With a string of regional business awards to his name and growing portfolio of engineering and construction projects it’s no wonder that Mike Hawkins, Managing Director of the Hawkins Group is feeling very positive about the future…
The Oxfordshire based construction company was founded in 1978 by Mick Hawkins as a sole trader. Hawkins Roofing quickly became known for its quality and reliable service building the basis for the fantastic reputation that the group are proud of today. Since being joined by his son, Mike Hawkins whose understanding of the business and its client’s requirements, quickly saw the addition of Hawkins Steel Ltd offering a complete range of bespoke steel fabrication and stockholding services, the business has gone from strength to strength.
Following a company restructure in 2014, Mike Hawkins took the helm as Managing Director for the group and another new addition to the group was launched – Hawkins Projects Ltd, specialising in turn key project management. As the company grew there became a need for each business to have a more dedicated focus and Mike appointed two directors to head up each of the individual businesses. Paul Jackson, appointed Director for Hawkins Projects Ltd and Hawkins Roofing Ltd and John Baker appointed Director for Hawkins Steel Ltd with the aim of driving these businesses forward.
With a strong leadership and management team now in place The Hawkins Group are set for more continued growth. With the foundations of financial stability and control of all of its businesses they aim to continue to grow by more than 40% in 2019.
The Hawkins Group are currently involved in many exciting projects, from general construction to technical engineering. The group will deliver in excess of £25M of high-profile projects, ranging from factory refurbishments, to installation of large manufacturing facilities and office refurbishments to name just a few of the projects. There are no limits to the services the group can provide or the locations in which they can provide it. Not only have they completed projects throughout the UK but have also worked in Europe, Singapore and America.
Growth within the business has been driven by a reputation for delivering complex engineering and construction solutions. As their reputation grows so does the business and the client’s requests and requirements. The group are always looking for new clients that require a contractor with skilled construction and engineering staff that can deliver bespoke projects with particular attention to Health and Safety, budget control and programme management.
One of the Hawkins Groups key strengths is having control over the major aspects of their building projects. They are able to utilise the businesses within the group and support each other with requirements for each project. The groups own design office based in their Banbury headquarters allow the group to quicken design times for clients and remove the risk of design coordination by undertaking this between in house teams.
“Our growth and success is dedicated to our experienced and qualified workforce, they provide first class quality services to our loyal customer base on a daily basis” Mike Hawkins Managing Director Hawkins Group
The Hawkins group have grown significantly in recent years and now employ over 100 people at its Banbury based Headquarters. The company have invested heavily over the past 10 years with new buildings, the latest manufacturing machinery, equipment and software. In the past 12 months they have purchased new office space for 25 new employees in Hawkins Projects along with new laser profiling machines and new cranes for Hawkins Steel.
As a business the group attributes its success to employing highly skilled, technical people. The workforce has steadily grown over the years. New employees have been recruited to build on the existing platform of expertise. Training and coaching of all of the staff employed within the group has been a vital part of team development. In 2018 over 2000 hours of staff development were completed. The group provide opportunities such as apprenticeships to school leavers and also development programmes and training for all existing employees. Along with growth also came changes that have challenged the business team to ensure that these changes are managed successfully. A continuous improvement leader joined the business in 2017 to deliver changes and to develop processes and individuals across the group.
“There is no substitute for hard work and no better feeling than the satisfaction of great feedback from a happy customer, It’s these values that have enabled the group to proudly have a high customer retention rate with 93% of customers returning to Hawkins to request more work”
Mike Hawkins Managing Director Hawkins Group
The Hawkins Group have been working to the same values that have been instilled within the business since its first day of trading. The ethos of the company is based on employing a team of extremely hardworking individuals, with a blend of skills to ensure that they can deliver on whatever is required for their customers. The group’s ambition is to continue to develop its people and businesses. They take pride in themselves as experts in delivering dynamic solutions to an exceptionally high standard whilst always taking into consideration the customers vision and what they expect to achieve from their project. With a such a strong reputation within the construction and engineering industry to uphold, the focus is to continue to build upon that reputation.
The Hawkins Group take pride in always providing their customers with a more than satisfactory service and make it a priority to continue to offer great value and services to its customers. Receiving thanks from a happy customer at the end of a job has always been of great importance to Hawkins and something that is still at the core of their values today.