Chippenham-based MJ Church has reported a robust year of trading ahead of a strong pipeline for the forthcoming year.
The civil engineering, waste management, heavy plant hire and haulage company saw turnover increase by 10.5% up to its year end on 30th September 2018, and also passed the £50m mark for the first time in its history, from £47.6m in 2017 to £53.2m in 2018.
Early in 2018 the company restructured its business to focus on three key areas of plant and transport, civil engineering and waste Solutions. The principle objective was to maximise the businesses potential across key sectors of infrastructure, public sector, commercial, industrial and residential.
Ben Staff, Group Managing Director, said, “Objectives within the civil engineering business have been to secure principal contractor work, opening up a broader client base for us. We have secured principal contracts with clients including Dyson, Bloor Homes, Crest Nicholson, Countryside Properties and Highways England and continue to be able to engage the services of our plant and transport division with this work providing a much greater degree of control. We continue to secure large subcontract works, predominantly in the earthworks and highways sector on major projects such as a new junction on the M49 north of Bristol.
“We have seen greater increased awareness of waste recycling through high profile campaigns; natural historian David Attenborough’s campaign has very much brought the issue of plastic waste to the fore. We have well established supply chains for the processing of waste and plastics. We have a team in place that explore innovative end markets for the waste we process such as ‘waste to energy’, where waste that cannot be recycled back into a supply chain in converted to a fuel source. Significant investment in technologically advanced processing facilities is planned in 2019 to support these processes.”
2018 also saw the first 50 tonne machines being added to the MJ Church fleet as well as the completion of its new state-of-the-art maintenance facilities for its transport fleet.
Ben Staff added, “2019 is about building on the solid performance of 2018, we have a dynamic team and investment programme in place, a fresh new image which you’ll see more of soon, a secure pipeline in place and a strong appetite for continued growth.”