This Hull firm has doubled its workforce - and has 'big expansion plans' for 2018
Rachael McDonald, Gary McDonald and Neill Mennell (L to R)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Dec 2017
A Hull-based drainage and industrial cleaning company has nearly doubled its workforce during 2017 thanks to new contracts in the renewable energy sector.
The Drain Company says it has “big expansion plans” for 2018, after looking to expand the industrial cleaning arm of its business (GNC Industrial Cleaning), with a key source of work being the cleaning of heat recovery systems
The company enrolled with the Green Port Growth Programme in early 2016 for support and advice on how to win more contracts in the rapidly growing renewable energy sector in the region.
The firm acted on advice to invest in larger premises, implement a new computerised data management system and create a distinct brand for this new arm of the business, as well as receiving funding to develop new premises in Main Street, Hull.
The changes have resulted in new contract wins, enabling The Drain Company to take on 11 new employees, nearly doubling the firm’s workforce from 14 to 25 staff in less than a year.
Gary McDonald, managing director of The Drain Company said: “We’d purchased new ultra-high-pressure water jetting equipment to enable us to carry out work in renewables but we weren’t sure where to go next.
“After advice from the Green Port Growth Programme’s team, we’ve implemented a purpose-built CRM system which has completely changed the day-to-day running of our business. This is already proving its worth, with a number of new contracts being won on the back of our improved efficiencies.
“We’ve also made decisions about our future, from developing a new brand for our industrial cleaning division, to moving to new, bigger premises in October.
“We have big expansion plans for next year and, due to the support we’ve received, we are confident we can accommodate them.”
Dawn Hall, project manager for the Green Port Growth programme’s business support strand, said: “When The Drain Company first got in touch the management team had just invested heavily in new machinery but they were still saving business data manually in diary-based systems.
“Streamlined admin processes and investment in new staff have allowed key personnel to focus on strategic direction for the firm. We are really pleased we have been able to assist Gary and the team with developing this new area of their business.”
Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said: “The Green Port Growth Programme continues to make a strong contribution to the development of engineering, manufacturing and renewables companies in the area.
“The sector is going from strength-to-strength in the Humber region, with many companies capitalising on the available opportunities to enter the supply chain.”