It’s only when you get to the end of the year and look back that you realise just how much has been achieved. The year 2017 has been momentous for Bracknell Roofing, and here are just some of the reasons why.
This year, we have opened two new branches. In March, we announced a move to new, larger premises in Leeds as part of plans to secure more projects across Yorkshire. And as the year draws to a close, we’ve been able to sign on the dotted line to open a new branch in Chorley.
This has been a big one because it’s vitally important for us and the industry that we keep nurturing and developing talented people throughout our business. In the last few months alone, Angus Blair-Park joined our Burton-upon-Trent head office as an Apprentice – as did Harvey Jellyman as a Contracts Apprentice. Freddie Wade at our South East branch was promoted to Contracts Manager.
There were also new faces, most notably Howard York, who joined as the Branch Manager for Yorkshire, and Danny Thorne, who became Branch Manager of our Midlands Flat Roofing division.
This year, we have placed even greater emphasis on going ‘above and beyond’, which is exemplified by our commitment to the health, safety and environmental practice and management accreditation NEBOSH. Keith Moore from our new Lancashire branch is the first person from one of our nine regional offices to secure this. Watch this space as we have more in the pipeline, with a view to having one NEBOSH person per branch.
Anyone who knows our Divisional Director Simon Smith will know that he’s not backwards at coming forwards with views on a range of issues that affect our industry. This year, he told RCI Magazine how the roofing industry could learn a lot from the famous hit TV show Auf Wiedersehen (Pet) to solve the current skills shortages. He told Roofing Today why he thought that roofing contractors are the squeezed middle. And he’s even called on Tesla’s billionaire owner Elon Musk to provide much more detail around the company’s new generation of solar roof tiles.
One of the biggest headlines this year was that Bracknell Roofing has secured a £1.9m contract through competitive tender to re-roof some of New Forest District Council’s housing stock. The contract has run in two phases and has seen around 285 of the council’s aging house stock – including detached and semi-detached houses, as well as bungalows – in Hythe and Lymington have completely new roofs.
Whilst projects like these make the headlines, it’s actually the smaller ones that are our bread and butter, and our LinkedIn and Twitter channels have been full of breaking news about these contract wins.
And, finally, we would like to say a big thank you to the whole host of companies who came out to support Bracknell Roofing’s first Charity Golf Day. We raised £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and Simon Smith said: “The feedback from the day was very positive, and we’re already looking to make it an annual event and hopefully raise even more for charity next year.”
With 2018 just around the corner we have already secured projects to help us get the New Year off to a great start!