In a recent interview with online business news publication, Bdaily, I was asked about Saracen’s highlights during 2015. We celebrated our thirtieth anniversary this year and the interviewer was keen to know what our greatest moments had been. It was easy, in this instance, to answer without any considered pause for thought…
The best bits of 2015 have undoubtedly been some of our contract wins. We landed a few multi-million pound projects and celebrated accordingly but the real ‘punch the air’ moment came when we were awarded the design and fit out of Vintners Place on the bank of the River Thames for Tata Communications. Not only a great, high value job at a prestigious address, but an incredibly significant one as we were awarded this on the strength of our design work.
The design, reflecting Tata Communications’ vision of a mobile, flexible working environment that encourages innovation through collaboration, is expected to be rolled out globally and has impressed both client and visitor alike. We’ve helped the company to make a real impact with this work.
We’ve won design awards before - at the end of 2014, we were shortlisted for two awards at the Northern Design Awards in the categories for Commercial Interior Design Practice and Innovative Design – but nothing beats actually winning a contract because the designs that you have submitted are recognized by the client as the most outstanding and best suited to the needs of both the company and its employees and associates.
Our facilities management division, Saracen Facilities has also made an impact this year, scooping a big win that should elevate its status when the contract is announced early in the New Year.
Overall, it’s been a good year with our turnover rising by 10 per cent and our average project values increasing by 30 per cent. We’ve always prided ourselves on our high level of repeat business but this year has been an extraordinarily good year for new business with sales up three times what they usually are to brand new clients.
We’ve got a dedicated team behind us who are enthusiastic about the next chapter for Saracen and who are keen to help us further expand our client base, continuing to widen our territory around the UK and explore other sectors, including the high-end residential market. We’re definitely keen to explore this area, so watch this space !
And so, we’re looking forward to another ‘Happy New Year’ and we wish you and yours the same. From all at Saracen, MERRY CHRISTMAS and all the best for 2016!