This category recognises the best building services specialist in the industry. Judges were looking for evidence of a good workforce culture, outstanding projects, clear strategy, health and safety, client satisfaction, business growth and innovation.
A1 Flue Systems
A1 Flue Systems has installed flue systems in some of the UK’s most high-profile projects, including London’s Leadenhall Building (the Cheesegrater).
This family-run business was restructured in late 2012 to allow the founder’s daughter to take the helm; she has driven forward new initatives including the reinvestment of profits on expanding the company’s workshop, setting up an export arm and launching a new subsidiary specialising in maintenance of chimneys and flues.
Originally starting life as a manufacturer, ACE Lifts has continually increased its service offering every year. The company has grown steadily at around 20 per cent per annum, with a five-year plan in place to more than double current turnover by 2016.
It launched a new product last year, the i-COM, a remote lift monitoring product that allows customers and maintenance providers to monitor their lifts from their own laptops or smartphones.
Dodd Group’s partnership with Solihull MBC in 2013 was a strong example of how the company is having success through close collaborative working. The turnover on the framework increased and average job costs have been lowered by 64 per cent electrically and 49 per cent mechanically in the last five years.
Dodd also took on new premises to accommodate growth in Stockport and Southampton, with the new Stockport office securing more than £5m-worth of contracts in its first year.
National plant hire firm Hewden launched its Core Fleet Guarantee in 2013 on its 30 most popular hire products, including MEWPs. This guarantees next-day delivery or the customer received a £100 credit note.
The firm achieved an on-time delivery success rate of 98.78 per cent on more than 20,000 orders. In October last year, it announced an investment of £61m in fleet and infrastructure, along with the opening of two new hub depots.
Lift & Engineering Services
This independently owned lift manufacturer and installer saw sales rise 24 per cent last year with gross profits up by 25 per cent.
The firm secured more than 70 per cent of its work through repeat business – in particular, a contract with Wolverhampton Homes has been retained for four five-year terms in competitive tender. LES continues to invest heavily in training as well as refurbishing its offices, factories and fleet to meet higher sustainability standards.
NG Bailey provided all the M&E work for Arla’s new £150m dairy, set to be the biggest in Europe, and also completed high-profile projects at Birmingham New Street station and Manchester Town Hall and Central Library.
The firm concentrated on moving into emerging sectors away from its traditional operating areas, particularly focusing on growing its rail division, which it achieved by winning numerous contracts at stations across the UK and being named Network Rail’s Supplier of the Year.
Triangle Fire Systems
This family-run business saw significant growth in 2013 and worked on a number of high-rise projects in London, including Barratt Homes’ Queensland development and Lambeth Water Tower, which was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
The firm worked closely with the water supplier on a Derby Homes development and was able to negotiate a change in its sprinkler policy, saving the client more than £100,000 and lowering the cost of sprinkler systems for both developers and individuals.