Gelder Group has announced that it has acquired a larger office in Sheffield, having outgrown its previous premises in only 12 months.
Gelder Group, which delivers projects across a range of sectors including education, health, retail, insurance, leisure, heritage and residential, has acquired the 700 sq ft space on Magna 34 Business Park, Rotherham.
The business, which has its HQ in Lincolnshire, first opened a Sheffield office in January 2016 in Chapel Town, but quickly outgrew the space and within 3 months moved into a 260 sq ft office within the same building. The team has now relocated to a third office, which is almost triple the size of the previous one.
The new office, which can seat 30 will see the Sheffield-based Gelder Group team grow from 10 to 14 over the next year.
James Flintham, Commercial Manager at Gelder Group, said:
We’ve been steadily increasing our market share within the Yorkshire Region and made the decision to open a Sheffield office two years ago as we saw a gap in the market and wanted to be close to our clients in the area. We have grown faster than expected and are now making our third move to keep up with that growth and our ambitious plans for the future
This is an exciting time for Gelder Group and Yorkshire is a great place to do business. We are looking forward to working on more schemes in the area and being an active member of the business community. Our new office provides us with plenty of space to grow and it’s fantastic to be recruiting in the city.
I’d like to thank our passionate team here at Sheffield and our clients for their continued support.
Gelder Group, which has started recruiting for two quantity surveyors for the Sheffield office, has worked on a number of significant projects across the city, including the Lidl stores in Darnall and Southey Green, and the apartment complex Mandale House on Bailey Street.
Gelder Group is committed to supporting the local communities that it works with and has just committed to supporting the Penistone Church under 9 girls football team.
The Group has appointed two new apprentices from Lincoln College’s Construction Careers College in Gainsborough – the college Gelder Group was a joint founder of and continues to be the main sponsor.
The college, which is the first of its kind in the UK, was set up in 2016 by Lincoln College, Gelder Group and a number of other construction specialists, to help students prepare for a career in construction.
Lincolnshire-based Gelder Group has trained 300 apprentices since its formation as a two-man building outfit in 1988, and 96% of those were offered full time employment at the firm at the end of their apprenticeship.
Jack Jarvis, 17, and Sandis Kupreicik, 23, who are studying bricklaying at the college, today visited the firm to sign a 2 year apprenticeship contract.
Steve Gelder, CEO of Gelder Group, said:
The first person ever employed by Gelder Group started life as an apprentice and now 29 years on he’s still with the firm, which is just one of many who have joined us following an apprenticeship.
There is a massive shortage of workers in the construction industry across the UK and our mission has always been to support the next generation and reduce that gap as much as possible.
I asked students at the Construction Careers College to submit their CVs for this opportunity and it was Jack and Sandis that stood out due to their passion for the industry and eagerness to learn from our team. I’m looking forward to welcoming more apprentices over the coming years and to working with Jack and Sandis, I hope they enjoy their time with us.
Jack and Sandis’ appointments come just three months after the construction firm announced it will double its apprenticeship intake over the next three years.
The two students will spend four days a week onsite with the Gelder Group team and one day studying at college.
Mark Locking, Lincoln College Group managing director for education and training, said:
We are absolutely delighted that Gelder Group is taking on two of our Construction Career College students as apprentices.
Steve Gelder, who started out as a Lincoln College Apprentice, has been the driving force behind our Construction Career College, the first of its kind in the UK. His firm, along with many other local employers, have helped us to create employer-led training that produces highly skilled young people to support the local economy.
We’re really proud of Jack and Sandis and the fact they have secured apprenticeships with such a great local employer and we wish them all the best.
We are currently recruiting for next year’s intake at the Construction Career College. We would urge young people in the Gainsborough area, who are interested in a career in construction, where you can earn up to a £1,000 a week, to apply.
2017 has been a hugely successful year for the Facilities Maintenance & Building division with sales of over £13m and a forward order book of £4m with new and existing clients. The department’s expansion also included a new office suite in Sheffield, which, in January will see the office moving to larger premises. The swift and rapid success of the department is further testament to the dedicated and skilled team that has been developed by Dave Gladwin, Construction Director. On the expansion Dave Gladwin commented:
Our department has been able to adapt to the workload and my role has changed significantly with all day-to-day work now being handled by James Flintham, who has been instrumental in the success of the department. I am now fully able to focus my efforts on securing new work and developing client relationships.
The new structure of the department has seen the promotion of four key staff:
- Shane Ormiston, Senior Quantity Surveyor – Responsible for the team of Quantity Surveyors in Lincoln and Sheffield.
- Kate Brown, Office Manager – Leading the way to a new streamlined system that will focus on providing excellent customer service to clients and a more efficient system for staff.
- Joe Almond, Senior Contracts Manager – Who has overall responsibility for delivering projects to clients.
- James Flintham, Commercial Manager – Dealing with all day-to-day running of the branches in Lincoln and Sheffield.
The new structure was rolled out in late November and has been well received by staff and clients.