Winner: Dodd Group
Dodd Group is a very solid business with a firm idea of where it’s going.
The company battened down the hatches during the recession and did not take on risk, which helped keep its finances strong. But that is not to say Dodd Group is not growing.
The company achieved a pre-tax profit of £2m in 2014 and is targeting £2.5m this year.
This is an evolving business too and is embracing building information modelling, which the firm is using on the First Street Cultural Facility in Manchester.
Because the company also undertakes facilities management, it uses BIM for more than simply clash avoidance, and the group is working towards LOD500 so its MEP model can be populated with the relevant FM information.
The company recently opened a new office in Cambridge and has picked up work at Addenbrooke’s and the University of Cambridge as a result.
“This business has shown excellent performance in a tough marketplace and the benefit of collaborative working to both themselves and their clients”
One thing it is especially proud of is its partnership as hard FM provider with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council based on an open book relationship.
In its first 18 months, this has moved from a £2m to a £70m relationship. The savings to the council have also been significant, with a 60 per cent cost reduction.
Furthermore, the MBC has been selling the model to other councils, which have made 30 per cent cost reductions even after they have paid Solihull for the service.
Such collaborative approaches to its client relationships have been hugely successful for the company over the past 12 months.
Dodd Group has shown a firm belief that its model developed with Solihull MBC has the potential to improve how public-private partnerships can work to the benefit of all stakeholders.
Judges also noted the firm’s recruitment record, with 48 full-time jobs created over the past year.
These included four apprenticeships within the group as well as additional employment opportunities through the Solihull partnership’s local supply chain.
The judging panel commended this level of commitment as well as Dodd Group’s strong overall performance despite a challenging sector.
Highly Commended: Cuttings
Lightning protection and earthing specialist Cuttings was so highly regarded by the judges that it took long and intense debate for them to come to a decision.
Strong in all areas, they insisted Cuttings be highly commended for a plethora of initiatives, not least its building of an interactive board that shows all the jobs happening onsite, with clients able to look at how projects are progressing.
“It has an outstanding record of achievement for a small business,” the judges said, adding that they were “really impressed with their investment in workforce, culture and training”.
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