Monday, May 9, 2016

News: Airmaster takes aim at £10m turnover

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Airmaster, a full mechanical services provider based at Swallownest in Rotherham, has made changes to its top tier as it aims to power through the £10m turnover mark.

Airmaster design, install and maintain bespoke, energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems for a range of market sectors.

As founder Richard Pogson steps away from the company he founded in 1992 to pursue his interests in house and car projects, resources director Lisa Pogson becomes joint managing director with former operations director Mark Staniland.

Richard's co-director Tony England also steps down to spend more time in France.

The firm expanded into new premises, a converted pub, in 2011, which enabled growth in all departments, most prominently contracts and administration.

Lisa Pogson, President Elect at the Barnsley Rotherham Chamber and a founding member of their Women in Business group is delighted to be at the helm as Airmaster's growth accelerates at a colossal pace.

Lisa said: "Our turnover target was £7m this year, but we have already smashed £9.5m. We now have 40 staff and our numbers are growing almost daily. We're currently looking for a site supervisor in the South and more field engineers shortly."

Joint MD Mark Staniland puts the growth down to engaging with the government's sadly defunct Growth Accelerator programme and numerous successful bids for million pound contracts.

Mark said: "A typical Airmaster job now ranges from £700k to £1.8m. We have attracted big national names like Morgan Sindall Group, Oktra and Area Squared.

"We are still growing our maintenance team and increasing contracts. Next year in our 25th anniversary year, we aim to break £10m."

Most recent team members include project engineer Michael Archbould, from Aston. He joins Airmaster with ten years of experience at York-based multinational Shepherd Engineering Services and a stint as site supervisor at Sheffield University's AMRC.

Hallam graduate, mechanical design engineer James Dawson of Kelham Island had been looking for a mechanical design engineer role for a year before he was introduced to Airmaster through a local recruiter's graduate programme.

Airmaster website

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