This category showcases firms making huge strides in performance, market penetration, safety and sustainability.
Known for specialising in the mental health sector and with 80 per cent of turnover accounted for by these types of facility, Britplas began to make inroads into new markets last year.
The firm became involved in the Priority Schools Building Programme and the ProCure21+ government framework for healthcare projects, while it has also been able to expand internationally into Australia, the US, Netherlands and Belgium in its core mental health market.
Now in its sixth consecutive year of growth, JLES continued to expand in 2014, with turnover up 65 per cent on 2013 as of late 2014.
The company launched a new brand identity in December to celebrate 10 years in operation and created new business development, customer service and HR departments.
It added two more apprentices to the business last year and it is now investing in its own apprentice academy to provide multi-disciplined, flexible apprenticeships for housebuilders.
Multitech Site Services
Multitech Site Services was formed in 1998 with a vision of becoming the leading temporary electrical subcontractor in the UK construction industry.
In 2014 Multitech achieved a 28-month rolling AFR of zero and became the first temporary electrics contractor to be accredited under the Achilles Link-up Scheme (later RISQS).
With a turnover of £9.2m, the firm employs 125 staff and manages more than 400 projects at any one time.
N A Curtain Walling
N A Curtain Walling’s turnkey building envelope business boasted turnover growth of 143 per cent last year, with its largest contract value rocketing from £1.1m to £4.9m – both figures being the largest in the firm’s 12-year history.
The company invested £1m in a manufacturing partnership to diversify its business and introduced a policy of investing 3 per cent of every contract into training.
Record turnover of £11m is forecast for next year and 2014 saw the launch of the industry’s first curtain walling apprenticeship, developed in conjunction with CITB and the Apprenticeship Council.
O’Brien Contractors continued to grow in 2014 while investing £2m in plant and equipment, boosting average contract value from £463,000 to £874,000 and increasing turnover to £15m and profit to £1.46m.
A five-year business plan developed in 2009 continues to move forward and is updated bi-annually, with the firm completing its largest ever contract (£11m) last year for Nestle.
This project saw O’Brien deliver £800,000 of savings to the client with an AIR of zero.
Premier Technical Services Group
Established in 2007, PTSG is a leading provider of façade access and fall arrest equipment services, electrical testing, high-level cleaning and specialist electrical and mechanical services.
The firm turned over £14m in 2013 and is targeting £100m by 2017, which it is on course to achieve, while also increasing its headcount to 200 people and introducing a £1m training programme.
All this was achieved despite part of the company’s head office collapsing, causing all resources to be moved to a temporary building nearby – with excellent service still delivered throughout.
Thompsons of Prudhoe
Thompsons of Prudhoe worked on 160 projects last year, ranging from a £898 sports pavilion project to a £1.9m high-rise council estate project.
The firm spent £1.8m on specialist plant and equipment – 8 per cent of its turnover – and achieved a 97 per cent recycling rate across all projects.
A highlight was the winning of a tender at a former Yorkshire Water wastewater treatment plant – a unique project to demolish, recycle and sell all the site’s concrete structures and filter beds as high-quality aggregate.