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    O’Brien Group is a specialist civil engineering firm offering clients expertise across a full range of sectors coupled with a flexible approach.

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    O’Brien’s most valuable asset is its staff and its top priority is to ensure their safety by striving constantly to raise awareness of health and safety throughout our business.

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O’Brien Contractors named ‘Tomorrow’s Company’


O’Brien Contractors has been named ‘Tomorrow’s Company’ at the Construction News Awards 2014. The prestigious title is awarded for providing, “a great example for the industry to follow.” This must include, “growing financially and in the service they provide clients.” The judges singled out O’Brien management foresight in investing in people and diversification at the bottom of the recession.

The Awards judges said, “They clearly have a smart strategy and have had the foresight to implement a succession plan alongside an ambitious growth plan.”

The judges praised the bold, extremely long-term outlook, which put O’Brien in a prime position to take advantage of the recent upturn. They also cited the clear succession plan, focused on improving customer satisfaction and relationships. O’Brien has raised customer satisfaction to 92 per cent by acting directly on feedback and having all clients deal with directors.

Peter O’Brien, Managing Director, said, “We worked hard to implement a sound business model which has stood up to the challenges of the recession. We have also invested in our people and systems to ensure that we deliver the best possible customer service. This national Award recognises the hard work, commitment and dedication of the whole O’Brien team.”

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Warwickshire Construction Company has Struck Gold

RoSPA Gold Award 2014 for H&S

A leading Warwickshire construction company has struck gold in recognition of the way it protects its staff from accidents and injury.

O’Brien Contractors, based in Cubbington, has won the Gold Award in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2014.

The company will be presented with the prize at a ceremony at the Hilton Metropole, at the NEC, on Thursday, May 15.

RoSPA, a national charity, aims to save lives and reduce injuries and in support of that mission, the awards – which date back 58 years – recognise the commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work.

Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

It is the latest in a string of awards for O’Brien Contractors including Contractor of the Year at the Building Awards 2014, a National Chamber Award and the SME Award at the Celebrating Construction Awards.

O’Brien Contractors managing director Peter O’Brien said the RoSPA award was particularly special.

He said: “Any recognition of the company’s qualities and practices is great news but health and safety is such a huge issue in construction and so to achieve gold in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards is testament to just how seriously we take it.

Credit has to go to our management team and all of our staff for ensuring that health and safety is a priority on each and every contract we carry out.

“Health and safety can, sometimes, be given a bad name because people see it as overly bureaucratic or unnecessarily restrictive on businesses but, in our view, it is vital that companies of all sizes and sectors – but especially in construction – do everything they can to protect staff and, indeed, the public.”

O’Brien Contractors was established by Peter’s father, Thomas O’Brien, 55 years ago. Peter and his brother, Michael, got involved around 35 years ago and, in 1995, took it from a partnership to a limited company.

The firm invested heavily during the recession and that has started to pay off with turnover rising and a range of awards.

David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage the raising of occupational health and safety standards across the board.

“Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as O’Brien Contractors, contribute to a collective raising of the bar for other organisations to aspire to, and we offer them our congratulations.”

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O’Brien Contractors shortlisted in Construction News Awards


O’Brien Contractors has been shortlisted in the Tomorrow’s Company  and the Specialist Contractor categories for the 2014 Construction News Awards.

The winner will be the company that has made great progress over the last three years by growing financially and expanding the services they offer to clients. O’Brien has achieved a 203% increase in profits since 2012 and moved from just providing civil engineering and groundworks to offering a wider range of services, which include design, levelling, plant hire, sewerage, construction, internal finishing, road/car park installation, maintenance and facilities management.

Other criteria that the company will be judged on include successful project delivery, customer satisfaction, sustainability, supply chain management, health and safety improvements, impressive Corporate Social Responsibility approaches, innovation and staff satisfaction and development opportunities.

In its submission O’Brien has demonstrated excellence and improvements in all of these categories.

Managing Director, Peter O’Brien said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted in the both categories. The strategy we’ve been working to has been firmly grounded in a vision for the future in which O’Brien’s continues to deliver excellent projects for our customers and provide a supportive and motivational workplace where people feel valued and have a clear path of progression.”

The achievements that have resulted in the short listing for this award include:

  • Productivity increased by 8% (calculated by turnover generated per head)
  • Client base increased from 50 to 54
  • Repeat business increased from 80% to 85%
  • Tender success increased from 19% to 24%
  • Turnover increased 2.3%, from £13.8m to £14.1m
  • Training hours increased by 21%

The company has introduced an Apprenticeship programme and fast-track mentoring scheme, supported a number of ex-offenders on leaving prison to gain qualifications, and offers work experience placements to students.

Peter O’Brien said: “We’ve been striving to make great progress in all of the areas that these awards cover so making the shortlist is a great honour and commendation of what we have achieved.”

The winners will be announced at the Construction News Awards on Thursday 17th July at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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