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Turnover at civil engineering firm passes £50m for first time

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Ben StaffBen StaffCivil engineering firm MJ Church has seen a robust year of trading and is looking forward to a strong pipeline and further investment for 2019 it said in its latest trading report, and with skill shortages it will continue to train and develop young people.

The Chippenham-based company, involved in civil engineering, plant & transport and waste solutions, saw turnover increase in the year to September by some 10.5 percent and pass the £50m mark for the first time in its history, to £53.2m in 2018.

Managing director Ben Staff said: "Principal objectives within the civil engineering business have been to secure principal contractor work, opening up a broader client base for us.

"We have secured principal contracts with clients including Dyson, Bloor Homes, Crest Nicholson, and Highways England.

"We continue to secure large subcontract works, predominantly in the earthworks and highways sector on major projects such as a new junction on the M49 north of Bristol.”

The company has seen greater increased awareness of waste recycling through high profile campaigns; natural historian David Attenborough’s campaign has very much brought the issue of plastic waste to the fore, the company said, adding: “We have well established supply chains for the processing of waste and plastics.”

For the business though, there were some real uncertainties ahead. Like many in the industry, MJ Church is feeling the effects of the skills shortages.

“We are having to think outside the box now on recruitment,” said Ben, “We continue to train and develop young people and I’m really excited by the caliber of people we do have, but with growth comes the requirement for more people and with different skill sets.”