Whilst there has been some positive spin in the media recently to the effect that the economy may technically be coming out of recession, there appears to be an industry consensus that the trading conditions encountered during 2009 have been the most difficult for many a year. Although we have not been immune to the challenges posed by the downturn in the economy, we are delighted to confirm that our strong focus on customer service and client relationships has ensured that we continue to record strong sales figures as the contractor of choice for our many customers. Anticipated full year revenue will be circa £43.0m, with the retained profit attained further under pinning an already strong balance sheet.
Some of the projects contributing to our sales effort are listed below and we hope you will find these of interest. As we look towards 2010 and what is forecast to be another demanding year, we seek to build on and extend our established relationships, and hope that we will have the opportunity to work with clients old and new at that time. In the interim we wish you and yours all the best, and trust that you are negotiating a safe passage through the economic maelstrom.
Thomas Johnstone has recently signed up to the 10:10 initiative to reduce our carbon emissions by 10% in 2010. We don’t want to bombard you with information, because we know there is already a lot of it out there, and we don’t want to be accused of greenwashing either, because there is definitely a lot of that going on too. As a company, we are however taking small steps towards becoming more energy efficient, and using initiatives like 10:10 to help guide us on this journey. We don’t claim to know it all, but by the end of 2010 we aim to be more energy efficient and more aware of the environmental impact of our activities, with a strategy to reduce these in every way possible.
We may invite you to join us at one point in this journey, so please watch this space for details.
You might have seen the first edition of Scottish Chamber of Commerce’s Business Scotland magazine (click here if you didn’t). We are proud to have been part of their regeneration feature, something that is prevalent in some aspect of all our lives. Thomas Johnstone are keen to get involved in any regeneration projects being carried out throughout the country. For more information, please contact Graham Kelly.
Staying on the regeneration theme, most of you will have heard about the massive retail transformation at the St Enoch Centre, Glasgow, as part of the regeneration and urban redevelopment of Glasgow City Centre. The £100million project has gradually been taking shape since June 2007 and is now nearing completion. Our Fit-Out, Manufacturing and Decorating divisions have been involved in a 20 week extension and refurbishment project which includes the formation of the new iconic feature wall at main entrance area (situated at the old Clydesdale Bank Building).
In the heart of Glasgow’s, Merchant City, we created a venue for the Teppenyaki chef’s of the Sapporo Restaurant to work their magic on the Teppenyaki grills forming the centre piece of this new 150 cover restaurant.
The Sapporo Restaurant opened at the end of September, following a 14 week fit-out. Despite strict building regulations for the numerous grills, in addition to working alongside Teppenyaki chefs as they practiced their culinary skills, the team handed over the restaurant ahead of schedule to a delighted client.
Not to be outdone by all the activity on the west coast, our team in Edinburgh has recently finished works at the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Our Fit-Out, Manufacturing, Decorating and Mechanical and Electrical divisions were involved in the fit-out of the shop and interactive learning area, and manufacture of six large display cases, within the new build visitor centre. Although a small part of the £15million centre which opened on Wednesday 7th of October, it is a magnificent venue for all those nature lovers amongst us as the photos on our website demonstrate.
We recently spent a lot of time and effort changing the format of our company profiles. We fully considered what you might want (and we even spoke to many of you) but we would really like to know what you think now it is complete. If you have a spare 5 minutes please click the link for our (environmentally friendly) electronic profile.
Let us know what you think, all feedback will be greatly received: positive, negative or otherwise.
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This will be the last One Vision newsletter until the new year, so we wish you all a pleasant festive season, and more importantly hope that the new year will bring our industry, and the economy as a whole, some good fortune.
Posted on 18/11/2009