Our “I’m voting as…” series of features has covered a wide range of industries, and now enters the construction trade.Who are you and what does your business do? I?m Richard Selby, director at Pro Steel Engineering, and we provide professional steel construction and project management services for the construction sector. We also work with the rail industry on bridges and other complex structures. Our services range from welding, blasting, erecting, lifting, planning and design through to recruitment and full project management. We?re also ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 accredited for our quality of work, environmental management and commitment to health and safety How has your business changed over the last five years? Established in 2012, we have grown incredibly fast, beyond any expectations we had when we started the company. At the outset we were determined to ensure that our growth remained sustainable, and as such, have only taken on projects that we could feasibly deliver, to a standard we were happy with. This has resulted in us working on some amazing national projects including the strengthening of the Hammersmith Flyover and the Queen Elizabeth Park Transformation Project, converting the Olympic Park to fit its new purpose. This project was particularly beneficial as we completed the initial contract to such a high standard that we were awarded further contracts on the same project. What are your growth plans for the next five years? We want to continue to grow sustainably and be further recognised as a firm that consistently performs well on projects, continues to receive strong referrals and is seen as a good and fair employer. Further expansion of our services across multiple sectors is key for growth and extending our fabrication service. We currently have a small offering, but would like to be able to offer a full fabrication service ourselves which would minimise our reliance on external suppliers. What kind of government would you like to see elected? I?d like to see a government that will continue to stimulate the construction industry within the UK. They need to maintain the pipeline of work that has been generated and ensure that it is implemented. I want a government that encourages apprenticeships as a strong alternative to university study, not simply as a way to meet targets on youth unemployment. Apprenticeships need to be of value to the sector and the economy, filled by young people who genuinely want to work in construction, not those who don?t have a career path in mind and may drop out after a year. I also want to see joined-up thinking between the Welsh and UK governments, so the power dovetails between both. We cannot risk both parties coming to loggerheads about important decisions, like we saw with the debate around electrification. Read other “I’m voting as…” features:
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