John N Dunn was forced to make cutbacks during the economic downturn – during which the construction sector was particularly badly hit – which included closing its Teesside office and making a number of redundancies.
Now, the group – which has traded in the North East for over 100 years – is confident its painful cuts have resulted in a strong, streamlined business which is well-equipped for the future.
As well as boasting a “healthy” forward order book, the company has returned to profit, with a turnover of £30m, and employs around 320 people.
Significant investment is being made in the company’s future, and the business currently has 39 apprentices it is committed to developing.
Stephen Bilclough, chairman of the group, said: “The last few years have been challenging – I’d say I have learned more in the past five years than I did in the previous 25.
“But now, after a lot of hard work from our team, we are in really good shape. The future is looking positive for us.
“Our North East and Yorkshire offices are currently at full workload capacity, with our Scotland office not far behind, and we have a healthy order book for the year ahead.
“We have a five-year plan to develop and continually improve the business and are confident we are doing so from strong foundations.
“As a family-owned business, we have a strong commitment to our people and are dedicated to developing them, as well as adding to the skills base of our industry.
“We currently have 39 apprentices, whose training we are investing in, and have a long and proud heritage of offering opportunities to young people over many years.
“That is something that will continue to be a priority for the business.”
The group started life in the 19th century and has grown to become a leading building services company with offices in the North East, Scotland and Yorkshire.