Integra Buildings has claimed the prestigious title of Large Business of the Year at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.
The East Yorkshire-based company, which is at the forefront of the UK’s rapidly-expanding modular construction sector, took the coveted prize at a glittering celebration of the very best of the local business community.
It follows a highly successful year for the fast-growing firm, which has completed a £3m transformation of its operations in Paull, east of Hull, and was named as one of just 24 contractors for the Government’s pioneering £1.2bn drive to deliver modular building projects to public sector organisations.
The annual awards recognise business excellence in 16 categories, from rising stars to the region’s biggest employers.
Integra was shortlisted in what the judges described as an “extremely competitive” category, alongside Neill and Brown Global Logistics, a leading provider of air and freight services, and Soanes Poultry, which each year delivers five million award-winning chickens, bred to high welfare standards, to customers around the UK.
The judges praised Integra for its “product development and strong performance in a competitive and growing sector”. They said picking a winner was a very difficult decision, but Integra had edged ahead of the other finalists.
Announcing the winner, the awards host, BBC news presenter Louise Minchin, said Integra was “a large business that the region can truly be proud of”.
The achievement comes just two years after the company claimed the title of Medium-Sized Business of the Year at the 2017 Hull Daily Mail Business Awards. This year, after enjoying a period of rapid growth, it qualified for the “Large Business” category for the first time.
Integra specialises in providing “bespoke” modular buildings, which are designed and constructed to each client’s exact requirements at Paull, before being delivered and installed on site.
The company’s entry highlighted how Integra had enjoyed the busiest and most profitable year in its history, delivering a greater volume and variety of projects than ever before, and driving turnover to a projected figure of £30m this year - a remarkable rise of 66 per cent over three years.
Last year, the firm completed a three-year growth strategy, doubling production capacity, and moved into a new, state-of-the-art headquarters building, which was manufactured on site using cutting-edge modular construction techniques.
Managing Director Gary Parker said: “We’re absolutely delighted to receive this award, which reflects a landmark year for our business, during which we successfully completed our £3m growth strategy and won the most significant contracts in our history.
“It’s quite an honour to be recognised in what are the most prestigious awards of their kind in the Hull area, among so many excellent businesses whose talent and ingenuity is driving forward the local economy. We’re proud to be a part of such an entrepreneurial business community.
“This award is a testament to the skill and dedication of our brilliant team, who strive day in, day out to provide our customers with the best possible service.
“I would also like to thank our many valued clients, partners and suppliers for their loyalty, support and encouragement over the years, which has made this achievement possible.”
This award is a testament to the skill and dedication of our brilliant team, who strive day in, day out to provide our customers with the best possible service.
The award is the latest accolade for Integra, which last year won the East Riding of Yorkshire Chairman’s Award for Business of the Year (51 or more employees) and was named by the London Stock Exchange as one of 1,000 companies to inspire Britain.
Mr Parker added: “Our success is built on meeting and exceeding the expectations of every customer, through the exceptional quality of our products and the passion and knowhow of our people, many of whom have been with us since the early days.
“We’re particularly pleased that the judges recognised the strength of our product development, in which we have invested heavily, both in terms of cutting-edge facilities and staff recruitment and training. We continuously strive to push the boundaries of what can be accomplished with off-site construction.
“We’re incredibly proud of all we have achieved over the past year and believe our business has a strong future. We’re very excited by what’s to come.”
The Hull Daily Mail Business Awards ceremony was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Hull city centre and was attended by an audience of 500 local business leaders and their staff. It featured a keynote address by Sahar Hashemi, the entrepreneur and founder of Coffee Republic.
To find out more about Integra Buildings’ innovative products, visit www.integrabuildings.co.uk, call 01964 626761 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org