Urban Civil Engineering, which was founded in Leamington and is now based in Offchurch, was formed in August 2014 by friends and colleagues Adrian Duncan and Jason Green to provide a full groundworks and infrastructure service to the construction industry, particularly homebuilders.
Between them, Adrian and Jason have 42 years’ experience in the sector and initially offered only labour services, before they grew to offer plant and materials too.
They wanted to implement a rapid growth plan but when they couldn’t access traditional funding, they were referred to the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Growth Hub.
The Growth Hub, which acts as a signposting and business advice service to companies, assessed the firm’s initial needs and put them in touch with the Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust (CWRT).
That led to an initial loan of £50,000 in the first year – which was paid back in full – with a further £70,000 that followed in the current financial year.
Using this support, the company has been able to implement a rapid growth plan, and won business with the likes of Persimmon Homes, AC Lloyd and Barwood Homes.
The company is also expected to double its turnover this year from £3m to £6m,
Adrian said: “It’s been a fantastic start in business for us. The advice and the support from the Growth Hub has worked wonders. We needed the finance to be able to have enough cashflow to be able to buy materials as it takes some time to build credibility with a supplier.
“The market has been really strong and it’s very likely we’ll need to recruit more people very soon too.
“We already employ several members of family - including my father, who I worked for previously. I don’t think he minds taking instructions from me.”
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