Smallman & Son

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Smallman & Son's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Smallman & Son is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.smallmanandson.co.uk

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Castle, The Royal Opera House, The
Royal Shakespeare Theatre and The
Royal Festival Hall. One of our most
challenging projects was for the
London 2012 Olympics. Initially, we
were contracted to manufacture and
install 40 concessions pods in three
weeks. As the project progressed,
we took responsibility for the
manufacturing and installing a variety
of other crucial elements as part of the
main stadium, including The Royal Box,
control rooms, camera support stands
and decking. Eventually, this project
resulted in over 170 team members
working on-site, seven days a week,
to deliver the project on time and
within budget, demonstrating just how
adaptable we are as a team.
Our work is a result of timber
engineering; our joiners are expert
craftsmen and together we exceed
client expectations by manufacturing
exceptional joinery. We offer solutions
to our world-renowned, blue-chip
client base, with the list expanding
each year. Alongside our prestigious
client portfolio is our 94 per cent repeat
business rate, this is a testament to the
complete satisfaction of our clients. We
assist our customers with early advice
including samples, buildability advice,
mock-ups and even three-dimensional
models to help their visions come to life.
The key to our continued success lies
with our proven supply chain partners,
who we view as part of the TMJ team,
we too offer training and development
opportunities to help them continuously
improve alongsideus.
Technology is a key driver in our
business, this is mostly recently evident
in our Bloomberg Auditorium project at
Bloomberg’s European headquarters.
We worked alongside 30 different
trades to deliver this prestigious project,
demonstrating our BIM technological
capabilities. Creating the entire project
on screen, including joinery and MEP,
allowed us to accurately and efficiently
plan manufacture andinstallation.
Our 70,000 square foot manufacturing
facility has a range of environmentally-
friendly equipment, including two
biomass boilers, which uses all our
offcuts to heat the workshop, and
a water harvester which gathers
rainwater to flush our toilets. Our fleet
of lorries also run on Euro 6 diesel
engines.All deliveries made use a
multidrop and collection system, which
reduces the number of journeys.
In addition to these initiatives, we
make a conscious commitment to the
environment by using water-based
lacquers, recycled paper, motion sensor
lighting, solar panels, FSC-approved
timber and much more.When we first
moved to ourBildeston headquarters
over 30 years ago, we planted 1,000
trees in the surrounding area, a legacy
that we hope will continue long into
our fifth decade andbeyond. Not only
do we emphasise the importance of our
environment, but we are also committed
to our local community. As a large
business in a rural area, 80 per cent of
our employees live within12 miles of our
Bildeston headquarters. Reinvestment
in the local community is important to
us, we have recently manufactured and
installed Suffolk Lowland Search and
Rescue’s headquarters.
We have been
fortunate to
work on some
incredibly
prestigious
projects,
including
Windsor
Castle, the
Royal Opera
House, the
Royal
Shakespeare
Theatre and
theRoyal
FestivalHall
Specialist joinery
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HOUSING
Chantelle and Danielle Garrity
Bar and restaurant
refurbishment
Smallman & Son Ltd is a family-run refurbishment and
manufacturing firm with a history dating back to the
1980s. As an award-winning commercial building
contractor, Smallmans has continued to grow and expand since
Brian and Lisa Garrity bought the company 13 years ago after
a successful 30-year career in construction. Danielle Garrity
feels honoured to work alongside her father, mother, sister and
brother. She has told
The Parliamentary Review
that they are
proud of their talented team of quantity surveyors and skilled
craftsmen who deliver expertise across a wide range of projects.
Our projects range from refurbishments and fit outs of shops, offices, restaurants,
bars and hotels to prisons, Grade II listed buildings – including places of worship –
and university lecture theatres up to a contract value of £1 million.
As well as being experts in the Disability Discrimination Act, we also have the
highest security clearances to work in prisons, schools, colleges and care homes.
Based in Leicester, our recently refurbished offices showcase our high-quality work
and innovative design skills. Our premises also boast large-scale bespoke joinery
and metal fabrication workshops.
Building relationships
With a history dating back to the 1980s, we often draw on the consultant services of
Mark Smallman, the son of the original founder, Robert Smallman. Furthermore, family
ties don’t end with the Smallman and Garrity families; there are also the Oldfields.
FACTS ABOUT
SMALLMAN & SON
»Managing Director: Brian Garrity
»Incorporated in 2000
»Located in Leicester
»Services: Public sector and
commercial refurbishments up
to a value of £1 million
»No. of employees: Over 50
Smallman & Son
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Rosemary Oldfield has worked as head
of our accounts department for twelve
years and her children have also both
completed internships or graduate
placements at the firm. Indeed, we
prefer to think of ourselves as a
business of families, as opposed to a
family business.
We pride ourselves on close
collaboration with clients and suppliers
alike. This allows us to maintain
the highest possible standards in all
aspects of business.
Smallman & Son & Daughters
We are particularly passionate about
encouraging women to pursue a
career in the often male-dominated
sphere of construction. My sister
Chantelle and I have hosted a variety
of women in construction events to
share our knowledge and experience
and to discuss challenges of working
within this sector.
Rather excitingly, we are hoping to
