In the six years since its creation Advanced NI Scaffolding has not only increased from a handful of employees to a workforce of nearly 90 staff, but has also received award recognition after being named Best Family-Run Scaffolding Company in Northern Ireland at the Build Construction and Engineering Awards 2018.
“We started off in 2012 as a labour-only organisation working for a couple of contractors and have grown steadily to the point where we now operate across the UK and Ireland supplying our own scaffolding directly,” explains Robert Andrews, Managing Director. “We’ve expanded the business on the back of ever larger projects, such as developments at University College London Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital. These were particularly challenging, especially as access to the sites was limited and we were operating in a live environment. A significant amount of work had to be carried out on the night shift or out of hours to help minimise disruption.”
The fact that Advanced NI Scaffolding was able to rise to these challenges gives an indication of how the business has been able to achieve such strong growth, not to mention award recognition. “It’s great to win the award, especially as it’s the first time we’ve ever been nominated for one,” adds Mr Andrews. “It’s a massive recognition of the hard work that the entire team puts in. I succeed in winning the work, but the company’s only as good as its employees, so this is a team award. I very much appreciate the their efforts and thank them for everything they have done for the business.
The strong workforce that Advanced NI Scaffolding has built up hasn’t come about by chance. The company having a instilled an emphasis on staff development. “We are very big on training in fact, we have devised our own training programme that is RoSPA approved. We have our own online training website where training modules are available to staff to ensure they are up to date with all training requirements.
“As we’ve grown the business we’ve also been conscious to develop our supply chain. This has helped to support the expansion of the company. We have built up some really good relationships with our suppliers, such as Layher.”
As it looks to make the most of its well trained workforce and its strong supply chain to build on its award recognition, Advanced NI Scaffolding is now looking to make the most of the opportunities currently available within the marketplace. “There’s a high volume of new build and commercial work taking place at the moment. Due to our reputation for providing a quality service with the minimum of disruption our contractors continue to provide us with work.
“Looking ahead, I’m aiming to continue growing the business in the manner that we have done so far. We have made strong and steady progress over the past six years and look to continue doing so. That said, we are looking to break into the civils sector and take on more complex projects to keep offering the best solutions for each and every project. This would add another string to our bow. Again it’s all about developing our workforce further so that we’ve got an ever greater skills base to draw upon. This will allow us to keep progressing and hopefully bring with it some more award recognition in the process.”
Given the amount of ground that it has covered so far, Advanced NI Scaffolding certainly looks on track to achieving both of these objectives.