Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Construction Group Builds on Profits by Togetherness

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Construction Group Builds on Profits by Togetherness

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Byline: By Rebekah Ashby

It's a year since the Esh Group came together under one roof. Rebekah Ashby takes a look at its progress.

Less than 12 months since the nine companies comprising the Esh Group came together in purpose built headquarters at Bowburn, the group is already reaping the benefits of its innovative approach to the construction industry.

Turnover has grown some 51pc on 2002 and now stands at pounds 73m, with profits showing a similar increase at pounds 6.8m. Conservative projections, based on current performance and average market conditions, forecast that turnover

will increase by around 100pc in the next four years to pounds 136m in 2008.

The group, in essence, consists of several construction-related companies who share certain central resources and can not only offer their own individual skills, but also pool their collective services to offer to clients.

As such, the companies maintain their own identity and work independently within their own sector, but can also combine on projects to offer a total solution for construction and add best value to clients.

The Esh Group was formed in June 1999 to combine the separate companies of Lumsden & Carroll (1971), Deerness Fencing (1985), Dunelm Castle Homes (1995), Sones Landscapes (1972), Bartram Electrical Contractors (1972) and Robson Walker (1972).

Since then an additional new company, Dunelm Property Services, specialising in the social housing sector, was set up in 2002, and Mechplant, a plant hire company was also acquired in 2002.

Bardon Esh, a joint venture between The Esh Group and Aggregate Industries, was formed in the latter part of 2003 following acquisition of J Tonks by the Group.

Phil Young, technical director, said: "2003 has been, without doubt, our most important and successful year to date in which we've broken the mould and redefined what being a construction company is all about - to use a football analogy, we were always seen as a solid player in Division One but have now broken into the Premier League. …

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