It's been 30 years since Saracen's inception. Although the company initially traded as an office furniture manufacturer and retail outlet since 1985, Martin and I saw the potential in both the premises and the business to operate as a commercial fit out concern when we took it over 15 years ago. We've run the business ever since, building on these foundations and enjoying year on year growth.
We've turned the business into a brand in London and the South East and we're proud to be known for the quality of our work and the knowledge, professionalism and hard work of our team.
When we started out back in 2000, we wanted to create something new. We were a fit out company that was launching on the back of a strong skillset - both Martin and myself have industry backgrounds with particular strengths in design and engineering - rather than on the back of a sales technique.
A lot of our contemporaries come from sales backgrounds, we don't. Our history is construction: We've designed, we've built, we've been the engineer and we've been the manager; we've carried the bricks and we've driven the van.
We didn't start as salesmen. We started with a knowledge and a passion for the industry and a strong desire to specialize in the commercial sector where we knew we could consult and influence and make an impact. We believe this passion has given us the edge over our competitors and helped bring the company to where it is today.
We are now a countrywide name with a Northern office, four divisions, a constantly expanding client list and a myriad of projects of different shapes and sizes, currently live across the UK.
We've styled the business so we can offer our customers a single service solution 'from inception to completion' and almost 90 per cent of our business is repeat business as the relationships we build are for life.
Our team of outstanding staff has also grown along with the turnover. We've invested in apprentices, training and industry initiatives to ensure that each member of staff is fulfilled and enthused in his or her work and that our clients can continue to rely on us constantly updating and refreshing our expertise and resource. They can be confident that our counsel remains the best.
Finally, thanks to our customers for your continued business. It really is all about relationships and we're incredibly proud of the work we've done both for and with you. We're delighted to have your names included in our portfolio and we look forward to scaling new heights as the years progress.
Happy Easter to everyone!