Exceptional safety records and superb training strategies were among the stand-out attributes across our Access & Scaffolding finalists.
AFI Group Goodwood Access and Scaffolding Specialists 2016
AFI strengthened its business in the East Midlands in 2015 by acquiring a number of firms, and opened a new training centre in Wakefield twice the size of its previous one. Investment in health and safety saw the company’s All Injury Frequency rate drop by more than 50 per cent to 1.63, representing a fivefold decline since 2012.
AFI also invested in its hire and delivery fleets, spending over £10m on purchasing more than 600 new access platforms and making a commitment to purchase over 450 more machines during the next 18 months for around £7m.
Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Access and Scaffolding Specialists 2016
Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding
Last year’s winner Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding had another strong year in 2015, increasing turnover by £1.8m, a rise of over 80 per cent. Net profit also rose by 24.5 per cent, the company’s highest ever annual increase.
The firm’s stand-out projects were at Lloyds Bank buildings in Penzance and Bristol, which included external scaffolding around a dome and a temporary roof in Penzance, and an internal scaffold and temporary roof in Bristol.
Everlast Access and Scaffolding Specialists 2016
Everlast Scaffolding grew by 30 per cent last year and achieved assessed membership of the Scaffolding Association.
The firm has increased its client base and worked with larger companies, including local authorities such as Bradford Kirklees and Leeds councils. Major projects included work at Fern Lea Flats in Huddersfield and The Counting House in Pontefract.
Client satisfaction is high and Everlast has continued to go from strength to strength.
GKR Access and Scaffolding Specialists 2016
Last year was GKR Scaffolding’s 21st in business – and the firm took the opportunity to launch its first internal academy, providing employees with the opportunity to progress from operative to managerial positions.
The company’s health and safety performance improved as well, achieving more than 500,000 hours without a RIDDOR.
A standout project saw it work with Sir Robert McAlpine on Bloomberg’s new European HQ in London.
Safetime_Access and Scaffolding_Specialists 2016
SafeTime’s collaborative online system has reinvented the scaffolding inspection procedure.
To date, over 40,000 inspections have been carried out using the system globally, with the product launched in New Zealand in mid-2015.
The system is currently being used on hundreds of projects throughout the UK, including the M1 improvement scheme, the redevelopment of London Bridge, and Crossrail.
The firm estimates that more than 10,000 hours have been saved due to the increased simplicity of inspections – and the paperless system also provides sustainability benefits, too.
St Helens Plant Access and Scaffolding Specialists 2016
St Helens Plant
St Helens Plant aims to provide an affordable source of UK-manufactured scaffolding for smaller companies, working in partnership with suppliers and contractors to achieve this.
The firm launched a new young apprenticeship scheme last year alongside a training centre in its Motherwell depot in Scotland.
In 2015, it created nine new apprenticeship opportunities and 14 new jobs elsewhere.
Tiger Access and Scaffolding Specialists 2016
Formed in 2004, last year saw Tiger Scaffolding continue to grow as a recognisable industry brand.
The firm invested more than £60,000 on training and equipment for its 19-strong workforce. Turnover hit £780,000 and the firm is projecting this to grow by more than 20 per cent to in excess of £1m in 2016.
The specialist has also developed a new product for market, the ‘Klawz’, a double fitting to aid in the systematisation of tube and fitting scaffolding.
UK Platforms Access and Scaffolding Specialists 2016
UK Platforms’ diesel boom lifts come fitted with Active Shield Bar, its unique anti-entrapment device – and 2015 saw the company install it on the 1,000th boom in its fleet.
The specialist also introduced its ’Rant and Rave’ customer feedback system last year, enabling customers to provide fast and constructive real-time feedback.
The firm also offers training in working safely at height to businesses through its sister company HSS Training. High-profile projects in 2015 included Mace’s regeneration of Sky’s HQ in west London.