New Nottingham Base Signals Hodgson’s Expansion

Left to right-Eddy Maxwell MBE-contracts manager, Marie Errington-office manager and John Sayers-managing director

The opening of its first base outside of the North East sees the expansion strategy of Stanley-based roofing specialist contractor’s Hodgson Sayers start to take shape.

The company has appointed Eddy Maxwell MBE as contracts manager for the Midlands at its new Nottingham office with a brief to build on its acceptance on the Efficiency East Midlands Framework (EEM) in 2017.

Hodgson Sayers has already won contracts worth £1million plus on a variety of roofing projects in Leicester, Rugby, Northampton and Nottingham.

John Sayers, managing director, said: “While the North East is our heartland and the focus of so much of our activity, we are ambitious and realise that expansion outside of our traditional market is a natural next step. The EEM framework has provided us with a consistent level of work and given us the confidence to establish a base in the region.”

New Contracts Manager for the Midlands, Eddy Maxwell, has been involved in a number of initiatives over three decades, aimed at assisting the long-term unemployed back into work and was awarded an MBE in 2012. In particular, he played a prominent role in the development of an arts centre in Hyson Green, Nottingham. He also ran his own contracting business for 35 years until 2017.

Eddy said: “I believe that there are tremendous opportunities for Hodgson Sayers in the Midlands. The recession saw many casualties in the roofing contracting sector in the region, so there is certainly a role for a major player. Over and above that, Hodgson Sayers, for a company in this sector, is highly unusual.

“Most focus purely on price and cost cutting, whereas Hodgson Sayers has a clear set of values that guides everything it does and which manifests itself in very strong business practices.  By way of example, the investment and commitment it places in the training of apprentices and its stewardship of environmental issues are unusual within the sector.

“While the company understands that it has to be competitive in the market to win business, there is no doubt in my mind that potential customers will be very attracted to Hodgson Sayers’ values and culture. It is going to be interesting relaying this to people that have not encountered the business before”, added Eddy.

The Stanley-based company, which employs over 100 staff, has seen considerable growth in recent years and has been listed for the third successive year in Ward Hadaway’s Fastest 50 growing companies in the North East.

Hodgson Sayers is embracing new technology as part of its expansion plans and is integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software into its systems and processes.

The company is well-known for offering high-quality jobs to young people in the North East. It currently has 20 apprentices and is actively looking to appoint a further 10. They are supported and encouraged by managers across the business, the vast majority of whom were apprentices themselves and they are all guaranteed jobs on successful completion of their training.

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