Boutique project management company Concept has unveiled ambitious plans to expand over the next five years.
The announcement, which comes amid news of job losses and falling profits for many firms in the property and construction industry, aims to double its turnover by 2013 and increase its staff to tackle its expanding portfolio of work.
The plans, announced this week, follow the arrival of new MD Jon Digweed, who has a solid background in helping small companies achieve impressive growth and results.
A new office in Leeds – to add to those in Nottingham, Birmingham and Milton Keynes – will help meet the company’s expansion plans, with a fifth office on the cards for the future.
The company, which specialises exclusively in project management without supermarket style add on services, aims to achieve a large part of its growth through its expanding appointments in the public sector.
It was recently appointed to the project management framework for the Learning and Skills Council to work with FE colleges in northern England.
Concept beat off competition for the coveted role from some of the UK’s biggest names – and was selected partly on the strength of its bespoke approach and the gravitas of its staff.
The new appointment is expected to generate further appointments within other sectors of the education industry – namely HE and the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme.
A clutch of major new contracts for the firm including projects with a total value in the region of £70 million for two Midlands FE Colleges and three contracts with Primary Care and NHS Trusts, underline Concept’s growing reputation within the education and health sectors.
Recent high profile contracts include a £20 million building to house the faculty of business and law at Leicester’s de Montfort University and the £38 million relocation of South Leicestershire College in Wigston, both of which are programmed to be open for business in the autumn of 2008.
It also plans to build on successes within the hotel, leisure and motors industry.
Key clients here include Audi for whom Concept has project managed the development of the world’s largest Audi centre – a £30 million creation on London’s Great West Road, along with a further £15 million of work for the brand across the UK.
It has also been involved in developing £38 million worth of Ramada Encore Hotels for Carillion. formerly Alfred McAlpine, in Haydock, Crewe and Barnsley including the £20 million conversion of the NEC’s former HQ in Birmingham.
The expansion has seen a number of promotions and appointments, with more on the way. Peter Brough, currently regional director for Nottingham, is now regional director and LSC framework manager in Leeds and Birmingham regional director Keith Park, who will now have wider responsibilities across the business has been given a seat on the board. Senior project manager Ian Fryer has been appointed to work alongside Peter in Leeds.