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Roofing Specialist of the Year: Finalists

Our six finalists for the Roofing Specialist award have demonstrated impressive growth while playing active roles in improving the wider industry.

Specialists 2017 Roofing Avonside Group Services

Specialists 2017 Roofing Avonside Group Services

Avonside Group Services

With over 200 directly employed staff and more than 1,000 subcontractors, Avonside Group Services is one of the UK’s largest roofing contractors. Spread nationally across five specialist divisions, with 29 active branches, the firm works in residential roofing, commercial and industrial roofing, home improvements, energy and renewables.

In 2016 it recruited a total of 36 apprentices and has been an active supporter of Leeds College of Building and their students, as well as numerous other skills initiatives.

Specialists 2017 Roofing CA Roofing

Specialists 2017 Roofing CA Roofing

CA Roofing Services

Last year was a strong one of growth for CA Roofing Services, working with clients including Amazon, the London Taxi Company, B&Q, BMW and Sainsbury’s.

It introduced a business ambassador scheme, which empowered current apprentices to experience the variety of roles and opportunities within the business, supported by a new training and recruitment officer. It has also rolled out a development programme delivered by internal and external providers to employees at all levels of the business, from new members of staff through to company directors.

Specialists 2017 Roofing Longworth Building Services

Specialists 2017 Roofing Longworth Building Services

Longworth Building Services

Longworth’s aim in 2016 was to build on its strategy of specialising in traditional metal and cladding while growing as a full building envelope contractor.

It pursued a strategy of working on a smaller number of larger and more prestigious projects, successfully lowering the number of jobs while increasing turnover – average project size rose from £288,000 to £350,000.

It also targeted more local work, and brought in 12 new starters in 2016 to support this growth.

Specialists 2017 Roofing Mac Roofing

Specialists 2017 Roofing Mac Roofing

Mac Roofing & Contracting

While 2015 was a good year for Mac Roofing and Contracting, 2016 was even better.

The business saw continued growth, with turnover rising by 20 per cent to approximately £24m, and it was listed in the CN Specialists Index top 10 roofing contractors for the first time.

A key business objective was to increase its presence in the South of England, which it achieved, winning significant projects such as Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire, the R7 development at King’s Cross, and schools in Dulwich, Islington, Watford and Cheshunt.

Specialists 2017 Roofing SPV

Specialists 2017 Roofing SPV

SPV Group

SPV Group increased its turnover from £8m to £10m last year, increasing repeat business and growing its client base.

Its liquid roofing division also grew significantly in 2016, employing more than 12 new team members to support this.

SPV plays an active role in a number of industry schemes and associations, with managing director Howard Evans appointed as the Midlands regional chair of the Institute of Roofing and financial director Kate Whatley named vice-chair of the Women in Roofing group.

Specialists 2017 Roofing Uni Safe Access

Specialists 2017 Roofing Uni Safe Access

Uni-Safe Access

Launched in 2011, Uni-Safe Access has hit turnover of £1.7m by specialising in the installation, maintenance and testing of permanent access equipment to the rooftops of commercial buildings.

Despite being relatively small in size, the firm pursues best practice in all areas of its business, ranging from training and safety to quality, sustainability and charity work.

It has secured contracts with the likes of Ede Wilkinson, Propertyserve UK, Osborne, Centre Parcs and DTZ to work on projects ranging from office blocks to leisure parks and shopping centres – and has so far achieved 100 per cent customer retention.

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