Winner: Cuddy Environmental
In a closely fought category with a number of outstanding entries, the judges picked Cuddy Environmental as the winner.
The asbestos removal specialist demonstrated excellent customer service and technical innovation, coupled with a robust business strategy, to win the prize.
The firm, which separated from parent Cuddy Group in 2012, showed technical excellence through a series of highly complex projects. These included a job for Tata Steel in Port Talbot, where the company removed 84 tonnes of asbestos from around a live gas main using a 24-hour working pattern.
The judges also praised Cuddy’s business strategy, with the firm more than doubling its initial profit projections.
Cuddy has boosted its pre-tax profit from £125,000 in 2012 to £1.5m in July 2016. At the same time, the company beat a target of £3.5m by posting a turnover of £4m in its most recent financial year.
“Cuddy showed they really go beyond the norm in terms of what they do and how they do it,” the judges said.
“The company really understands its clients’ value drivers and knows how to create a solution to satisfy them – rather than being the cheapest and the quickest, the firm thinks through exactly what its clients need.”
The judges were also impressed by the firm’s approach to technology and training.
Only 10 people in the UK have the highest available asbestos removal qualification and two of them work for Cuddy, while the firm has run a comprehensive behavioural safety modification programme throughout the entire business.
The company has won gold awards for training from the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association three years in a row.
“The company really understands its clients’ value drivers and knows how to create a solution to satisfy them”
Technical innovations included the live-streaming of projects via tablets between all sites and the firm’s head office, to allow for maximum safety and supervision.
The firm has reported no lost-time accidents or major injuries in the last three years.
Cuddy’s clients include Tata Steel, Carillion and Amey, while the firm also has a place on a number of frameworks. The contractor has worked abroad as well, undertaking a £2.7m deal to remove asbestos from a cruise liner in Gibraltar.
The judges said Cuddy demonstrated how complex asbestos removal can be, adding that the firm’s international recognition showed it had become “highly rated in its field”.
“All the projects Cuddy presented were exceedingly difficult but were tackled with great skill,” they added.
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