The decision to open an office in Edinburgh has paid off with the business securing work on a number of prestigious projects. We are now targeting further expansion as the reputation of our skilled team’s ability to deliver high quality work on time and to budget grows. We opened an office in the city in 2016 as part of our growth strategy, a move which saw Gary McGurk appointed as Regional Manager to drive the business forward in the East Coast of Scotland. Having an office situated in Alva Street in the heart of the Capital has allowed the company to build upon our existing UK wide coverage to secure an increase in work which has allowed us to expand our team.
This year we celebrate our fifteenth anniversary, and we are looking to grow our current team of joiners, apprentices, Contract Managers and Quantity Surveyors at our Edinburgh office. Gary said: “We are growing steadily and to secure work with public, private and third sector clients is fantastic. The move to Edinburgh has allowed us to target further growth.” Some of the successful projects completed in Edinburgh have been with prestigious clients such as Napier University, the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Scottish Government.
In addition one of the most significant projects completed in the last year was in London. Scotland House is the official name for the Innovation and Investment Hub. That brings together officials from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Visit Scotland under one roof to provide a Team Scotland approach to supporting businesses and attracting visitors and investment to Scotland. The purpose of Scotland House is to allow businesses to improve their presence in the thriving London market, and appeal to clients in this area. What makes Scotland House unique is its focus on supporting Scotland’s growth in London and beyond.
Officially opening Scotland House, the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland said: “London is a very important trading market and a meeting place for the world’s business leaders, but for Scottish businesses it can be challenging and costly to try and break into these markets.”
Our Managing Director Stephen Neilson said: “We are thrilled to be working with such prestigious clients in Scotland’s capital, with these projects ensuring Worksmart can grow and expand our business. We are able to complete all types of projects in Edinburgh, from large seven figure refurbishments to small and medium-sized fast track fit-outs, as well as glazed partitioning and various other interior contracts in Edinburgh and throughout the UK.” We provide fit-out and refurbishment all over Scotland and the UK, recent projects have been completed in Ayrshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester and London.
The high level of repeat business and referred business from satisfied clients stands testament to the quality of our work and Gary said: “We are in many ways a traditional contractor with all the required foundations in place to deliver a comprehensive refurbishment service.” Our head office is in Kilmarnock, employing more than 40 people, including school leavers and Modern Apprentices, as well as being part of several graduate programmes and work placement schemes.
That focus on encouraging the next generation of talent is key for Steve Neilson. “We place great focus on encouraging the next generation of young talent. We have strong apprentice and graduate schemes and we currently have seven apprentice joiners on our books. We have a strong commitment to the community and bringing through the next generation of skilled tradesmen and women that the industry needs is a high priority for us.”