Bad weather has boosted sales at construction specialists Stone Technical Services Group.
The Darlington business said it has seen a higher-than-average demand for its weather-related, facilities management repairs, noting a 30% rise in business compared to last year.
Stone’s emergency repair team has been working extensively across the North East following the spate of heavy rain and high winds over the Christmas and New Year period and through January.
Managing director Dave Stone, said: “The companies and organisations that we’ve been working with are incredibly proactive in carrying out checks after bad weather and, therefore, get any repairs or inspections carried out swiftly.
“Public safety is always a top priority and that’s why our team is on call 24-7. We’ve completed many projects of various sizes relating to weather damage at very short notice in order to keep structures safe and businesses operating without disruption.”
At the start of 2014, Stone Technical Services Group re-branded to allow its four divisions to grow independently – STS Lightning Protection, STS Restoration, STS Maintenance and Facilities Management and STS Conservation – and to help with expansion plans and the ongoing diversification of the business.
Managers at Stone reported turnover of £2m for 2013. Five new jobs were created, taking staff numbers to 35. The company hopes to create around six new jobs in 2014 and boost turnover by 30%.