Saracen Interiors, the South East’s leading office interiors specialist, is preparing for substantial growth in 2013 with repeat business at a record level of 90 per cent and three new divisions now launching: Saracen Facilities, Saracen Small Works and Saracen Move Management.
Saracen Facilities is being launched as part of the company’s bid to position Saracen as a facilities management provider to a wider audience. The team is being increasingly asked to take up the facilities management and maintenance provision for existing fit out clients and this service now accounts for almost 20 per cent of the company’s turnover. The directors expect this to increase by a further five to ten per cent in 2013.
Joint managing director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page explains: “We are being asked by existing clients to look at the facilities management requirement as it makes good sense. We know the buildings and the services inside and out so we can best maintain them. Some of the agents, including new clients, are now also asking about our facilities management services as they attempt to renegotiate contracts and wrestle power back from the larger FM companies who might take take care of all their FM requirements and yet be failing in certain areas.
“Our new Small Works division holds a particular significance as it makes the statement that we are not prepared to compromise on the smaller jobs. As we take on more of the multi-million fit out contracts, we are keen not to lose sight of the smaller projects and Saracen Small Works has been established to make sure that they are fully managed and that the pipeline continues to flow for the jobs that have a lesser value but an equal importance to everything else that we do.”
In order to manage the scale of the growth that the company is undergoing, Saracen is restructuring with appointments made in the final quarter of last year, including significant additions to the sales and marketing team. Further appointments are expected to be announced in the coming months.
Saracen will continue to focus on the South East, including the City of London. Michael acknowledges that the launch of Saracen Move Management is in direct response to the increased revenue gained from office churn by the company in the past 12 months: “We are seeing more and more companies taking a proactive approach to the financial climate either by downsizing, restructuring or merging. There are lots of opportunities for diversity in a company like Saracen in a climate such as this and our new divisions reflect our commitment to these complementary markets.”
Saracen’s recent clients include TE Connectivity, Aspect Property Group, Flight Safety, CH2M Hill, Countrywide PLC, Knight Frank, Mitie Engineering, Pizza Hut, Redrow, Soccer World, Thames Water, Toshiba, Trident Trust, Viatel, BAE Systems, Sue Ryder Care, Sandhurst School, North Surrey Primary Care Trust, Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital NHS Trust.