Soaraway firm lands £1.5m deal

A MEXBOROUGH construction firm which is bucking the economic trend has just won a major £1.5m contract for high-tech offices and luxury apartments.

It is the latest instalment in a remarkable success story for former bricklayer Ian Pyott, whose business has been winning new orders, boosting turnover and taking on new staff, despite the economic downturn.

Ian (35) set up Pyott Construction in 2007 and the firm now has 25 members of staff, has increased turnover to £2m this year and seen orders grow to £4m for 2012.

Now Ian is searching for larger premises in his home town.

He said: “Times are tough for the industry but working in the right sectors, having efficient procedures in place and being competitive seems to be working.”

The latest contract is to transform a derelict foundry into offices and luxury apartments in Twickenham – expected to sell for £6.5m.

Other major projects have included building The Pastures Hotel in Mexborough, a maintenance contract with supermarket giant Tesco and work on homes for Rotherham Council.

Ian says help and support from experts at Success Doncaster, delivered by consultancy company Beta Technology, has been vital to the firm’s success.

He said: “I’m a builder and didn’t expect to be running my own company on this scale so when turnover approached £1m, I knew I needed help.

“The advice and support I’ve been given really did make all the difference.”

Ian made contact with Beta Business Buddy Karen Edwards and accountant Steve Errington, who addressed issues including procurement, administration, cash flow, accounts and access to training.

Employing mainly local people, Pyott is also keen to provide opportunities for career development, again with the support of Success Doncaster.

Three apprentices have recently completed NVQs and other staff training procedures have been established.