EBL News

Runcorn construction firm EBL boosting workforce by 10%

Record year for sales leads to growth strategy for privately-owned business Construction and development business EBL is expanding its workforce by 10% and heading for record annual sales.

The privately-owned Runcorn-based business is taking on 10 new members of staff – from apprentices to surveyors – to meet the demands of a growing order book.

EBL works across both the residential and commercial sectors. It also specialises in home insurance repairs and operates a national commercial roofing division.

Managing director Eddie Basnett said: “EBL Group is thriving - it’s fantastic to see new work coming in every month and we’re now on course to have a record year of sales.

“This summer we’ll be adding another 10 people to the payroll and those new employees will be helping support us as we grow.”

The new staff – which will take EBL’s total headcount to 110 - will include an experienced quantity surveyor and trainee quantity surveyor and two administrators.

The company has also taken on six apprentices in construction trades such as joinery and bricklaying. All are school and college leavers with four from Halton and two from Liverpool.

Earlier this year, EBL landed a national contract with a high street bank which will result in the firm being the sole point of contact for customers making home insurance claims.

EBL has been involved in this industry for more than 25 years.

The roofing side of the business – which offers national coverage for industrial and commercial premises and annual maintenance – is also going from strength to strength with a new roofing product scheduled for the autumn.

The group is also actively recruiting site managers for its construction sites across the North West. This includes a contract with One Vision Housing to build 69 houses in Fazakerley and Seaforth, in Merseyside.

Mr Basnett said: “During the recession we had to tighten our belt but I’m proud of the fact that we didn’t have to lose any staff. It’s been five years of survival but we can feel that the economy is finally out of the doldrums and construction is booming.

“We’re resurrecting mothballed developments and recently landed a couple of great jobs, which is why we’re more confident about taking on new staff and looking at expanding the business.”

The company’s clients include a wide range of household name businesses, including supermarket chains and international logistics companies among others.

Mr Basnett established the group in 1989 and since then it has grown into an award-winning construction and development firm.

Today, it has four divisions: general building/construction; commercial developments; home insurance repairs; and commercial roofing.