In this trading year, we have continued with our investment plan and added our 10th branch to our portfolio seeing Rotherham open in May 2019 as well as strong commitment to a rolling refurbishment programme across our wider branch network. With this continual redevelopment and improvement to their collect and despatch facilities, we continue to improve the customer experience which is laying the foundations for further growth in the future.
Resultantly, profit before tax ended the year at £1.3m, a marginal improvement on last year.
Managing Director Mark Richardson commented
"With this investment throughout the year and the associated additional costs, it was very pleasing to see another growth in profits and importantly, we have positioned ourselves to exploit these investments, provide better coverage of our geographical area from South Yorkshire to the Scottish Border and with our qualified staff, we will be able to give a greater and improved customer service."
The strategic report accompanying the results indicated that in addition to our impressive financial performance, we take very seriously our commitment to the environment and specifically to reduce our carbon footprint and all 32 of our fleet of crane vehicles have the maximum Euro 6 rating. We remain on track to have our entire business fleet Euro 6 rated by the end of 2021.
We are also proud to continue our timber chain of custody schemes maintaining both FSC and PEFC certification in all branches and remain a fully signed up member to the Prompt Payment Code. Underlining all of this is the drive to invest in quality staff who are the cornerstone to our success.