The FMB’s report on salaries across the construction industry has thrown up some surprising statistics. One that resonated with us here at Craven is that fact that the salary of a scaffolder now surpasses that of a university-trained architect, reflecting the increasing demand for construction skills in the UK.
News of the Craven Foundation hits the press
This week saw news of the Craven Foundation hit the Manchester press, with Business Desk sharing Craven’s pledge to support disadvantaged children and young people have a better future.
Each year, The Craven Group will select a handful of deserving causes to support – with time, mentoring, employment opportunities and donations.
Since its launch in January 2018, The Craven Foundation has already lent support to three deserving causes: Learning Point, a community initiative that aims to improve numeracy and literacy; Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy, which is at the heart of the Wythenshawe community and keeps local kids off the streets; and giving primary school children in Salford the chance to watch a super league rugby match.
The first financial donation of £1,000 by the Craven Foundation goes Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy, an organisation close to Dermot’s heart. The boxing centre is run by a team of volunteers who, as well as being avid boxers, are dedicated to teaching children and young people respect, discipline and manners.
The Craven vans look the part!
At Craven we’ve been busily working away to make sure everything looks the business, including a new fleet of vans, our yard and offices.
Here’s two of the latest Craven Scaffolding vans, just before they head off to the next project.
Our customers do the talking!
After a busy few months at Craven Scaffolding, we caught up with some of our customers to find out what they thought of our work. It’s always a proud moment for the team when you hear feedback like this!
Terry Cummins, Cummins Engineering: ‘’We’re always very pleased with the scaffolding projects delivered by Craven. From design to installation, the team are professional and efficient and always get the job done with minimum fuss.’’
Tim Kelly, Kelly Group: ‘’We’ve used Craven Scaffolding on a number of large projects and the team are great every time. It’s fast, efficient and the right price.’’
John Kennedy, JMK Civil Engineering: ‘’Why do we choose Craven Scaffolding? We know we’re in safe hands. The team are well trained, they care about doing a great job and they always deliver exactly to our requirements.’’
Having joined the team in 2017 to head up Craven Scaffolding’s Midlands operation, Steve’s motto is ‘the sky is the limit’. Here he shares his story about what his first months have been like, the jobs already in the bag and why he likes the scaffolding business.
Steve, how did the Craven job come about?
I was taken on to open the Craven Scaffolding Midlands depot, which seemed like a great challenge to me. I started in June, heading over to the Manchester depot first to learn the ropes and find out how Craven liked to work. By August we’d got the keys to the Midlands yard and it was time to get cracking.
What was the first month like, busy?
Absolutely, we’ve started it up from scratch – which means plenty of hard work, but it’s great to see it moving forward. There’s times when it’s really tested my patience, but we’re getting there now. I’ve got a team of five lads, including myself and the yard has room for about twelve, so we’re already looking at ways we can grow.
Steve Binfield, Dermot Craven, Archie Craven
What companies have you been working with?
The Midlands team have worked on all sorts of jobs, from front and back designs to projects that need us to hold up the whole building – working with companies such as Total Roof Control, Double M Limited, C&C Plastering, Dragonfly and the DIY chain Wickes. Another of the bigger jobs is working with Excelsior Land and Dorchester Living, who we’ll be working with for over nine months.
What got you into scaffolding?
I started working with scaffold over twenty years ago now, in 1995 – when a friend of mine got his own business. It worked well, and I stayed there for over five years until he retired. Then I moved on to industrial work, before looking for a new challenge, which led me to Craven. The challenge is exciting – it would need to be to get you up in the morning and keep you working so hard throughout the day.
What does 2018 look like for Craven’s Midlands team?
The sky really is the limit! I think it’s all about small steps, learning to walk and then learning to run. Setting up the Midlands depot was a challenge, but now we’re up and running there’s no stopping us. Our aim is to be the biggest and the best.