change the name of our business to
Smallman & Son & Daughters.
Community
We are often called upon to carry out
refurbishment projects for charity or
community buildings. In 2016, we
were awarded the East Midlands RICS
Community Benefit Award for our
refurbishment of Leicester-based charity
Soft Touch Arts’ new building. Having
outgrown their previous location, Soft
Touch Arts commissioned us to refurbish
their new premises at the contract
value of approximately £800,000.
Since completing this refurbishment, we
have continued to support Soft Touch
Arts, a charity that uses arts, media and
music activities to engage with and help
disadvantaged young people. Their venue
includes soundproof music studios, an
arts and crafts room, a cookery classroom
and a large hall used for a variety of
activities, from art exhibitions to a weekly
pop-up cafe where you can enjoy food
created by the youngpeople.
Helping the local community is
important to our team. Indeed, Brian’s
late father and grandfather to Danielle,
Chantelle and Jordan, Keith, had always
been passionate about helping others.
Prince Edward opening Soft Touch
Arts Charity’s new building in 2015
The Smallman & Son charity
caravan, Terry Lee Lodge
Commercial
refurbishment of
reception hall
We prefer to
think of
ourselves as a
business of
families, as
opposed to a
family
business
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Rosemary Oldfield has worked as head
of our accounts department for twelve
years and her children have also both
completed internships or graduate
placements at the firm. Indeed, we
prefer to think of ourselves as a
business of families, as opposed to a
family business.
We pride ourselves on close
collaboration with clients and suppliers
alike. This allows us to maintain
the highest possible standards in all
aspects of business.
Smallman & Son & Daughters
We are particularly passionate about
encouraging women to pursue a
career in the often male-dominated
sphere of construction. My sister
Chantelle and I have hosted a variety
of women in construction events to
share our knowledge and experience
and to discuss challenges of working
within this sector.
Rather excitingly, we are hoping to
change the name of our business to
Smallman & Son & Daughters.
Community
We are often called upon to carry out
refurbishment projects for charity or
community buildings. In 2016, we
were awarded the East Midlands RICS
Community Benefit Award for our
refurbishment of Leicester-based charity
Soft Touch Arts’ new building. Having
outgrown their previous location, Soft
Touch Arts commissioned us to refurbish
their new premises at the contract
value of approximately £800,000.
Since completing this refurbishment, we
have continued to support Soft Touch
Arts, a charity that uses arts, media and
music activities to engage with and help
disadvantaged young people. Their venue
includes soundproof music studios, an
arts and crafts room, a cookery classroom
and a large hall used for a variety of
activities, from art exhibitions to a weekly
pop-up cafe where you can enjoy food
created by the youngpeople.
Helping the local community is
important to our team. Indeed, Brian’s
late father and grandfather to Danielle,
Chantelle and Jordan, Keith, had always
been passionate about helping others.
Prince Edward opening Soft Touch
Arts Charity’s new building in 2015
The Smallman & Son charity
caravan, Terry Lee Lodge
Commercial
refurbishment of
reception hall
We prefer to
think of
ourselves as a
business of
families, as
opposed to a
family
business
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HOUSING
Throughout his life, Keith funded
various sports teams and boxing clubs in
deprived areas in Leicester. Continuing
this family legacy, Brian set up the
Smallman & Son Foundation in 2014
with the Leicester, Leicestershire &
Rutland CommunityFoundation.
With a focus on helping children and
young people, we have made donations
to fund numerous projects and helped
to raise awareness of various local
charities and sports clubs. As well as
supporting Soft Touch Arts, we support
the Bodie Hodges Foundation, a charity
devoted to raising awareness of organ
donation and helping to support
bereaved families who have lost a child.
The charity has a boathouse in which
bereaved families can spend time
together in a peaceful and tranquil
place. We helped to fund their treasured
memory bags – a project aimed at
supporting siblings throughgrief.
We also support the Shepshed-based
charity Steps; a conductive education
centre dedicated to helping children
with cerebral palsy and other motor
disorders. In 2017, we purchased a
caravan in Norfolk for the children and
families of Steps to use. This not-for-
profit project has ran for two years and
allows the families to have a relaxing,
affordable holiday at the seaside. This
project is something that we are very
proud of; it is very close to our hearts.
Apprenticeships
The main challenge faced by the
UK construction industry is the
shortage of skilled labour. We
are dedicated to work with local
colleges and universities to provide
apprenticeships and graduate schemes.
Oftenreceiving letters requesting
work experience from school-leavers
and graduates, we are happy to offer
work experience placements to help
young people to gain experience in the
constructionindustry.
Joinery together
Currently, we are consolidating our
plans for growth and expansion in
order to continue to deliver top-quality
projects. Part of this will be the further
development of our bespoke joinery
and metal fabrication workshops,
as we have seen an increase in
the number of such projects in the
pastyears.
In addition, we would like to
continue to explore ways of using
more sustainable, environmentally-
friendly materials and construction
methods. We hope to continue to
provide services in keeping with our
family values, and to help our local
community through our Smallman &
Son Foundation.
Helping the
local
community is
important to
our team
Hotel refurbishment
Reception area
refurbishment

www.smallmanandson.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Smallman & Son. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development