Hartlepool-based construction firm Gus Robinson Developments is celebrating its 40th birthday with some early contract wins for 2016.
Deals worth more than £13m have already been secured for 2016/17, and managing director Steve Bell (pictured above) says the firm is well positioned going into the final quarter of this current financial year.
Now into its fifth decade, Gus Robinson Developments has been boosted by a streamlining of the business which has seen a strong focus on housebuilding over the last two years.
Mr Bell added: “We have concentrated a great deal on housebuilding, and that is the key reason behind the positivity in the most recent set of results.
“We are currently working on the new Centre for Independent Living in partnership with Hartlepool Council, as well as major refurbishment work within Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and a number of good quality housing projects across the North East.
“They underline our capabilities working with local authorities and other public sector clients, as we strive to expand our order book by developing new relationships with both public and private partners.
“The backbone of our strong contracts in housebuilding has enabled us to broaden our horizons and be more profitable, and by shifting the focus we have strengthened the business across the board. The aim is to capitalise on our broad experience within all sectors.”
Ongoing projects currently being worked on throughout the region by Gus Robinson Developments with Prince Bishop Homes, ISOS Housing Development, North Star Housing and Thirteen Group have seen continued growth over the last two years and leave the business well positioned going into the next financial year.
Bell continued: “We have guaranteed contracts in the order book which suggest that by the end of March 2017 we could be approaching a turnover in excess of £20m.
“The latest figures are slightly up on what we anticipated, everything is extremely positive and the mood is buoyant.”
The success of the business over the last calendar year was reflected in the fact it was shortlisted for the fourth consecutive year by ‘Construction Excellence in the North East’ in their SME of the Year category, and reaccredited with a Big Tick in the ‘Business In The Community’ Responsible Business Awards.
It also won the national Business in the Community Award 2015 at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards held in London; additionally chairman Daniel Robinson was named the Institute of Directors’ UK SME Director of the Year.