Painting firm Seddon Painting Ltd provides gloss to trade figures
A PAINTING contractor with premises in Huddersfield has bucked the gloomy trend in the building sector to double turnover and recruit 400 more employees.
Seddon Painting Ltd, which has a site at Almondbury Bank, has increased turnover from £25m to £53m from 2004 and increased employee numbers ffrom 600 to 1,000.
Now the company has been rebranded as Seddon Property Services to reflect its long-standing success and significant advances into the property maintenance sector.
Joint managing director Neil Hand said: "This is more than a name change, but reflects the natural development of the business.
In recent years, we have seen the property maintenance aspect of the business grow, supported by a number of refurbishment contracts with leading housing associations across the UK – and a nationwide contract with Whitbread to maintain their Premier Inns.
"The new name of Seddon Property Services better reflects the mix of the business, which will see the maintenance and refurbishment element represent 45% of our turnover in 2010."
Seddon Property Services has also invested heavily in staff development to ensure consistent delivery of quality work and customer satisfaction.
Seddon, which is based at Stoke-on-Trent, is investing £1m a year to deliver a fully-qualified workforce for the future. NVQ training has also been expanded to cover not only painting and decorating, but customer care and maintenance operations.
Said Mr Hand: "All workers from apprentices to painters with 20 to 30 years in the trade are encouraged to continually improve their performance – and our purpose-built training centre in Stoke-on-Trent is recognised as one of the best in the industry.
"Considerable focus has also been placed on information technology – with the aim of delivering outstanding customer service levels."
The company was recognised for its efforts last October when it would the Investors in Excellence standard.
Investors in Excellence is the UK’s recognised standard for organisations who are able to demonstrate high standards across areas such as leadership, policy and strategy, customer and staff relations and training.
Seddon Property Services is part of Seddon Group Ltd, one of Britain’s major privately owned construction companies, with an annual turnover in excess of £250m, which employs 1,750 people.