A Nottingham firm of construction consultants is enjoying rapid growth at The University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park (UNIP).
Starting in 2009 with just two people, and a first-year turnover of just under £150k, Pulse Associates now employs seven staff, and income exceeds £600k per annum.
The company was founded by Ian Carey and Larry Greenwell, who recognised a gap in the market for a construction and development chartered surveying consultancy which offered a ‘client focused’ service.
“One of the issues that we had noticed in the businesses we’d worked in, was that all too often the focus was on process rather than trying to meet the specific needs of the clients,” said Pulse Associates’ Director, Ian Carey.
“At Pulse, we work closely with clients to understand their business and what they want to achieve from specific projects. To achieve this, we employ extremely capable individuals with many years’ experience in specific sectors who are able to add real value to our clients’ business with their in-depth expertise and knowledge.”
Doubling year on year
This philosophy has enabled Pulse to not only retain existing clients but also to secure numerous new commissions. The business has doubled in size each year since 2009, which Ian’s fellow director, Larry Greenwell, attributes to being able to offer a consistent, high quality service at a competitive price, he said:
“We believe in offering a totally bespoke service, whilst also ensuring that we keep our overheads as low as possible, and we then pass the benefits of this on to the client.
“Being at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park works really well for us, it’s centrally located and they offer all of the incubation support that we need, such as a reception, meeting rooms and networking opportunities. They’re also able to offer us larger space as we grow, and we’ve recently moved to larger premises within the same building, which is ideal.”
Pulse Associates provides a wide range of services to clients, including quantity surveying, project management, construction client support, design management and commercial and contractual support.
Strength in the education sector
In addition to its work on traditional housing and industrial construction projects, Pulse Associates has also built a particularly strong reputation in the education sector. It has secured major contracts with E-ACT, Lincoln University, Nottingham Trent University, Telford College and a sixth form centre at Rushcliffe School. The firm is also managing the biggest school building project in the country, the Crest Academy.
In the longer term, Ian and Larry and fellow shareholder Lee Cantrill, have plans to develop the business further, growing their existing operations in Nottingham and London and opening more regional offices.
Larry concludes: “It is vitally important to us that any future growth of the business does not affect the service that we are able to offer, so we will only expand as and when the right people become available to us. What is important to us is not quantity, but the quality of both our consultants and our clients.
At home at UNIP
“However, whatever happens in the future, I am sure that the business will always be based here. A business needs a heart and a home, no matter how large and widespread it becomes, and Nottingham and the University Innovation Park is where ours is.”
For more information about Pulse Associates, visit www.pulseassociates.co.uk
For details about the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/unip
For more information about this press release, contact Nick King, Marketing Projects Manager, Business Engagement and Innovation Services, University of Nottingham. Tel: 0115 82 32184, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo shows, left to right, Pulse Associates' Directors, Lee Cantrill, Larry Greenwell and Ian Carey.
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