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Wincanton on the hunt for contractors as demand rises

  • 17 February 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

A dramatic upturn in the construction sector has prompted Wincanton to take on more contractors and owner-drivers to satisfy demand.

The logistics firm’s construction unit director, Ben Young, said he had “a fair degree of confidence” that growth was sustainable for at least the next 18 months, adding that subcontractors were already approaching the business requesting work.

The move comes as Hanson forged ahead with its plans to recruit 100 drivers to keep up with the speed of the revival.

Young said: “We have seen a significant lift in volume since last year, probably borne out by things like the help-to-buy schemes. It did change dramatically, but we all knew it was coming. There’s an awful lot we have been able to do internally, but part of our model is subcontractors; it helps with our agility and flexibility.”

Young said Wincanton was able to retain most of its subcontractors during the recession, letting very few go, and the contracts now on offer depended on hauliers’ needs.

He said: “We collaborate with [hauliers]. We are also increasing our own fleet.

“We operate the biggest construction fleet in the country. With that comes size and scope, and as volume increases we can flex that up.”

However, he echoed concerns raised by the Construction Products Association about the end of the government’s help-to-buy scheme in a couple of years: “It could have a major effect on the housing market, but the buoyancy should be back.”

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/wincanton-on-the-hunt-for-contractors-as-demand-rises