A niche firm of North East building surveyors and project managers has set its sights on doubling its workforce and turnover in the next few years, bolstered by confidence returning to the construction sector.
A period of growth at Newcastle-based Silverstone Building Consultancy, which has been trading for five years, has put the firm on course to reach £1m turnover by 2018.
Set up by founding directors Ben Hunter and Richard Farrey, the business is currently working on construction projects amounting to more than £7m for its clients, which include Northumberland College, TTE, Pulman Group and Gestamp Tallent Automotive.
To help manage the increasing workload they have appointed a new associated director – and anticipate more jobs will soon follow.
Director Ben Hunter said: “We’ve grown our business conservatively over the past five years – we started out with just two directors working from home and now have six full-time members of staff and offices on Grey Street.
“With a strong client base in the North East and a high level of repeat business we are now looking to build on our success by doubling our turnover and staff numbers over the next five years.”
The firm aims to remain an independent company of building surveyors and project managers having developed a niche that has attracted clients who want to use their services without conflicting with other agents.
However, they are also keen to extend their reach to other areas of the UK.
Mr Hunter said: “We have recently undertaken projects in Birmingham, York and Bolton and expanding our team will mean we have greater capabilities to deliver our services nationally.”
As part of its planned expansion Silverstone has appointed Louise Stewart as associate director, having come to the firm as a former associate partner at Sanderson Weatherall.
Richard Farrrey, director at Silverstone added: “Louise is a well-respected individual within the region’s commercial property scene and we are very pleased to welcome her on board.
“Her appointment means we will have another highly experienced surveyor who is capable of delivering all our key services to clients.”