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Blog: SME of the Year SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Warner Surveys

16 June 2020

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SME of the Year SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Warner Surveys

As a specialist land and engineering survey company, the past 12 months have been exciting for Warner Surveys, with an unprecedented level of profitable growth and expansion. In 2019 they achieved turnover of £16.4m up from £9.8m in 2018 – an increase of 67%. With favourable profit margins and growth in net assets, a robust and resilient business has been developed in a challenging construction sector. This financial performance has resulted in selection for The Financial Times 1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies (March 2020).

Warner Surveys aims to position itself as the ‘go to’ survey company by providing exceptional customer service. Their strategy focuses on delivering outstanding quality and communication whilst pushing into new markets and geographic locations. With existing offices in Reading and London, an office has recently been opened in Birmingham which has expanded services to the Midlands.

As a technology-driven company, new hardware and software allow for continuous development and improvement. Warner Surveys is in a constant state of R&D investment, engaging with technology manufacturers to ensure they offer the best service possible for each type of survey.

In 2019 Warner Surveys Utility Mapping Limited was established, a new company that focuses on sub-surface utility mapping. Its services have generated significant interest and turnover is starting to steadily grow as a result.

Expansion has not just been in the UK.  Drawing on existing in-country relationships, 2019 saw the creation of WG Group LLP, a Joint Venture undertaking in Kazakhstan. They are confident that current investment will generate benefit to the wider Group in the foreseeable future and continue to support sustainable growth.

Their staff are the key to success and Warner Surveys try to create a safe and enjoyable place to work that enables and supports all staff to achieve their potential. They have an exceptional safety record and continue to support staff with various professional qualifications provided by The Survey Association and The Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors. As Warner Surveys was established in 1979, staff engagement saw a boost as they organised various staff events to celebrate 40 years of trading.

One standout project for Warner Surveys has been the Future Growth Project, the building of a new refinery for Tengizchevroil in Kazakhstan. This is the world’s largest modular build project. Warner Surveys are undertaking the dimensional control responsibilities to ensure that each module, having been built at different fabrication yards across the world, fits together first time making for both a faster and safer project.    

Warner Surveys is an entrepreneurial SME that appreciates its corporate social responsibilities and seeks opportunities to engage locally whenever possible as evidenced by recent university sponsorship arrangements.


Highlights:

  • Significant growth in turnover, including 67% in the past 12 months
  • Overcoming challenges that exist when working on international construction projects, particularly in emerging economies such as Kazakhstan
  • Creation of a learning environment in which young people can train, acquire and develop their surveying skills.


About the SME of the Year Award: 

SMEs are the backbone of the industry and are recognised by Constructing Excellence for their dominance of and contribution to the supply chain. Department for Business Innovation and Skills suggest that 99.9% of UK construction contracting businesses are SMEs and some of the greatest innovation and best practice can be identified in this sector.

> Find out more about the other finalists here

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