Ayrshire building contractors Skinners appoint new general manager in England

From: Fame Publicity Services
Published: Sun Sep 07 2008

FOLLOWING another year of successful growth, building contractors William Skinner & Son have announced the reorganisation of the company into two divisions, based respectively in Cambridgeshire, England and Ayrshire in Scotland.

The company headquarters located on the perimeter of Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire will provide certain common services to both divisions.

As part of the reorganisation, a new Regional General Manager has been appointed to head up the Southern Division.

He is Peter Rawlings (40) who lives in Histon, Cambridgeshire.

Until recently, Peter had been running his own property maintenance, refurbishment and building services company, but felt that the time was right to move to this newly created role with the challenges involved in in spearheading William Skinner & Son’s expansion plans for its southern operation.

Peter Rawlings said: "I am delighted about having this opportunity to join William Skinner & Son during this exciting time of growth of the Southern Division.

"We are currently operating on a relatively small scale compared to what the directors and I feel is achievable.

"Having been warmly welcomed to the company, I hope to make a significant contribution to the success and growth of the Southern Division."

William Skinner & Son managing director Sandy Cunningham commented: "We see the Southern Division based in Cambridge being instrumental in the company’s UK expansion programme.

"The company continues to grow its current client base and skills range, and is exploiting opportunities in many new emerging markets such as renewable energy.

"William Skinner & Son has traditional values which run in conjunction with 21st century principles.

"The appointment of Peter Rawlings as Regional General Manager of our Southern Division has helped to strengthen our team still further, and will help to concentrate the company’s focus at a local level."


Building contractors William Skinner & Son’s Ayrshire and Cambridgeshire bases cover Scotland and Eastern England with activities including building maintenance with 24-hour helpdesk, retail refurbishment and construction, painting, joinery manufacture, metal fabrication, terrazzo tiling, shopfitting, Sika Trocal and Ward Topdeck roofing, and solar hot water installation.

William Skinner & Son have recently diversified into tree houses with contracts from leading hotel and conference centre group De Vere Venues.

They have also made a successful entrance into the solar heating market, attracting a large number of new clients throughout the UK, and have demonstrated their commitment to the wider field of renewable energy by installing a 6kW Proven wind turbine at their HQ in St. Quivox and including PV panels in the design for their proposed office extension.

The aim now is to offer general advice on the suitability of any of the available renewable energy techniques, or any mix of them, to solve individual energy supply problems, and they are developing a consortium of available local expertise to help them develop that.

Founded in 1964, Skinners made their first move down south into England five years ago, renting a site and offices in Saffron Walden in Essex from which to carry out the substantial amount of refurbishment work they were then doing for supermarket giant Tesco.

But the company’s recent expansion and diversification into new areas of business including renewable energy and tree houses has made necessary the purchase of their own larger facilities comprising an 8,000 sq ft yard, 1,900 sq ft of office space, and a 1,620 sq ft warehouse.

The new premises in Meldreth, near Cambridge, were officially opened recently by Andrew Lansley, MP for South Cambridgeshire.

William Skinner & Son managing director Sandy Cunningham said: "Our commitment at Cambridge is a measure of the importance to us of the market in London, the South East, Midlands and East Anglia.

"The Meldreth base provides high quality warehouse, workshop and office accommodation from which we can develop and control our market penetration. It has capacity for expansion to support several times its present level of activity."

Managing director Sandy Cunningham concluded: "William Skinner & Son is now expanding satisfactorily on all fronts from our headquarters in Ayrshire and our new base in south-east England. We are traditional building contractors who have developed a diverse range of untraditional new skills, and we want potential clients in England and in Scotland to be aware of the comprehensive building skills and experience that we offer."


William Skinner & Son
Head Office
Cunningham House
St Quivox
Ayr KA6 5HQ

Telephone: 0845 051 9060
Fax: 01292 671133

College Farm Business Centre
North End
Meldreth, Cambridgeshire

Telephone: 0845 051 9070
Fax: 01763 262916

Contact: Sandy Cunningham
Managing Director
Tel: 0845 051 9060
Fax: 01292 671133
E-mail: scunningham@williamskinner.co.uk

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Building contractors William Skinner & Son are members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association formed last year of some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the rich diversity of industry, commerce and business services available within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse and the Western House Hotel, and member company activities include building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@gmail.com

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

Clydesdale Bank http://www.cbonline.co.uk
Ayr Racecourse http://www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
Western House Hotel http://www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk/hotel.html
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk
Frazer Coogans Solicitors http://www.frazercoogans.co.uk
Accident & Injury Claims Centre http://www.accidentclaims.com
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers http://www.mackaycorporate-brokers.com
Donald Ross Estate Agents: http://www.donaldross.co.uk
William Skinner & Son Building Contractors http://www.williamskinner.co.uk
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants http://www.sinclairscott.com
Paligap Creative Agency http://www.paligap.com
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects http://www.arpl.co.uk
Brunston Castle Golf Club http://www.brunstoncastle.co.uk
Accident & Injury Claims Centre http://www.accidentclaims.com
Visimetrics http://www.visimetrics.com
Fouters Restaurant http://www.fouters.co.uk
Christie Financial Planning Ltd http://www.christiefp.com
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors http://www.alwsurveyors.com
Kestrel Press http://www.kestrelpress.com
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Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

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