Claremont’s bumper order book
INTERIOR design and fit-out business Claremont Group Interiors says a strong 2014 has created a two million sq ft project pipeline, putting the firm on track to turnover £40m.
The Warrington-headquartered business says it will build on its performance, which saw £34m of projects delivered against a plan of £30m – the first time Claremont has outperformed its turnover target since the recession.
Stand-out projects during included the design and fit-out of Auto Trader’s new offices in London and Manchester, United Utilities’ relocation to Haweswater House in Warrington, the creation of three new offices for DWF in London, Bristol and Newcastle and the fit-out of two buildings for Plymouth City Council.
Claremont’s joint managing director Tim Frankland said the business had £12m secured already, with another £12.8m expected to confirm later this month.
He said: “The order book is much stronger now that it was this time last year which puts us in a great position.
“Given the longevity of the sales cycle, much of this year’s work is the result of our efforts in 2013 and 2014 and it is testament to the team’s continued tenacity and persistence that we can keep looking ahead with such positivity. We have £8m secured for 2016 already.”
Claremont has also promoted four of its most experienced members of the team to the board, strengthening the management team as it looks to push its workplace consultancy and design offering and leverage the firm’s growing expertise in the education sector.
Richard Turner (projects), Lisa Flannery (client delivery), Simon Guest (commercial) and Ken Bundy (creative) join Mike Considine (construction), Simon Campion (Bristol), John Griffin (projects) and Sarah-Jane Osborne (design), as well as Tim Frankland and Ann Clarke, joint managing directors. Patrick Ames (design) and Richard Brooks (commercial) have also been made associate directors.
Frankland added: “There are some very talented, passionate and committed people in the business and these promotions allow us not to only recognise those qualities but give us the breadth of expertise and insight we need to drive the business forward and grow.”