Seddon Beats Recession With Record Growth

Strengthening its position in the property maintenance sector has seen a national painting contractor buck the current economic trend with figures revealing year-on-year growth of 100 per cent over the last five years.

Online PR News – 14-January-2010 – – Since 2004, Seddon Painting Limited’s turnover has shot up from £25 million to £53 million – and the number of employees grown from 600 to 1000.

Now, to reflect the long-standing success of the business - and significant advances into the property maintenance sector - the company has rebranded to Seddon Property Services for 2010.

Neil Hand, joint Managing Director of Seddon Property Services, said: “This is more than a name change but reflects the natural development of the business.

“We have seen 100 per cent growth over the last five years, from a turnover of £25 million in 2004 to a £53 million projection for 2010.

“In recent years we have seen the property maintenance aspect of the business grow, supported by a number of refurbishment contacts with leading housing associations across the UK - and a nationwide contract with Whitbread to maintain their Premier Inns.

“As a result, the new name Seddon Property Services better reflects the mix of the business, which will see the maintenance and refurbishment element represent 45 per cent of our turnover in 2010.”

The geographical coverage of Seddon Property Services has also grown, with eight new regional offices opened - including two by acquisitions of Cundy Anglia and Dennis Kehoe to give a foothold in East Anglia and Lancashire.

There are now 27 offices across England, Scotland and Wales, supported by the company’s head office in Stoke-on-Trent. Further expansion is planned for 2010 with the opening of offices in Scotland, Manchester and the South West.

In line with the strategy for the sustained, secure and successful growth of the business, the management team at Seddon Property Services has invested heavily in staff development – to ensure consistent delivery of quality work and customer satisfaction.

An industry-leading £1 million investment is made annually 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.

Mark Brindley,also joint Managing Director of the company, said: “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, through a tailored, real time service that works to meet the exact needs of clients.”

In October 2009, the development of innovative project management and strategies - coupled with support to the communities in which Seddon Property Services operates - saw the company among the first in its field to be awarded the prestigious 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.

ENDS

Seddon Property Services has its headquarters in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent and regional offices across Britain. It is part of Seddon Group Limited, one of Britain’s major privately owned construction companies, with an annual turnover in excess of £250 million, which employs 1,750 people.

Seddon Group is a corporate partner of The Christie, one of Europe's leading cancer centres.

Press release issued by Seddon Property Service’s PR consultancy Shepherd PR. Contact Jane Shepherd or Jo Foster 01538 308685/308099 jane@shepherd-pr.com jo@shepherd-pr.com

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Seddon Group Ltd
P.O. Box 13
55 Duke Street
Fenton
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 3NN

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Jane Shepherd
Seddon Group Ltd P.O. Box 13 55 Duke Street
Fenton Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3NN

01538 308685