There are a number of new faces at North East based All Saints Construction as the business enjoys rapid expansion.
Established in 2015, the operation exceeded turnover expectations by more than 14% in its first full financial year – reaching £8 million – and this year is already more than a third of the way towards its £12.5 million forecast.
Created mainly to deliver building services to its sister company – All Saints Living – the firm is enjoying increasing success in public and private sector tendering, with projects such as the refurbishment and extension of Larbert House, near Stirling, the conversion of Brae Burn House in Hexham and the development of news homes at Aidan Gardens, near Durham.
And as a result, it has appointed a number of new people to assist with the growth. They include Business Development Manager, Dawn Osborne; Commercial Manager, Andrew Clennell and Estimator, Tom Deane.
Dawn, from North Shields, has worked in construction for 20 years and has a BA Honours Degree, Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) – all in business management – and became one first female business development managers in the region.
She says she is looking forward to helping All Saints Construction become a “real contender” in the tendering environment. “I will get real buzz helping the business to grow into one of the leading contractors within the North East,” she says: “I will be using the latest marketing techniques to develop real sales leads and build a client base built on trust, quality and honesty.”
Andrew, from Boldon Colliery, has 17 years of industry experience and is relishing the prospect of joining a recently formed business to really influence its development: “I will be implementing policies and procedures which will give the company confidence that the procurement, tendering, delivery and reporting of all the developments is being maintained to a high standard,” he said.
Tom, from Hartlepool, has worked in construction for more than 30 years, initially on site. However, he returned to college in 1996, gaining an HNC in building studies, a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) in construction and the Chartered Institute of Building’s Experienced Practitioner Assessment course. This lead, through a professional interview, to membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB). As a result he was elevated to an estimator’s role and as he confesses: “A move into the office, which is much warmer in the winter.
“I am looking forward to working with the team to deliver accurate costing systems which will enable the business to maximise profit from fair and competitive tendering to prospective clients.”
All Saints Construction is part of the High Street Group of companies. With its headquarters in Cuthbert House, Newcastle, the group was established by successful entrepreneur Gary Forrest in 2004. It has grown to become a leading financial and property group, employing over 100 people in activities including large scale property development, developer finance and financial claims.