This category recognises the best finishing & fit out specialists in the industry, with judges looking for examples of great projects, business acumen, strategy, safety and training.
A strategy of building long-term relationships has paid off for Lucas, with the firm winning projects from Mace, McLaren, Lend Lease, Sir Robert McAlpine and Stanhope last year.
The firm expanded its laboratory services business, opened new offsite manufacturing facilities and stepped up the use of 3D modelling with the appointment of a new in-house building information modelling specialist.
It has also exploited a gap in the market with the development, patenting and manufacture of a new range of specialised tools under the Lucas ProTools brand.
PEC increased turnover by £4m last year, representing a 50 per cent increase in sales. This was largely down to an increase in contract wins for overseas clients.
The company won its first overseas contract at the end of 2011 and has since won international projects throughout Europe and America.
In the UK, completion of a major contract for Morrisons’ specialist baby retailer Kiddicare contributed to further success, supporting that brand’s expansion with a network of concept stores.
Last year the first employees graduated from PiLON’s in-house management academy, a six-month training programme designed to align with Institute of Leadership and Management requirements.
The firm further expanded into the South-west, increasing its turnover there last year by 116 per cent to £3.9m. This growth led to the opening of a new Innovation, Training and Vetting Centre in Plymouth, with the company hosting its first regional open day there in 2013.
July 2013 was Plastic Surgeon’s best trading month to date, contributing to year-on-year growth of 20 per cent since 2012. The company recruited and trained 18 new staff and has plans to recruit a further 25 to support further growth in 2014.
The firm also developed a new anti-slip coating and launched a Save Our Surfaces campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of repair and restoration, rather than replacing damaged items.
Portview had a record year in terms of both growth and revenue in 2013, with its busiest-ever month breaking its previous record by more than 50 per cent.
This continued expansion has allowed the company to look overseas, undertaking projects in France and New York City for the first time.
The average size of projects completed is also on the increase, with new relationships forged with American and Middle Eastern investors. Customer satisfaction levels have also been high.
REDEC Refurbishment is a service provider of conservation, refurbishment, painting, building, maintenance and consultation, acting as either principal contractor, delivery partner or subcontractor.
Operating throughout London and the South-east, the £2.2m-turnover firm has this year worked for clients including the National Trust, the Environment Agency, the Church of England and the Crown Estate. The company focuses on quality, programme delivery and competitive pricing as its three core business principles.
The Deluxe Group
The Deluxe Group expanded into new markets within the UK and in Europe last year, developing relationships with new clients. The company invested in a larger facility adjacent to its current site, allowing it to double its workshop capacity.
It worked on a number of high-profile flagship projects in the retail sector, and launched a team to work in the education, healthcare and laboratories sectors.
The company also won a £2m contract with the Imagineers at Disneyland Paris to provide themed finishes to a new ride and a restaurant.
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