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Record year for historic construction company

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A 130-year-old construction company responsible for some of South Yorkshire’s best known buildings has secured another prestigious contract.

CD Potter, which was established in the late 1800s and is still family owned, has just secured a £1.2m contract to refurbish the existing maternity suite at Barnsley General Hospital.

The business, which is run independently of the Potter family and employs 18, counts Hoyland Town Hall, the Hillsborough Memorial in Sheffield and the former SR Gent factories among its well-known builds.

The Barnsley-based firm has had a record year with turnover increasing from £2m to £3.4m, largely due to a growing number of schools and NHS contracts. The schools market now accounts for 50 per cent of the company’s orders.

Director Chris Barrow, who is marking his 30th year with the company, said:

“These have been a tough few years in the construction industry but CD Potter is definitely bucking the trend.

“We’re going head to head with much larger construction businesses on tenders and we’re winning them.

“We’ve been working on public sector contracts for decades; our reputation is first class and altogether it’s standing us in very good stead.”

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The new contract at Barnsley Hospital will see CD Potter undertake a 20-week programme to refurbish existing facilities, construct a new birthing suite and create a place for relatives to stay.

The company is managing the whole contract including mechanical and electrical suppliers.

CD Potter has also been receiving support from the business team at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) through the Enterprising Barnsley programme.

Staff have received SAGE training, marketing support and are now working with BBIC mentors to achieve ISO accreditations.

He added:

“The team at BBIC have been very supportive and the SAGE training has allowed us to implement very effective administrative changes.

The support was exactly what we needed and is helping us to grow the business further.”

Kevin Steel, Business Development Manager at Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC) which is managing the programme, said:

“CD Potter has been making a significant contribution to the local economy for 130 years.

The company’s supply chain is 90 per cent local and the fact that they are growing is superb news. It has been a pleasure to support them.”

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The CD Potter team

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