Cramlington asbestos management firm targets £2.4m turnover

Asbestos management firm AMS is on course to double its turnover this financial year to £2.4m following a series of lucrative contract wins

L-R AMS MD and owner Stewart McNicholl, with a strudent from The Lambton Youth Centre in Sunderland, which is supported with free training by AMS.
L-R AMS MD and owner Stewart McNicholl, with a strudent from The Lambton Youth Centre in Sunderland, which is supported with free training by AMS.

The Cramlington-based firm reported £1.2m turnover in 2013 and is set to hit its £2.4m sales target for the year ending April 2014 after a busy year which saw it move into new headquarters on Atley Business Park.

Already bursting at the seams, the company has now bought the premises next door to its current building, a move that will see its highly successful training division double in size.

The five-year-old firm also opened two further offices in Doncaster and Warrington last year and has announced plans to open a further two in the South East and Scotland.

As a results of the expansion, AMS undertook a significant recruitment drive that led to headcount rising by 47% over the last 12 months, from 30 employees to 44.

AMS has ambitions for rapid growth in the future and managing director Stewart McNicholl said there is potential to open offices in Europe and in Australasia, where there is significant demand for its asbestos management skills, services and web portal. McNicholl said: “Our ambition is to grow the business to £12m turnover within nine years and increasingly export our services abroad.

“The UK has very tight regulations when it comes to asbestos and because we were required to develop our services under those regulatory constraints, when the majority of other providers throughout the world didn’t need to, we can confidently claim we’re among the global leaders in what we do. We now work overseas in Europe and America and 2014 could also see us opening offices in Australia and New Zealand where there is a gap in the market for the skills set we have at AMS. These are very exciting times for us and we’re already talking to the UK Trade & Investment about exporting our services and skills.”

AMS delivers a full range of asbestos management services, including UKAS accredited surveying, testing and analysis, as well as consultancy and training services.

Its latest contract win will see the team help with the maintenance and conservation of Durham Cathedral as part of its Open Treasure project, aided by £3.9m from the Heritage Lottery fund, as the cathedral looks to transform the way visitors experience and gain inspiration from it. Work begins early 2014.

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