The seven finalists all demonstrate a clear vision for the future alongside outstanding projects and a strong staff culture. The judges were also looking for performance on sustainability, client satisfaction, business growth and innovation.
In 2013, BriggsAmasco worked with the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association to offer a unique apprentice scheme that trains, educates and develops the UK’s next generation of liquid-applied roofing contractors.
Based at its own training centre, the two-year programme combines classroom and workshop sessions with onsite instruction to help candidates obtain an NVQ Level 2 qualification.
The firm is also developing a course to develop and certify operatives to a new CPCS standard for its mastic asphalt-laying machine – a UK first.
Kingsley Specialist Roofing
Kingsley Specialist Roofing last year completed a contract to supply, design and install the roofing and cladding to the new £17m Splashpoint Leisure Centre development in Worthing.
This highly complex project began in September 2011 and was completed in April 2013, with a £1m copper roof specifically designed for damp and humid atmospheres.
The company was able to use this success to expand its client base in the area, resulting in the recruitment of new employees and 10 apprentices.
Liquid Roofing increased its turnover from £2m in 2012 to £2.5m in 2013, while margins also went up. Profits were reinvested into the business with a particular focus on training.
During 2013, all of the company’s foremen underwent the CITB’s Site Manager Safety Training Course, with an existing employee from every department receiving a promotion into management.
In addition, the firm completed its largest project to date: a £600,000 contract for an American pharmaceutical company.
Mitie Tilley Roofing
Back in 2010, Mitie Tilley Roofing’s southern office decided to look at sectors away from its traditional core of industrial and commercial work where there was potential for growth.
It settled on the aviation industry, with a particular focus on Gatwick and Heathrow airports. It recruited additional office and site-based teams, culminating in Mitie being awarded the roof refurbishment project at Heathrow Terminal 3. The investment has resulted in £4.9m of secured revenue
M R Site Services
M R Site Services successfully maintained profit margins in its traditional business of aluminium roof welding, but it has also expanded into other associated areas to increase sales.
The company invested in building information modelling in 2013 and took on a number of apprentices and new employees.
The project to provide specialist roofing services for the £550m renovation of Blackfriars Station, London, where the world’s largest solar bridge has been built, was a particular highlight.
RoofSpace developed the i-Roof last year – an offsite-manufactured, timber-engineered panelised roof and wall system. The i-Roof covers the roof space of dwellings to provide habitable and cost-efficient living spaces inside the existing area of a home.
The product has reduced site build programmes, saving four to five weeks on average, and reduces waste and site complexity. A just-in-time delivery method is used, with the product arriving on the day of installation.
The Roofline Group
In the last financial year, Roofline has launched a training academy, won an environmental award, achieved a top tier level 5 accreditation within the Achilles Building Confidence scheme and introduced a new client health and safety intiative, Ronnie the Roofer.
Both internal and external training are heavily encouraged, with more than 50 employees gaining NVQ qualifications while working for Roofline.