Exeter-based construction consultant Taylor Lewis is expanding into Cornwall.
While it has been a difficult 12 months for the construction industry, project manager and chartered quantity surveyor Taylor Lewis believes the time is right for expansion and is opening an office in Truro’s Lemon Street, to be run by company director Ben Couch.
In the last couple of years the company has secured several major projects in the county and is now looking to build on its established reputation in Cornwall.
“It’s a difficult time for any company,” said Couch, “but this is a financial commitment that we, as a company, wanted to make. Despite the recession, we’ve had a positive 12 month trading period and we believe this move will put Taylor Lewis in the right place at the right time.”
The chairman of the Truro Chamber of Commerce, David Tandy, welcomed the decision and says it’s indicative of both the company’s good economic health and that of the city.
He said: “Far from being doom and gloom we’ve actually had more businesses open in Truro in the last 12 months than we have close and, like them, we welcome this new enterprise to the county: the more professional services of this type coming to Truro and Cornwall the better.”
Taylor Lewis, set up in 1992, has established many long-term relationships both regionally and nationally, including those within the housing, retail and leisure sectors. Its services have recently expanded to provide housing associations and property developers with a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment – part of the Government’s drive to ensuring that all new homes are zero carbon by 2016.
Company founder and director, Alun Lewis says it’s part of the business plan to expand both internally and externally. He explained: “We’ve built up a very strong business from Exeter over the years, growing our company and investing in our staff, so that we can continue to offer our clients an excellent – and evolving – service. Opening an office in Truro is the next step for us but it will not be the last.”
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