This July, Manchester construction company Red Tree Building Contractors mark their 10 year anniversary. Since their establishment in 2009, the company has completed over 1000 projects in the healthcare, education, commercial and office fit sectors, with the majority of their projects taking place in the North West.
Over the last 10 years, Red Tree has built a great reputation across the region for providing excellent customer service, demonstrating strong and sustained growth since 2009, with year on year compound growth of 60%.
Managing Directors Tom Eccles and Matt Pimlott met whilst working together at Laing O’Rourke and left to start the Red Tree during the depths of the recession. Within a year they had taken on their first two employees, Paul Millar (Commercial Director) and Mark Kenyon (Project Manager) who are still with the company today. Based in Cadishead, the company now has 45 members of staff and is looking to continue its growth as it embarks on its second decade in business.
The business started with a view to provide a commercial construction offering that was customer centric and focused on problem solving rather than problem finding.
Tom Eccles described their beginnings: “Initially myself and Matt undertook all of the works ourselves hands-on, driving around in two Vectra estates laden with building gear. When we started, the work was a mixture of domestic and commercial work, over time and as the team grew we moved solely into commercial work and focused our sectors on Healthcare, Education, Commercial and Office Fit-Out.”
The team has continued to grow as their reputation expands through the market place and they employ a broad range of people from varied backgrounds and sectors, focusing on cultural fit as the primary driver for hires, helping to keep the initial ethos and ideas of the business alive.
Red Tree has been responsible for over 10m sq ft of built and refurbished space in the Manchester area in the last decade, including projects for Imperial War Museum North, NHS Property Services, Iceland, Kimberly Clark, and PZ Cussons. They are currently completing a £4m refurbishment of Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk campus.
Tom continued: “When we started the business, Matt & I had a clear idea about the type of business we wanted Red Tree to be, both in terms of a customer experience, but also importantly as the type of company Red Tree would be to work for. We felt then, and still do just as strongly now, that if the internal culture of the business was right, and we employ a team who instinctively understands and develops that culture, then this will flow out positively to our customers and our reputation will ultimately precede us. This belief has borne fruit and the team and our particular way of doing business has proven to be the foundation of our continued organic growth.
“We’re excited for the next 10 years of delivering construction projects in the Red Tree way for both old and new customers alike, continuing to broaden our reach and build on our reputation in the Healthcare, Education, Commercial and Office Fit-Out sectors. Whilst we continue to adopt new technologies that enhance our project delivery, we always keep front of mind that people do business with people, and it’s our team that mine and Matt’s thanks goes to for the last 10 years.”
To celebrate their anniversary, Red Tree will be hosting a summer garden party at Manchester’s Oast House’s Aperol Terrace. The event will include games and live music and will raise money for Dogs For Good charity – funding the training of assistance dogs.