As we start our 21st year in business, John C Wilkins, Group Managing Director of the JCW Group said that everyone here in the group is in a confident mood.
John also mentions that the re-branding and the changes to our corporate structure which we carried out in early 2013 have been well received by all within the business as well as people outside the business.
20 Years of Success
The economy is well in recovery mode and the construction industry is experiencing a real upturn, especially in London and the South East and the outlook for 2014 and everyone involved with JCW Group is looking good.
During 2013 we have added two new screeding teams to help us cope with the increased demand and as we are a national operator in the floor screeding, acoustic flooring installation and acoustic products distribution sectors here at JCW we’ve been well placed to benefit from the upturn in the construction industry.
This December just gone was year-end 2013 and with completed work and the forward order book, our projected annual turnover for the group was a healthy £11 million. This comprised of £5 million for JCW Flooscreeding, another £5 million for JCW Acoustic Supplies and finally £1 million for JCW Acoustic Flooring.
There have been structural and managerial changes to the way that JCW Acoustic Supplies operates and there has been a comprehensive range review of JCW Specialist Supplies. This will now focus on supplying a range of underfloor heating products and accessories.
In Q3 of last year, manufacturing was ceased at the site in Latvia and was brought in-house to our Bolton headquarters site. The result of this is that there’s been a great improvement in the “hands on” quality control of our products and there is also a quite noticeable shortening of our order delivery lead times to a maximum of 3 – 5 days.
Last but not least, after extensive market research we’ve formalised plans to maximise the opportunities that have been presented to us. We have created a new division of JCW Acoustic Supplies to supplement these opportunities.
The new division we’ve set up is called JCW Acoustic Supplies Qatar and this means that we can commence the distribution of our products to construction contractors who are working on the infrastructure build for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.