard to beat anywhere in the UK."

In addition to online support, the company offers an extended six-year warranty, free next day delivery and a 'price beat policy'.

The ensures customers aregetting their speakers at the very best price backed with unrivalled customer service and expert product knowledge.

In addition, customers become part of a loyalty scheme, accessing loyalty discounts and offers and preferential prices on future purchases.

For more information on Smart Home Sounds and their products and services visit

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