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Construction News Awards Tomorrow’s Company

Winner: Sustainable Building Services (UK)

A steady and substantial growth in turnover, from £3m in 2011 to £11.3m in 2012, demonstrates that Sustainable Building Services is a company with real momentum and one to be watched.

The diversification strategy which began in 2010 is reaping rewards and further expansion plans are likely to secure this company’s future success.

A recent demand for external wall insulation contracts which vary in value from £1m to £5m has influenced much of the company’s growth, resulting in it taking on more than 30 permanent members of staff in 2012 alone. Roles include senior managerial positions as well as paid apprentices.

This prompted the business, formerly known as St Anne’s Contractors, to refocus on the EWI sector and in sustainable construction, as well renaming itself Sustainable Building Services.

Its strategy for expansion is to return to more traditional building operations such as refurbishment, maintenance and painting/decorating, while maintaining its presence in specialist sustainable building.

Sustainable Building Services’ accelerated growth has been complemented by a minimum 95 per cent score in customer satisfaction surveys and it regularly wins repeat work from clients.

The company also has an excellent health and safety record.

“Spectacular growth in new markets, innovative solutions and engagement with corporate responsibility, make this company truly outstanding”

Judges’ comment

Recent projects include delivering a £5.1m Community Energy Savings Programme-funded contract for Knowsley Council and Wetherby Building Systems where EWI had to be installed on at least 30 properties a week.

Operating as main contractor, Sustainable Building Services put in place a very experienced team, but conscious of its obligation to create local employment opportunities, also employed local assistant site managers, foremen, operatives and resident liaison officers.

Local subcontractors were also engaged through ‘meet the buyer’ events. These various community measures created a sense of trust between the contractors and the community, generating much enthusiasm for the scheme.

Although the initial works package was for 200 properties, 800 were treated by the end of 2012 and further work is in the pipeline.

Sustainable Building Services’ internal apprenticeship scheme has been running for more than 20 years and is open to clients’ own residents.

By sourcing suppliers and subcontractors locally, the company forms much stronger relationships with the communities it works in that is particularly important to areas of low employment.

Finalists

Alumet System (UK)

FK Group

MAC Roofing & Contracting

NA Curtain Walling

SH Structures

S Lucas

Van Elle

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