The companies nominated for Specialist Contractor of the Year have all performed admirably in their chosen sectors, finding ways to keep growing despite challenging trading conditions.
A range of different sectors are represented, from demolition and plumbing to ground engineering and roofing.
Judges were looking for evidence of business success and development during the past 12 months, and wanted to see that a company is not simply good but is outperforming its peers.
Outstanding projects and an ongoing, clear strategy and vision were also noted by the judges, along with performance on sustainability, commitment to health and safety and a good workforce culture.
As one of the UK’s leading demolition contractors, Cantillon has achieved more than 1.3m hours worked without a RIDDOR reportable accident, and has 100 per cent staff retention over the past 12 months. Sustainability is also a priority, with a minimum of 95 per cent of materials reduced, recycled, reused and resold on every site.
This company expanded its markets and business opportunities within the UK and Europe last year by investing in new technology, products and divisions, as well as by implementing training initiatives. The benefits of six years of research and development investment bore fruit, with turnover and profit both increasing as the company set new industry standards in wireless load monitoring systems.
Multitech Site Services
Multitech provides temporary electrics and plumbing to some of the biggest names in the industry and has maintained a reputation for excellence. The firm invested heavily in 2011/12 in staff training, opening a new Midlands branch, as well as in IT infrastructure and strategy. Profits have increased, client satisfaction has remained high and the firm has an exemplary health and safety record.
NG Bailey has targeted diversification as a way to combat current market conditions. The company returned a significant profit last year, won a number of large jobs and completed several high-profile projects. One example was replacing the engine room of Birmingham New Street station, which required the construction of the biggest offsite-manufactured service solution in history.
The Roofline Group
Sales increased by 38.6 per cent last year compared with the previous financial year, while Roofline also became a Carbon Zero company. A new training academy was launched, as well as a client health and safety initiative entitled Ronnie the Roofer. The firm has become one of the top three largest independent flat roofing contractors in the UK.
This multi-functional contractor undertakes waterproofing, strengthening and repairs to concrete, steel and brickwork structures. Turnover, profits and number of staff all increased in 2012, while health and safety results and client satisfaction rates were both high. A number of challenging projects were delivered successfully, including upgrades to the Holt Fleet Bridge over the River Severn.
Turnover increased by nearly 12 per cent and operating profit was up 46 per cent for this ground engineering specialist. The company has invested in improving its in-house design capability and has managed to gain a foothold in the rail sector. Health and safety has also been excellent, with hazard reporting at record highs.