Exciting growth plans in 2016 for Ford & Stanley
We're only four days into the New Year and it's already looking to be an exciting 2016 for Ford & Stanley.
The company is set to double the size of its base in Royal Scot Road, Pride Park, by taking over a neighbouring 2,500 sq ft unit. This will effectively double the amount of space for the business, providing offices and training areas. At the same time, the company has announced plans to add an extra 20 people to its ranks, bringing the number to more than 40.
The expansion comes off the back of a stellar year for the firm, which was founded by chairman Pete Schofield.
The firm is on course to grow gross profits this year by 41.8%. Its growth has been largely fuelled by a strong demand for talent in the UK rail sector.
According to head of sales and commercial, Daniel Taylor the demand for talent has coincided with the Government's investment in the railways. Projects include the electrification of major lines, including the Midland Main Line which serves Derby, Crossrail and HS2.
Mr Taylor said: "There is a really high demand for the best talent. Our job is to go out and find these people on behalf of our clients. These are exciting times for the rail industry. Massive investments are being made but the UK needs the talent to deliver these projects, which is where we come in."
To cope with the increase in demand for talent, Ford and Stanley is now investing in its own workforce. Dan said: "We simply need more space to cope with our growth. As Derby is the epicentre of the UK rail industry, we were determined to remain in the city."