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Deluge proved a good omen for Wilkinson
THE floods which wreaked havoc across the region last month have set a North-East commercial maintenance firm on track to hit record turnover.
Wilkinson Maintenance, a Durham City company specialising in reactive maintenance and refurbishment of commercial properties, has seen a 20 per cent increase in demand for its services after businesses including pubs, shops and schools were badly affected by the downpour that hit the region.
The firm reported a turnover of about £2.5m before it started to restructure its business two years ago.
As a direct result of the restructure, which involved a move to a larger site at Belmont Industrial Estate, the company broke its £4.5m turnover target by £500,000 in the financial year to the end of May.
As part of its growth plan, which includes a strong commitment to apprenticeships, the company has expanded its workforce from 29 to 43 over the past 18 months.
Stuart Anderson, managing director of Wilkinson Maintenance, said: “We’re obviously delighted that the business is doing so well, albeit in the face of adversity. Our workload has increased by 20 per cent over the second quarter of this year when the wet and windy weather was at its worst.
“Call-outs and extensive maintenance work have included jobs on behalf of pubs and other premises that have been badly affected by flooding.
Complete refits entailing new bars, toilets, re-wiring and new carpets, are common, with some of our work made up of repeat visits to the same premises.”
He added: “We decided about two years ago that we wanted to restructure and diversify, and instead of waiting for the work to come to us, we needed to go out and find it.
“We’re pleased at the remarkable progress we’ve made in such a short space of time, but we’re not resting on our laurels. It’s partly due to the fact we diversified, and partly because we fit our service around what the businesses need.”
Wilkinson Maintenance’s North-East clients include Norchem Group, for whom it handles maintenance work for its 30 pharmacies across the region, while the company has also recently won a contract with North-East Lettings, whose offices are in Team Valley. Other clients include Enterprise Inns, Punch Taverns, JD Wetherspoons, Integrated Dental Holdings and Volvo UK.