It’s been a busy year for Ultimate and a lot has happened that we’re very proud of.
It started with the opening of our fourth regional office in Liverpool, run by Colin who took on the new role of Business Development Manager working on securing new business for the company, with a focus on furniture and fit out projects. Having successfully completed the fit out of several Mercure Hotels and Holiday Inn, Gatwick, an opportunity was seen to further develop this area. This has been strengthened by appointing David Branson to focus solely in the Hotel and Leisure sector.
A great achievement for the company this year has been receiving the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 accreditation. The efforts of Vici and the Ultimate team in implementing a quality and environmental management system have meant achieving the accreditation with zero non-conformances! Continuing to drive processes to continually meet the Quality and Environmental Standards, ensuring a standard of performance that clients can trust.
There was a trip to Munich in February to visit Steelcase Live to see the latest of what Steelcase has to offer. In March two of our Directors went overseas to visit showrooms which included going to Valencia to explore the amazing Porcelanosa Group including their Venis, Urbatek and L’Antic Colonial showrooms. In September we even ventured to Poland for a furniture installation project.
Clerkenwell Design Week is always an inspiring week and the furniture team had a great time checking out all the different brands showing there. We’ve also exhibited at two shows this year, the new Commercial Design Show in Manchester where we mixed with Architects, Interior Designers, Specifiers, Developers and Main Contractors and the Merseyside Expo in Liverpool where we showcased some of the furniture brands we specify.
We’ve enjoyed supporting our local teams (Arley Barnes of Silsden AFC and Andy Gabriel of Keighley Cougars RLFC). We’ve been following the career of Alex Toth Jones and watched him finish his Ginetta GT5 season on a high at Donington with a podium finish. Alex has now signed with top GT team TF Sport to race the new Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the British GT Championship in 2019- an absolutely great achievement and we’re glad to have supported him.
Organised by The RICS and Sanderson Weatherall, we were the main sponsor for the third year running of RICS North East Golf Day. Participants included GVA, Knight Frank, LSH, MHPI, Naylors, Sanderson Weatherall, SV Runners and Walton Robinson. Always a fun event to be a part of.
This year’s charity has been the Keighley and Airedale Cancer Support which we raised money for with an Easter buffet and raffle and participating in the Bradford Dragon Boat Festival which was great fun! Winning 2 races, almost capsizing and tipping our drummer overboard but most importantly raising over £1,000 for a great cause. Another event we enjoyed was being the Match Ball Sponsors at the Yorkshire Property Charity Football- which since starting in 2005 and has raised almost £400,000 for local charities.
We have continued to create many stunning projects across the year for existing and new clients both for landlords and end users. The below image selection is a snap shot of some of the amazing spaces we have delivered.
A stand out project this year has been our fit out and furniture installation of Holiday Inn, Gatwick. Over 20 weeks, while the hotel remained open for guests, we transformed 126 bedrooms and bathrooms, circulation corridors, open lobby area, reception and bar and restaurant areas.
Lissy Thornquist, General Manager of Interstate Hotels and Resorts shared “It has been an absolute delight working with you and your team during the refurbishment. Without their commitment, dedication and hard work we would not have met all the deadlines. I truly hope we will see you back for phase IV.” (Which we have now secured!)
The growth the company has experienced has seen an increase in staff numbers in 2018 across our furniture and fit out departments. 2018 has been an exciting year for staff milestones with two weddings, a new baby and an engagement.
Turnover growth has been consistent with 58% increase from 2017 to 2018 and looking to maintain consistent in 2019 with a strong sales pipeline already for 2020.
And of course, to top off a great year we won Furniture Provider of the Year at Mixology North in December! We were finalists for 3 out of 4 categories at the awards ceremony – which is an honour in itself. In April and September, we sponsored the Insider Media Awards (North East and Yorkshire), and in September we were shortlisted for Refit and Refurbishment Company of the Year.
This year has been another fantastic success for Ultimate, we have undertaken yet again many amazing projects for many existing and new clients, whilst growing our team and becoming industry award winners. We have a great pipeline and vision for 2019 and are very excited for the future!
Dan Platt, Director, Ultimate
Posted December 19, 2018