Clugston, the privately owned Group of companies, which has interests in construction, logistics and property, has announced a return to pre-recession turnover levels and record profits in its latest set of accounts.
Figures for the year, 2012/13, show turnover increased by 30 percent to £108.7m from £83.8m in the previous year and a threefold increase in pre-tax profit from £2.0m to £6.1m.
Despite the current economic climate, the Group, which celebrated its 75th anniversary of continuous trading in 2012, can also look forward with even further confidence having already secured a forward order book in excess of £220m. The Construction division of the company, which saw turnover increase by 32% from £73.8m to £97.5m, is currently working on four Energy from Waste (EfW) projects: in Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, Oxfordshire and Shropshire, as well as a biomass plant in Kent. All the projects are in conjunction with joint venture partner Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée (CNIM).
The joint venture was also recently awarded a contract to build the new Leeds Energy Recovery facility for Veolia Environmental Services, who are waste management partners with Leeds City Council, further consolidating Clugston’s position in this market.
Alongside projects for its core customers in the process industries and involvement in the education sector – where it recently started delivering three schools under the Northern Lincolnshire BSF (Building Schools for the Future) and an Academy in Cleethorpes through the EFA (Education Funding Agency) Contractors Framework – Clugston Construction has a established a strong forward order book.
The Group’s logistics business also saw turnover increase by 11% to £10.9m from £9.8m, following the diversification into new markets, particularly the fuels sector. This combined with the continued growth of the curtain sider and the intermodal powder operations, are delivering positive results, countering the challenging conditions in some of Clugston’s traditional heavy building materials sectors. The three new markets now account for 25% of the divisions overall business.
The distribution company plans to capitalise on its Scunthorpe base, close to the Humber refineries, by focusing on further growing its fuels customer base.
The Group’s Property division also made significant progress on a number of joint venture schemes, including handing over a 422,000 sq ft storage depot at Turbine Business Park in Sunderland for Vantec Europe Limited. The depot was the largest pre-sale warehouse to be constructed in the north east, this century and the first and largest scheme to get underway within the latest round of Enterprise Zone investments.
Stephen Martin, Clugston Group chief executive commented, “2012 was a momentous year in the company’s history, as we not only celebrated our 75th anniversary, but achieved record profits, strong cash balances and an order book that allows us to look forward with increasing optimism.”
Mr. Martin added, “Whilst we expect several of our traditional markets to remain challenging, through our commitment to supporting our customers, we have confidence in our ability to make further impressive progress in 2013”.
About The Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility
The Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility was approved by Leeds City Council’s planning panel in February 2013. Veolia and Clugston have now agreed the associated conditions and legal agreements with the planning authority.
With a long history of work in the process industries, Clugston Construction has established a strong position in the growing waste to energy sector. In conjunction with joint venture partner Constructions Industrielles de la Méditerranée (CNIM), the Leeds facility will be the sixth scheme of this nature.
The landmark project will ensure that 214,000 tonnes of Leeds’ black bin waste will go through the facility each year. Recyclable materials will be removed with the remainder being incinerated. The process will generate enough energy to power up to 20,000 homes.
Clugston is anticipating starting construction of the plant on Cross Green Industrial Estate in August 2013. The facility will provide Leeds with a long term solution to waste going into landfill.
With established offices in Leeds, the company is keen to support the city’s economy and will be purchasing equipment, materials and services from Leeds businesses wherever possible, which will benefit local companies and the economy.