Increasing order book means new staff and more jobs at specialist cladding firm  

ROOFING and cladding specialist Cladceil is continuing to take on new staff as its workload goes from strength to strength.
Last year the company, based at Falcon Court, Manners Industrial Estate, Ilkeston, celebrated an annual turnover of £7m - a record since a management buyout in 2008.
 
Now it is looking to repeat that trend this year and set a new sales figure.
 
It is currently working on a contract worth more than £1m for Derby firm GF Tomlinson who are building a a new facility for Ibstock Brick in Ibstock, Leicestershire. This multi-million investment would create the world's most modern brick factory to keep up with demand for bricks to supply the house-building sector.
 
This job, to supply and install cladding on an 18,000 sq metre building is one of the biggest jobs the company has ever done.
 
Cladceil continues to work closely with Derby-based Ivygrove developments, including a new garage and showroom for a Mercedes Mertrux dealership in Wilford, Nottingham and various industrial units in the city.
 
The increased workload means that the company has taken on two contract managers in the last year and it is now looking to take on at least two trainee contracts managers and drafts persons.
 
The company will soon start work on a  £750,000 contract for a new building at Denby Hall business park, Denby, and a £75,000 contract for Prime Construction on behalf of Don Amott Caravans at Hilton.
 
In total the order book has 17 jobs in the pipeline for the third quarter of the year.
 
Stuart Pinson, one of three directors alongside Tony Seabridge and Peter Ward, said: “We are pleased to see that the increased demand for our work last year has still held up and is going from strength to strength.
 
“Moving forward, we are involving the staff in determining the direction of the business by inviting them to give their views at board meetings. Also, we have started a scheme to give them a bonus linked to the financial success of the firm.”

Box09 appoints new field engineers to service growing demand


Derby-based facilities maintenance company Box09 has announced a dedicated data cabling department with a new team of field engineers to service growing demand.
 
The company offers businesses a way of sourcing and managing their regular maintenance requirements and building projects, so the new department – specifically designed to help with office moves, additions and layout changes – will complement its overall portfolio.
The move represents over £100k worth of investment over the next 2 years.
 
Company director Chris Stubbings said: “Data cabling could be considered a niche service so we want to make sure companies in and around Derby and Nottingham know we can help them in this area. We’ve certainly got background and history in this industry so we see it as an opportunity for us to excel. The two new staff members Chris Truby and Tom Chadwick are time served and come with a wealth of experience in all aspects of data cabling, fibre optic and audio visual installations, so we’re looking forward to introducing them to our existing customer base and growing this department even further”.
 
The company aims to add other complementary in-house departments focussing on security and electrical services next year.

Artistic Matthew's striking images now  available in response to public demand 

A photographer has opened an online shop for people to buy his striking images of Derby and other places to satisfy public requests.
 

Matthew Jones Photography has now put a section on its website showing a selection of the stunning images that people can buy as large framed prints or smaller digital images for banners on corporate websites or for marketing.
 
Matthew has been into photography for 20 years, during which he gained his BA in photography and Masters degree in fine art photography at the University of Derby, and for the past four years has had a studio and office at the university Banks' Mill centre for new businesses on Bridge Street.
 
He has taught photography at the university, currently has an exhibition of his work at the Royal Derby Hospital and will soon have another show displaying his skills at the RTC business park on London Road.
 
Matthew, who lives in Ripley, where he is also a town councillor, has a passion for fell-racing, and has raced up and down Mt Snowdon in Wales several times. He often takes photos of the landscape when he goes to countryside locations for competitions.
 
But his main commercial work is public relations, corporate portraits and pictures of people, places and events.
 
His work has appeared in newspapers, and been used by various organisations, including Marketing Derby to attract investment into the city, enterprise agency Erewash Partnership, and the BBC.
 
Business manager Cindy Underwood said: “We have had people ask where they can buy Matthew's images which is why we have set up the online shop.”
 
Many of the images show dramatic panoramic scenes of Derby landmarks such as the Market Place or Irongate and the Cathedral by day or night.
 
But Cindy pointed out the 'secret' as to why they look so special – busy city scenes yet hardly any people on the streets.
 
Instead of simple snapshots Matthew will take a series of pictures which are then seamlessly 'stitched' together or merged to create one image.
 
“Matthew can spend hours out in all weathers painstakingly waiting for the right moments to get the pictures for the desired effect,” Cindy said.
 
