Builder lines up £5m worth of business

Ross Dickens and the team at Clement Dickens and Son.
Ross Dickens and the team at Clement Dickens and Son.
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A Fylde builder is on track for its best year yet with orders in excess of £5m.

Clement Dickens and Son, the Thornton family firm posted turnover of £2.7m at the end of its financial year in May and could almost double turnover in 2013/14 with projects in the pipeline which means it is taking on staff.

It offers construction services ranging from planning and design, through to construction delivery for both private sector clients and local authority customers

Bosses put the good start to the financial year down to taking on projects outside the county, a long awaited upturn in construction activity in the region and an increased percentage of successful tenders.

Recent contract wins include the £2m Norcross Vets animal centre contract, the £2m Acresfield Country Club and refurbishments at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

Ross Dickens, managing director of the firm, which employs 50 and is based at the Redmarsh Industrial Estate, said: “The outlook for the coming year is very positive.

“We were hampered last year by the delayed start to some projects which have since come on line and this has added to our 2013 pipeline. But that alone does not explain the fact that we are set to be very busy in the next 18 months.

“As a growing firm we are also able to take on larger scale projects than in the past.”

Two recent appointments have seen Simon Cox start as company accountant – following the retirement of Terry Walsh after 27 years – and Adam Hudson as trainee quantity surveyor. CDS is also now recruiting three new apprentices, a new site manager and a new site foreman.

Ross added: “I’m pleased to welcome some new faces to the team and we are I the process of recruiting more. We’re also taking on three apprentices as part of our commitment to helping the next generation of Fylde coast youngsters get into the industry.”