Not only did we receive awards, get recognition for what we do and share success, we were able to grow our family with new members too.
We have worked on some amazing properties, restoring the beauty in homes around London from Borough to Camden and everywhere in between.
We have seen history made, and played our own small part in marking the passing of time and events we have shared.
Our new family members Andrew and Liam joined the crew in April and December; so far they don't look too frightened, so that's positive.
We have completed a huge project at Cundy Street SW1, delighting the client and winning the thanks and trust of all who live there. It was a delight to meet them all and leave them with such a positive impression of our industry.
Our environmental commitment continued to develop, with new initiatives and ideas coming from every area of the business, and a growing dedication to protecting our communities through our charitable support for diverse organisations doing good around our city.
We were delighted to be recognised with membership of Constructing Better Health, to be listed in the Building Good Employer Guide for 2013, and awarded by Family Business Place and Family Business United as a UK Family Business of the Year amongst some serious household names and longstanding companies.
We revamped our LPG vans with a logo befitting our anniversary, and invested some 20% more in training and development than in 2012.
We have enjoyed some excellent nights out, worn silly masks, sung along to show tunes and been friends as well as colleagues.
Our summer picnic may have been rained off (and thanks to Frank for opening his home so the celebrations could continue) but it came with a lot of laughs and left us happy, proud and feeling part of exciting times for the family. It also left some of the kids present with a burning desire to get a puppy after Niki bought hers along... and he proved a livewire.
Commitment and Courage
Our year has been filled with welcome challenges, happiness, achievement (both persona and business) and a lot of bad jokes courtesy of Andy Raz.
Our commitment to each other and to our clients has grown stronger than ever in recent years- as we have always said, tough times don't last, but tough people do.
Peace of Mind
Our clients have been great this year- developing new ways of working and delivering Peace of Mind for them has been something we have loved getting our teeth into. Thank you to them all for being inimitable and supportive of what we do.
What's success if you don't share it?
We kept giving: Frank topped all the efforts and raised over £6,000 walking 100km in 24 hours for the Construction Youth Trust, while we donated Christmas gifts to SSAFA Norton House, the Metropolitan Police appeal for gifts for children spending Christmas in care, and cash gifts to Shelter, The Trussell Trust, First Touch neonatal care unit and Crisis.
2013 has certainly been a year to remember, and we wish you all a memorable, peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year.