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Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover over £25m): Winner

Winner: FK Group

Family-owned FK Group impressed the judges with its clear growth strategy and exemplary business culture.

The building envelope specialist is celebrating 35 years in the industry this year, but managing director Francis Keenan’s eyes are on the future, with a mission to become the first-choice provider of envelope solutions.

FK Group’s turnover in 2014 grew 33 per cent to £40.2m, up from £30.1m in 2013. Underpinning growth is a diversification strategy and a collaborative approach to customer relations.

In late 2013, it responded to its customers’ needs with the introduction of a specialist façades glazing division, which has already won projects including the glazed façade of Stoke-on-Trent’s new city council headquarters at Smithfield.

Adding new specialist services also means FK Group is diversifying into delivering more technically challenging and bespoke projects, including a cladding system for the £200m Manchester City Football Academy.

The judges praised FK Group’s commitment to early engagement with its customers, including Bam and Laing O’Rourke, at the pre-tender stage.

“The culture of the business is exceptional and its restless attention to behavioural safety is delivering ever-improving safety performance”

Judges’ comment

It invests in working with customers to offer design advice and an estimating service, even when there is no guarantee of the firm winning work.

The judges were also impressed by the company’s commitment to its employees.

FK Group chose to invest in them during the downturn to gear the firm up for growth.

The family company ethos is one that Mr Keenan is striving to protect and maintain as the business grows.

In 2014, FK Group opened a new office in Doncaster, adding to its office in Romford and a new headquarters in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Regular visits from directors, company breakfasts and training are strengthening the company culture as new employees join the business.

It also demonstrates a relentless approach to improving behavioural health and safety and runs continuing professional development sessions every week, where the whole team is invited to attend an hour’s showcase on technical and environmental areas of the business.

The judges were convinced Mr Keenan’s passion, enthusiasm and drive would see the business set up by his father continue to develop successfully.

Finalists:

Aspin Foundations

Caledonian Modular

Concrete Repairs

FM Conway

Keltbray

NG Bailey

William Anelay

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