SCH steels itself for record-breaking revenues

SCH Site Services, based on Aycliffe Business Park in Newton Aycliffe, started out in 2006 operating as a crane hire company with four mobile cranes and four drivers working for local companies

Staff at SCH Steel Sites
Staff at SCH Steel Sites

A County Durham steel specialist company is set for a third successive record-breaking year.

SCH Site Services, based on Aycliffe Business Park in Newton Aycliffe, started out in 2006 operating as a crane hire company with four mobile cranes and four drivers working for local companies.

The firm first started to explore the secondary steelwork market in 2011 and recorded a turnover of £325,000 but within a year it had moved into its own £500,000 premises in Aycliffe, and recorded sales of £2.2m.

And after moving into other areas of work, including main steelwork erection, architectural metalwork, steelwork fabrication, crane hire and contract lifts, building dismantling and site fabrication, that figure leaped again to £3.43m last year, a rise of 64% on 2012.

But this year the firm is expecting to record sales of £4.6m - up 75% on last year and more than 100% in the two years since moving to its new 40,000 sq ft premises.

Staff numbers have also doubled in the last three years to 39, with nine in the factory, seven in the office and 23 out on sites.

SCH, which now boasts the likes of Sir Robert McAlpine, Robertson’s North-East, Shepherd Construction, Hall Construction, Peikko and Balfour Beatty among its client list, as well as its own neighbouring company, Finley Structures, situated just a stone’s throw away from their factory.

Construction manager Andy Braid said: “A lot of endeavour and hard work has gone in to SCH over the last three years especially as we’ve slowly established ourselves as one of the main players in the North-East steelwork market.”

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