Service business smashes targets

Ameon commercial director, Mark Court, left, and managing director, Robin Lawson believe the signs for future growth are strong.

Ameon commercial director, Mark Court, left, and managing director, Robin Lawson believe the signs for future growth are strong.

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BUILDING services firm Ameon looks set to smash its £27m turnover target this year.

The Whitehills-based firm will likely exceed that target by £3m, despite tough trading conditions in the UK construction sector.

The company’s original forecast was already an increase over the previous year’s turnover but the £30m barrier was a test it had set itself for next year.

Delighted managing director Robin Lawson (right) said the figures were gratifying, given the effects the recession has had on the construction sector.

He added: “Margins in the building sector have been squeezed as a result of the economic downturn, but we’ve managed to increase the volume of work undertaken to compensate.

“Some companies are unable to do this, but we have an effective commercial department, which has been very successful in securing new contracts, and we also enjoy excellent levels of repeat business; therefore we manage to flourish despite the adverse economic climate.”

The firm employs around 200 staff and uses significant amounts of local contract labour on major projects.

While no permanent jobs are likely to be created in 2012, further contract staff will be used and there will be investment in the training of existing staff and the firm’s apprenticeship scheme.

Mr Lawson added: “We don’t take anything for granted and we’ll continue our investment in training and also in our apprenticeships scheme to ensure our workforce maintains the high service standards our clients demand.”

New business gains have come from Ameon’s expertise in renewable energy systems, with contracts to fit solar PV panels at Liverpool University and on 121 houses in east Lancashire.

The latter, a £1m contract the company won and completed in three weeks, helped Greenvale Housing Association, beat its deadline for the reduction of feed-in tariffs.