Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jobs Boost on Way as Whelan Plans to Grow

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jobs Boost on Way as Whelan Plans to Grow

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Byline: By Iain Laing

Whelan Construction has plans to double its business within five years, which will mean the creation of more than 40 jobs.

The Newcastle company has kicked off its expansion plan with the investment of more than pounds 2m in training, technology and reorganisation and another pounds 2m in a new larger Gosforth headquarters.

The 30-year-old firm, which currently employs 85 staff, said it is looking to build on its solid reputation for industrial and commercial projects in the North-East.

First established over 30 years ago, Whelan has a strong reputation for its industrial and commercial developments in the local industry, which has helped the firm establish its solid business foundations from which to grow.

It has invested more than pounds 40,000 in development planning, including the introduction of a five-year strategic business plan. And it is already bearing fruit. Whelan has already achieved its strongest growth to date, with record numbers of new development contracts, increasing business by 40% to pounds 21.5m.

Another pounds 40,000 has been invested installing new technology and upgrading systems to streamline operations.

Specialising in warehouse, office accommodation and retail developments, Whelan is one of the few regional suppliers to provide a complete building service ( from conceptual planning to construction.

Bill Swan, managing director, said: "Every aspect of the company has been enhanced and adjusted to ensure we have the best resources in place. We've recently invested over pounds 80,000 in new personnel to strengthen key departments.

"All staff ( HR, procurement, quantity surveying, project management, administration, accounts and management have all undergone new training, and over the last 18 months we've also been working towards the Investors in People award. …

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