Makers Bucking the Trend

The construction industry has drawn deep breaths with the collapse of Carillion; the second biggest construction company in the UK, formed out of Tarmac in 1999. This industry giant filed for liquidation being a last desperate last-ditch effort to refinance this beleaguered company.

But with the news focuses on the blue-chip companies, with profit margins, redundancies and pension deficit falling economic activity and Brexit proving the ideal opportunity to disguise poor performance, Makers are pleased to announce a record start to the year with over £17m of contract starts to the New Year.

“It’s been a fantastic achievement and we have secured multiple million-pound contract awards in our traditionally strong market of car parks refurbishment coupled with significant movement in our other sectors”

Stuart Rooker, Finance Director

“It’s been very unusual to see such large projects commence at the same time but we are very much up for the challenge and whilst we recognise others in the construction industry are having a tough time we are thankful for our success but focused on the job in hand”.

Darren Wootton, Operations Director

The construction press is painting a very bleak picture and is always looking for the next victim or headline but Carillion has been in a downward spiral for a number of years with significant market indicators.

As with all supply chains to main contractors the fall out is never actually known for many months after the event, sure the visible outfits who are big enough to survive a hit will make the headlines but the real tragedy are all those small suppliers in the Carillion case some 30,000 who are the backbone of the industry who will ultimately pay the cost.

“When I listen to the arguments put forward by those CEO’s the same hollow message comes through loud and clear. It’s all about satisfying shareholders and bonus expectation, rarely do I hear about Clients and staff and suppliers, they appear almost insignificant.”

“Our approach at Makers is fundamentally different where Clients are centre stage of what we do and our staff are paramount to the way we do it. Our desire is to create legacy for our Clients and staff alike without pressure from indiscriminate shareholders”

Simon Lamb, Managing Director

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