Since our inception in 2002 we have completed a number of interiors projects throughout the East of Scotland, but we recognised that in order to grow a sustainable business it was necessary to open an office in Edinburgh and recruit accordingly.
This vision came to life on 5th January 2016 and in just over a year our ambition for growth in Edinburgh has been fully vindicated. We have been fortunate enough to have been offered the opportunity to tender for some fantastic refurbishment projects and our conversion rate has been good which has enabled us to build a team of Contracts Managers, Site managers, Joiners, labourers and apprentices.
We have priced a wide variety of fit-out work covering all sectors, the length a breadth of Scotland and the UK and we are very grateful for the support and opportunities we have been afforded.
Interior fit-out can be a fickle business at times, you are regularly one project win away from a good quarter becoming great, which can prove a real challenge in managing resource. Our levels of repeat business has always been high and our newest office is confident of continuing this trend by developing strong relationships with property professionals and clients throughout Scotland.
With the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Construction Market Survey, covering the fourth quarter of 2016, suggesting that business sentiment strengthened following a slump in confidence in the wake of Brexit, this surely has to be a good sign. However the report also acknowledges that ‘there remains some unease about access to skilled labour’ with skills shortages restricting companies growth. This is a real challenge we continually face when recruiting Surveyors and skilled tradesmen and one which we are meeting head on with the commitment and investment in our apprentices.
Whatever happens in the macro economy, the impact on our local market and our business remains to be seen, one thing is for sure the world is still turning and with hard work, dedicated staff and a slice of luck Worksmart Contracts will continue to prosper.