- Seddon’s painting team wins major contract with Transport for Greater Manchester, undertaking vital reactive maintenance and refurbishment works across the city’s public transport network.
- The newly secured framework comes off the back of remarkable growth with £6m turnover in 2022 marking a 15x increase from five years ago.
- Strong client relationships and a commitment to quality and service contribute to Seddon's success, with repeat business accounting for over 75% of turnover.
Seddon's painting team has been awarded a major reactive maintenance and refurbishment contract with Transport for Greater Manchester. The three-year framework will see the team working across complex live environments, including carrying out important maintenance works for the region’s 99 Metrolink stations, bus stations and throughout the region’s growing public transport network.
The decorative and reactive maintenance works will significantly improve the appeal of the region's public transport network. It follows the announcement of Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s ambitious plans for the city’s ‘London-Style’ Bee Network as he seeks to revitalise the city’s transport infrastructure. Seddon’s maintenance works will ensure each of the network’s Metrolink and bus stations are in the best possible condition.
The securing of this major new maintenance framework comes off the back of the painting team’s record-breaking turnover of £6 million in 2022. This milestone achievement reflects a remarkable growth rate, as it is 15 times greater than the £400,000 turnover recorded just five years ago.
The team attributes a significant portion of its success to the strong relationships it maintains with its partners and clients. Noteworthy partnerships include an eight-year collaboration with Oasis Academy, which has evolved substantially from its initial framework, as well as Infrastructure Managers Ltd (IML). The team has also established valuable relationships, carrying out key maintenance works for the NHS and numerous local authorities encompassing housing, educational, commercial, and leisure facilities.
The team's commitment to flexibility, attention to detail, and going the extra mile for clients has resulted in repeat business accounting for over 75% of its turnover.
Danny McCann, director of painting and maintenance at Seddon, emphasises the importance of the team’s personnel in delivering projects with speed and minimal disruption to client operations. McCann states, "Our growth stems from the dedication and talent within our team, as well as the strong relationships we foster with our clients. We prioritise quality and service above all else, and our focus on flexibility, adaptability, and reliability sets us apart from the competition. Our recent growth demonstrates that we can handle a high volume of projects without compromising on quality."
McCann joined the business as an apprentice in July 1991 and puts great emphasis on the team’s long-standing tradition of apprenticeship scheme investment. Today, 70% of its workforce has entered the business through apprenticeships before progressing into full-time roles upon graduation. Seddon’s latest apprenticeship intake saw three more individuals join its painting team, accounting for 21% of the intake.
Of the new starts, one apprentice is the third generation of his family to join the painting team. He follows on from his father, currently a painting supervisor within the team and his grandfather, who retired from his role as a painter and decorator a number of years ago. Stories like this help echo Seddon’s family-orientated ethos.
The range of services offered by Seddon's painting team includes maintenance works, internal and external painting, commercial painting repairs, specialist coatings for Grade II listed buildings, mould treatment, and wallpapering.
Looking ahead, Seddon’s painting team aims to achieve further regional growth, expand its presence in Yorkshire and the Midlands and recruit more direct painters. The team's exceptional performance in 2022 has set a new standard, and it remains committed to sustaining momentum by delivering consistent results and refining its operational approach.