“I am delighted that people have expressed such an interest in the images,” added Matthew. “This is another addition to what we offer." 
 
 
 

Women Apprentices Blaze A Trail In Firm's History As It Tackles Record Order Book

TWO young female apprentices have gained qualifications at an Ilkeston company that manufactures bespoke building products in a trade that is usually dominated by men.
 
Sonja Eyre and Rosie Dales started in autumn last year at Dales Fabrications and have just gained their NVQ Level 2 in welding and fabrication.
 
They were the only women on their course at Learning Unlimited on Derby's Pride Park compared to 16 men and they are the first women to join Dales as apprentices from a non-engineering background.
 
Their success comes as the company which makes items such as rainwater systems(gutters and pipes), fascias and soffits, and solar shading for the construction industry comes to the end of a calendar year of investment in staff and equipment to deal with a record order book.
 
Twenty-two-year-old Sonja, of Barber Street, Eastwood, wanted to be in engineering from the age of 16. But initially she went into the beauty business which she did not like and then worked for a catering company who let her tinker with the drinks and ice cream machines when they were not working.
 
Latterly she worked at two branches of a coffee house in Derby as a barrista maestro before she wrote to Dales asking if she could be an apprentice.  “I really enjoy all that I do at the different jobs at Dales” she said.
 
Twenty-three-year Rosie, of Orchard Street, Ilkeston, worked as a chambermaid but did not enjoy it. Last year she worked two weeks without pay at the company, enjoyed it and became an apprentice.
 
She even left the family home at Southampton to move to the company at Crompton Road Industrial Estate which was founded by her grandfather Frank, who is chief executive officer. The firm, set up in 1977,  is wholly family-owned.
 
Rosie enjoys what she does and is continuing her studies one day a week.
 
Managing director Karl Prosser said: “Sonja and Rosie both took to welding very quickly and have become accomplished in their trade.”
 
He said they were part of a wider recruitment drive that has meant the number of employees has risen to 36.
 
Those taken on include three graduates at project-management level, a chartered accountant, another apprentice who is starting a  foundation degree in mechanical engineering at Derby College, a driver for a new 26-tonne bespoke delivery vehicle which is the first of its carrying capacity  in the country, and two skilled production workers.
 
In addition the company has invested £500k in new fabrication equipment because of increased demand for its products which means the order book is at a record high of more than £1m.
 
The company welcomes CVs from well-qualified and experienced workers.

Building Features Company Scales The Heights To A Seven Year Turnover High

A specialist roofing and cladding company whose work features on many buildings is celebrating after achieving an annual turnover of £7m – a record since a management buyout seven years ago.
 
Ilkeston-based Cladceil is enjoying a boom, with directors keen to invest in the business after the recession which particularly hit the construction industry.
 
The company was set up in 1986 but there was a management buyout in March 2008.
 
Now, directors Stuart Pinson, Tony Seabridge, and Peter Ward are building for the future. They are among the 17 employees, which exceeds the pre-recession levels, and are hoping to take on one or two more staff in this next year to cope with an increased workload.


For building exteriors the company designs schemes, sources items such as roofing, cladding in various materials, bespoke fascias and soffits and industrial door systems and then fits them. It has a similar process for internal refurbishments which made up £1.5m of the turnover to the year at the end of October.
 
Cladceil's biggest job last year, worth £800,000, was providing roof and wall cladding to the new £10.8m sports hall recently built at the University of Derby's main site on Kedleston Road. It has also just fitted aluminium feature profiles and terracotta rainscreen cladding to the new Premier Inn on Full Street.
 
It is about to complete work on the new Eastpark shopping centre at Colwick, Nottingham.
 
Stuart said: “We are thrilled when we see our work on so many different types of buildings in our core area of operations, mainly in the East Midlands and Yorkshire.
 
“We are delighted to work with well-known local companies such as Ivygrove Developments, GF Tomlinson, Radleigh Group, B&K Building Services, Wildgoose Construction, and Clegg Group, but we also do smaller projects as well.
 
“We have also completed projects further afield in England, Wales and Scotland,” said Peter. “We have just started work on a flagship BMW showroom in Cheltenham, worth £750,000 to our company.”
 
With its success the company has recently invested in new vehicles, new management system software and staff training.
 
Future plans include refurbishment of their premises in Falcon Court on the Manners Industrial Estate to provide a modern working environment and improved conditions for staff.
 
Tony concluded: “We are delighted that the company came through the recession fairly strong and we are now looking forward to an even brighter future.”