Welcome to the June edition of “One Vision”. As the industry continues to feel the effects of the credit crunch, we are pleased to confirm that Thomas Johnstone has enjoyed sustained growth in a difficult market place. In this edition we will give you a brief overview of how we started the year.
Our annual accounts to 31 December 2008 delivered a very healthy set of numbers for 2008, with revenue rising from £37m to £44m and retained profits further underpinning an already strong balance sheet. Our first quarter sales are 20% up on the equivalent period for 2008, and a solid forward order book is testament to our established relationships and proven track record.
Since 1868 we have been manufacturing bespoke joinery to an exceptionally high standard. We therefore wanted to take this opportunity to show you what happens in 30,000sq ft of manufacturing workshop space, and showcase some of our recent successes.
Please click here for a short manufacturing supplement.
Words and images can’t always do the reality justice, and for that reason we extend an open invitation to you to visit our workshop and view our capabilities first hand. To arrange a visit, or simply obtain more information, please contact Manufacturing.
We started with a shell construction in Livingston and transformed it into a fully functioning two-storey office and laboratory complex for the Quintiles Corporation. Working to tight timescales and the exacting standards necessary to achieve specific lab conditions meant adherence to strict procedures and protocol. However, our extensive experience in delivering similar laboratory projects helped the whole team effectively pre-plan and mitigate any potential problems. The completed works were handed over on the due date of 30th of March 2009 to a delighted client, impressed with our approach and the quality of workmanship throughout.
Our project teams have recently completed a number of high end luxury projects. These include the very successful Hotel du Vin at Bristo Place in Edinburgh, which was met with great acclaim and compliments from both the client and their customers. This was a particularly complicated but ultimately satisfying project for our site team who derived great support from all associated with the works.
Our project manager commented that:
"It was an intense job, transforming a difficult gap site and derelict building into a boutique hotel in 52 weeks. The project had many challenges, not least its land locked position within a triangle of three arterial routes in the centre of Edinburgh, and so it is really satisfying to see it complete, fully operational and trading well."
The March edition of Project Scotland showcased the project. It is well worth a look, click to see a copy. (Opens in new window.)
Another impressive project was the full refurbishment and extension of an existing stone built dwelling, in Glasgow to provide a stunning family home. The works involved major structural alterations to re-shape the apartments before a fully coordinated fit-out on a fast-track basis, with ongoing design development and a specification of the highest quality.
Again on the domestic front, a substanial new-build home overlooking the Royal Burgess golf club at Barnton has just been delivered to another delighted customer. Built to an exacting specification and cutting edge design by Architects Yeoman McAlister, it could be described as the fantasy home.
Finally, a particularly interesting development at the Ingliston Equestrian Centre, outside Bishopton, Renfrewshire. This new hospitality venue built over two levels comprises a bar and restaurant area, and includes a mezzanine floor housing a VIP hospitality suite and viewing gallery to the main show jumping arena. Built in an art-deco style and including original artefacts recovered from the Savoy Hotel in London, Ingliston is well worth a visit, and is no longer exclusive to the equestrians amongst us.
As predications for the economic outlook suggest little improvement in trading conditions for the foreseeable future, we continue to focus our efforts on our core values and relationships to deliver the service levels and quality of product you have come to expect. We are fortunate to have a spread of experience over various market sectors, and with each of our support divisions, experts in their own rights, we are certain that we can satisfy any and all of our clients' needs. By consistently providing added value we will emerge from these difficult times with confidence. We hope that you too are weathering the current challenges and we look forward to working with you in the future.
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Posted on 09/06/2009