Construction firm Lindum has set up an office in Yorkshire and expects to create employ more than 100 people in the region over the next couple of years.
The company, which already has offices in Lincoln, Peterborough, Grimsby and London, said its York office will help it to serve its existing customers and win new business in the Yorkshire region.
Neil Coote, business manager for Lindum in York, said he expects the office in York to turn over around £10m in its first year. The business has a turnover of around £90m in total and employs around 460 construction craftsmen, technical and managerial staff across the group, the majority of whom are shareholders in the company.
Mr Coote said: “We anticipate that we will employ over 100 construction staff over the next couple of years as we establish a permanent presence in York. We will give priority to any of our existing staff who want to relocate to York for career progression. But in truth we are certainly looking to recruit local tradesmen, local craftsmen and local technical staff.”
Lindum specialises in the affordable housing, medical, food and education sector for projects up to £20m, along with maintenance and refurbishment work. It recently completed its 33rd medical centre, which is based in Harrogate, for £4.7m and a new large food factory for its client Greggs in Penrith. The company is about to start a new project for Newly Weds Foods in Ossett.
The business is currently leasing its office in York city centre, but expects to outgrow the office in the next two or three years. It plans to construct a purpose-built office.
Currently, there are two members of staff in the York office, but Mr Coote said the headcount will rapidly expand with eight to 12 people joining the office in the next two to three months.
“This is an employee owned and operated company whereby all the Lindum group employees, with one or two exceptions who have been with us less than two years, are shareholders,” said Mr Coote.
“Our philosophy is if you see a screw on the floor you pick it up so it doesn’t puncture one of our tipper lorries and therefore it’s less profit at the end of the year. Whether you’re chairman, director, cleaner or lorry driver, we are all equally important, there’s no-one more important than anyone else. That’s why we recognise that any profits we do make at the end of the year, 10 per cent of those profits, that we’re not ploughing back into the company, are distributed evenly across all staff.”