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Celebrating over 30 years of successful and sustainable growth at the Mary Rose Museum
Since being founded on the 12th February 1987 by chairman Stephen Morton and his wife Jan, the company has remained true to their initial vision and core values – Steve firmly believes people are the most important asset to his business. Building long-term relationships with customers, staff and supply chain partners based on trust, honesty and integrity and delivering on commitments is an approach he attributes as a major reason Brymor have been able to establish themselves and survive in such a competitive and sometimes unpredictable market.
The company employs over 150 staff; a large majority of which live locally and some of whom have remained with Steve for nearly all of the first 30 years. Developing talented people has always been a passion for Steve and Jan and they are proud to see their staff flourish and actively contribute and be recognised for the successes they have enjoyed.
Steve realised he needed a different perspective and an injection of fresh ideas to maintain the business strategy for continued growth and operational improvement. In May 2012 he employed Mark Dyer, promoting him to managing director shortly after. Together they developed and began to implement a strategy to ensure the business continued to improve and maintained sustainable growth and success. Attracting and developing talented staff was an essential element of the plan.
Steve has a passion for developing and investing in young talent. In a demanding industry where market conditions have ensured qualified resources are highly sought after they took the decision to employ young people leaving full-time education and place them on a training schedule which allows them the opportunity to experience a number of different roles within a construction company. With nearly 20 in the first wave, these trainees are already proving their value to the business with a number receiving recognition of their progress and achieving their first career promotion. Existing staff are also encouraged to continue their professional development with a number selected to attend the “Brymor Academy” – a three year management development course designed to equip staff with the skills to enhance continued career progression.
Both operationally and financially the business is flourishing and on target to meet its growth and financial aspirations with a reported turnover of £80m for the last financial year. The introduction of a continuous improvement philosophy has improved quality and certainty of delivery and encouraged the business to focus and adapt its approach to suit the needs of its customers. Steve and Mark are already developing the next phase of their strategy with the business well on course to achieve its 20/20 vision of being a £100m business by 2020.
Relationships are key to Brymor’s continued success with their supply chain playing a major role in future projects. The business is currently implementing a supply chain management plan designed to improve communication and relationships with their dedicated delivery partners, with clear and concise performance indicators established for both parties to work towards.
As Brymor move into their next 30 years both Steve and Mark are committed that the business remains true to its family ethos and core values. Supporting local charities and community based projects remains a key focus with staff encouraged to participate in fundraising events. For the third year in succession Brymor are sending two members of their team to support the charity Homes for Humanity. Construction manager Andy Clark will lead a team of volunteers, including project manager James Rood travelling to Brazil to help build a new dwelling for a family in need of a place to call home. Brymor are delighted and proud to be able to offer support for such a worthy cause.