Exceptional growth, outstanding standards and game-changing performance are all in evidence across these nine finalists.
Britplas Specialist up to 25 Specialists 2016
Last year was Britplas’ 10th of operations, completing projects on three continents. It also saw turnover rise to more than £14m in 2015, an increase of over 20 per cent year on year.
Employee numbers rose from 63 to 74, too, with the company securing a place on the prestigious NHS ProCure 21+ framework as a standard component supplier. The firm delivered over 2,500 hours of training in 2015 for the first time, completing a two-year programme for factory staff that ensures all fabricators can work on any production line, rather than specialising on one particular product.
Cranbrook Specialist up to 25 Specialists 2016
Cranbrook Basements provides a one-stop-shop approach to designing and constructing residential subterranean structures, focusing mainly on Kensington and Chelsea.
The business has grown turnover from £3.8m to £11.4m in the last five years, investing in recruiting and training a skilled workforce and building a plant and equipment base. Directors are always personally available to clients, who often live abroad in different time zones, and help is given to source materials and furniture from overseas when required.
Deconstruct_Specialist up to 25_Specialists 2016
Deconstruct saw turnover rise by over 50 per cent last year, from £15.8m in 2014 to £25m in 2015.
With 497,000 site hours worked and zero RIDDORs, the firm is trusted to safely demolish or deconstruct buildings on complex inner-city sites, with minimal disruption and the highest standards of safety.
It received a RoSPA Gold Award for successfully gaining five consecutive annual Gold Safety Awards.
Dragon Infrastructure Solutions Specialist up to 25 Specialists 2016
Dragon Infrastructure Solutions
DragonIS connects construction projects to the national grid and saw significant growth last year, increasing its workforce and acquiring new office space as well as expanding its capabilities with the launch of Dragon Electrical.
An outstanding project saw it provide infrastructure connectivity to Greenwich, through three separate projects for three different contractors.
The firm installed over 35 km of cable and 10 substations, as well as laying cable through Greenwich Royal Park and under a railway bridge, among other challenging locations.
Fire Design Specialist up to 25 Specialists 2016
Fire Design Solutions
Fire Design Solutions’ turnover was set to rise by almost 18 per cent year on year, exceeding £8.5m for the first time.
Its latest financial year has seen 70 new project orders with 20 new clients brought on board, with profits also expected to rise as a result.
As well as acting as a contractor, the firm’s fire engineering consultancy allows it to provide detailed design and value engineering to clients when looking at fire safety and prevention.
JLES Specialist up to 25 Specialists 2016
In 2015 JLES Group invested in providing full design services to housebuilders and is already working for a number of major clients in this area.
Last year saw the firm complete a major milestone project, installing a new footbridge over the Grand Union Canal, which involved extensive liaison with numerous stakeholders and complex legal issues.
An exemplary health and safety record combined with strong client relationships saw JLES continue to go from strength to strength in 2015.
Littlewood Specialist up to 25 Specialists 2016
Littlewood Fencing achieved turnover growth of around £2m during 2015 while maintaining profit.
The firm invests £125,000 annually in staff training and development, with a focus on safety seeing lost-time accidents fall by 70 per cent while increasing near-miss reporting significantly.
A standout project in 2015 was the fencing package at Bradwell Nuclear Plant, a high-security project with a number of challenges that was delivered to a high standard with no accidents reported.
PTSG Specialist up to 25 Specialists 2016
Premier Technical Services Group (PTSG)
PTSG completed its admission to the London Stock Exchange in 2015, fulfilling a milestone set out in its business plan of 2007 – the firm is currently valued at more than £45m.
Its first results since flotation saw revenue rise to £18m from £13.9m at the end of 2013.
In 2015 the firm began fixed wire testing at the world’s largest single-floor critical care unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and other major clients include the US Air Force, Marks & Spencer, Royal Bank of Scotland, Network Rail, Manchester United FC, and Harrods.
Speedclad Specialist up to 25 Specialists 2016
Established during the recession, Speedclad has achieved continual growth. Last year it exceeded targets for growing turnover in cladding and curtain walling, and completed its largest ever contract.
It continues to add new clients and employ new staff, and is establishing a research and development facility to foster innovation. Speedclad also launched a new business management system, extended staff training and improved sustainability through a number of initiatives.