Specialist groundworks contractor Greenhill Construction is experiencing growth, bucking the downward trend felt by much of the construction industry.
Eight years since the Corsham-based company was founded by Neil Blackman and two friends, the firm now employs more than 50 staff, working on construction projects for the major supermarkets and other, mostly commercial and local authority schemes.
“The success of a building project can be defined before it rises out of the ground,” said Neil. “It is often not until you get on site that challenges present themselves.
“Repeat business is important to us. We’re proud to regularly work with contractors like Beard of Swindon, and to be preferred suppliers to Aston Martin, while regularly working on new stores and extensions for Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.”
Neil attributes Greenhill’s year-on-year business growth to the skills and work ethic of his team, and to the leadership development support they’ve sought along the way.
“The market is tough, and as we got busier and busier I began to feel like I was hanging off the back of a speeding train and couldn’t seem to get near the engine! I needed to feel like I was leading the business, not just getting sucked along by it, and that’s why I joined the LEAD programme earlier this year.”
LEAD (Leading Enterprise and Development) is a unique integrated leadership programme designed specifically to help owner-managers and directors deliver practical solutions for growth.
Developed by the Lancaster University Management School, almost 2,000 businesses in the North of England have already participated with demonstrable and proven results.
In March this year, Neil Blackman was among the first cohort of 15 business leaders from the South West to participate in the programme, which has been brought to the region by QuoLux under an exclusive licence.
Stewart Barnes, partner at QuoLux, recognises the challenges faced by Greenhill Construction as common to many businesses.
“Guiding your business successfully through significant growth is quite a test of leadership,” said Stewart.
“LEAD allows directors and owner-managers to explore aspects of their own business and their role as leaders, encouraging critical thinking to tackle issues and foster greater confidence and success.”
Neil Blackman agrees: “LEAD gives us the tools to assess a situation and do something about it. For me, it’s about providing discipline such that we’re not relying on gut reaction.
“We know we’re doing well to be surviving this difficult climate, but I want to learn how to do it better, to be a better company.”
To find out more visit www.quolux.co.uk or contact Stewart Barnes on 07706 971 011 or firstname.lastname@example.org