New regional management structure for Esh Group

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THE YORKSHIRE division of construction firm Esh Group is preparing to double the size of the business after a new management structure was put in place.

The group appointed Andy Gawthorpe as regional managing director and Keeley Sharp as divisional director of social housing.

The duo join the existing management team of Chris Walker, divisional director of Esh Build and Mark Shea, regional manager of Lumsden and Carroll.

Mr Gawthorpe joins from Keir Living and Ms Sharp from Bullock Construction.

The Esh Group, which has worked on a diverse range of projects including the transformation of The Tetley in Leeds and the construction of a new sea wall in Bridlington, said Yorkshire revenue grew from £45m to £55m in the last 12 months with overall group revenues reaching £200m.

Work has increased across its three main areas: social housing, general construction and civil engineering.

Mr Gawthorpe said: “We are planning for growth in the construction sector across Yorkshire and Humberside, and the Esh Group is investing in a regionally based management team to ensure it can continue to successfully deliver projects in all construction sectors and support its expansion in the region. The coming months will potentially see new jobs created from trade apprentices to quantity surveyors as we gear up for expansion.”

Esh currently employs around 100 staff in Yorkshire. Mr Gawthorpe declined to say exactly how many jobs would be created in the coming months but the company is hosting a recruitment day on July 8 at the Village Hotel, Tingley.

Esh recently announced plans to recruit 150 apprentices across the whole group in the next three years.

In preparation for its growth, the Yorkshire division recently doubled its floorspace at its Thorpe Park head office in Leeds. It is also seeking an operational depot in West Yorkshire to store plant and equipment.

Mr Gawthorpe said: “We have got a firm business at the moment and I would like to think we could double in size in the next few years and give ourselves a stronger regional identity.”

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