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Kingston Joinery shortlisted in ‘Business of the Year’ category at prestigious awards event

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Kingston Joinery has been recognised for its continued success as it has been named as a shortlisted finalist in the prestigious Hull Daily Mail and Hull Live Business Awards 2020.

Now in their 21st year, the awards have become the showcase event for highlighting the very best performing businesses Hull and East Yorkshire has to offer.

Kingston Joinery has been shortlisted in the Small Business of the Year category, which this year includes companies with fewer than 25 direct employees.

Judges sought out businesses with strong managerial and financial performance, evidence of success against targets, and potential for growth.

Companies also had to be able to demonstrate long-term plans and company strategy, give evidence of product and service development, and show a commitment to staff training.

As Kingston Joinery has secured contracts on many multi-million-pound developments, employment is often provided for as many as 120 people at one time through the business.

And Managing Director Craig O’Leary says that is testament to the work of his team experienced project leaders, surveyors, designers, estimators and business development managers who have established a reputation as one of the UK’s leading commercial joinery providers.

He said: “We’re delighted with this shortlisting for these awards as it recognises that although we have a relatively compact senior management team, they are highly-experienced people who have not only helped us secure some really significant contracts, but also created employment for many more people too.

“Also, crucially, we have established a reputation for delivering on these projects, which has resulted in repeated work with leading UK contractors.

“Since the business was launched in 2007 we have maintained a focus on building and growing a company strong enough to emerge through any challenging economic times, and of course we have all experienced that this year.

“Through strategic year-on-year growth we ensured stability and secured a constant flow of six and seven-figure value contracts across the UK, working on multi-million-pound commercial developments in the hotel, education, health and accommodation sectors.

“Having established strong relationships with some of the UK and Europe’s leading suppliers, we have been able to emerge in good health through Covid-19 and all the related restrictions.”

Work completed on multi-million-pound construction projects –

Work highlights over the past 12 months have included securing a £2.45million contract on the £100million ‘The Timber Yard’ residential development in Birmingham, working for Galliard Homes to install timber/ aluminum composite windows and doors, aluminum curtain walling, bi-folding windows and complete other associated works.

A £1.8million project with Interserve Construction at a new £200million Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre facility at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough was also completed, as was a £1.4million contract to install 1,000 windows on the iconic £400million Islington Square development in London, working for Galliard Construction.

The firm’s reputation for excellence, reliability and exceptional health and safety site performance also saw it called upon this year during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak to work on converting the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham into one of the country’s ‘Nightingale’ hospitals.

More recently, two new apprentices were taken on, giving them the opportunity to go straight into the industry having taken their GCSEs. They are now learning on the job by spending four days a week at the business alongside studying at college for their NVQs in carpentry.

Turnover at the end of 2020 is likely to be close to £9million, and whilst that is not the £10million targeted following a successful 2019, the company is well placed to build again over the coming 12 months.

A total of 15 awards will be handed out at the awards event, which due to the ongoing restrictions caused by Covid-19 and the continuing uncertainty around large scale events, has been delayed until March 2021, and is planned for Hull’s Doubletree by Hilton hotel.

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