“I seem to do a lot of talking, and I mean a lot of talking. Don’t worry, I haven’t embarked on a new career in the after dinner speaking arena, it’s just what goes with building and leading this business from the front. I talk to our clients to make sure we’re giving them what they need and expect. I talk to our management and support staff constantly; encouraging and coaching their talents and keeping everyone focused on the way we want to do business. I talk to our tradesmen and apprentices whenever I see them on site or in our yard. And when I talk I listen. There’s nothing more rewarding than positive feedback from happy clients and members of the team. There’s nothing worse than hearing of things that could be better and doing nothing about it. If you engage with people with genuine concern for their life, whether it’s business or personal, you build trust and long-lasting relationships. Earlier this year we launched our new brand message which reflects our culture of caring for both our clients and our people in equal measure, “your world matters to us”. This feels like a very natural evolution and boldly sets a level of commitment to anyone who engages with us.
The business continues to enjoy growth. Despite sales to March 2018 being very similar to the previous year, project count and opportunity level increased by around 20% and only the drop in average completed order values in Q4 caused our total sales to dip from the levels in the first nine months. This positive position is reflected in improved earnings despite increased administration costs. This current year we have secured some fantastic new business and our prospects indicate another year of growth.
Earlier this year we completed another phase of our office re-development as we continue to improve the environment and facilities at Albany House – providing an attractive space to meet and work for our clients, partners and staff.
I am very proud of the teams’ successful completion of our Integrated Management Systems Accreditation project. A special thanks has to go to Juliet for her perseverance in seeing this to a successful conclusion.”
Chris McNeill, Managing Director
We have recently welcomed three new faces to our office staff. Calder Percival joined us in June as Estimating Manager. He brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise and is a fantastic addition to our Commercial Team. Ian Smith, our Commercial Director, said of the appointment: “We are delighted to have Calder join us at Cosmos Projects! He brings with him a wealth of experience within the industry amongst a number of differing Client bases, and his proven record of taking ownership of, and managing an Estimating department is exactly what we require in the Business. We look forward to a prosperous future with Calder on board!”
Nicole Bonaccorsi joined us in May as administrator. All good businesses have a great admin team and we are delighted to have Nicole on ours.
One of our first-year apprentices, James Westland, has taken part in two prestigious joinery competitions through his college, South Lanarkshire College. He came third place in The Scottish Association of Timber Trade Teachers Annual Joinery Competition in Shetland. This is very impressive, even more so, given that he was competing against more experienced apprentices in their fourth year! Ten days later, he came first in the Regional Qualifier of the WorldSkills UK Advanced Joinery competition which took place at the City of Glasgow College. James has now been selected to compete at the SkillBuild Final at the NEC Birmingham in November. Congratulations and good luck James!
Health & Safety
We continue to reinforce our commitment to a culture of safety with the support of Project Health & Safety Services Ltd, our safety management, monitoring and audit partners. We held our inaugural safety conference, in conjunction with Project Health & Safety Services, over two days in our offices earlier this month for all our operatives and office staff.
“We found the event extremely beneficial in supporting our ‘Your World Matters to Us’ initiative. The seminar was an excellent opportunity to engage with staff to review our own safety performance, develop an action plan for 2018 and drive home the message that everyone has a role to play in safety. We would highly recommend the seminars to others who are looking to align their staff with their safety goals.” Chris McNeill, Managing Director
We have successfully completed a number of exciting and varied projects including:
- Extensive internal refurbishment works to two adjacent blocks of 24 student flats at Morrison Circus in Edinburgh for Student Cribs (£660k);
- Extensive internal refurbishment works on three floors for ADT Workplace at City Park in Glasgow (£350k);
- Installation of new test beds and control room for Sulzer at their service centre in Larbert, Falkirk (£120k);
- Internal refurbishment works following flood damage to basement student accommodation at Stewart House, Elderslie Street, Glasgow for CRM Students Ltd (£55k);
- Subdivision and dilapidations reinstatement works at Level 5, 4 Atlantic Quay for the tenant BDO LLP (£57k);
- Internal sub-division works on the fifth floor of Grade A Listed Building, Mercantile Chambers in Bothwell Street, Glasgow for Henderson Global Investments (£4.6k);
- Basement repairs and redecoration works at 50 Bothwell Street, Glasgow for 50 Bothwell Street LLP (£95k);
- Dilapidations reinstatement works in 3 separate units at St Andrews Industrial Estate, Devon Place, Glasgow for the landlord, CBRE Global Investors (£90k);
- Refurbishment of café-bar and brasserie, The Tipsy Cow, in Airdrie (£35k);
- Alterations to the protected corridor at Playsport, East Kilbride (£26k);
We have also received several new exciting appointments:
- External refurbishment works for the University of St Andrews including cladding replacement works at the North Haugh BMS Building and new rooflights at the North Haugh Medical Science Building;
- External refurbishment works at the Glasshouse, Glasgow;
- New single ply roof covering to the goods inward/packing line material feed for Edrington Distillers;
- Various works for Donaldson School, Linlithgow;
- Various works for Cats Protection; and
- External refurbishment works on Market Street, St Andrews.