A growing construction company has been doing some building on its own site – to expand its headquarters.
Beccles-based Ovamill tackles projects ranging from car showrooms to home extensions across East Anglia.
The company’s turnover increased from £3.8m in 2015 to more than £5m this year. So the business has expanded its office space to deal with the increasingly busy workload.
Director Mark Everard said: “We are really pleased with the company growth, which has been steady and has come through meeting clients’ needs and through word-of-mouth recommendation.
“We treat all clients the same – whether they are a corporate managing director or a private home owner, and are pleased to be busy with small and medium sized projects as well as the big ones.”
Ovamill is owned and managed by directors Keith Betts, Mark Everard and Khan Bilyard who started the business at Gorleston in 2005 when they were the only people on the payroll. It now has 29 staff, and moved to Anson Way on the Beccles Business Park in 2010.
The office was originally in a portable building, then relocated inside the unit and has now been more than doubled in size through the extension. It is home to company secretary Jemma Ramsay and other administration, health and safety and estimating staff.
The extension was officially opened by Norwich City Football Club first team coach Frankie McAvoy who is sponsored by the company.
Ovamill provides a wide range of construction services including commercial building, groundworks, renovations, barn conversions, concreting, foundations, domestic underpinning, and car parks. Its workload is 70% commercial and 30% domestic.
The company recently completed a £1.3m, 1300 sq m car workshop at Peterborough for dealership client Robinsons. A further near £1m contract involves building a new Volkswagen showroom at the site and other contracts and phases are on the horizon.
It follows on from other contracts for Robinsons going back seven years surfacing the forecourt for a new Mercedes dealership in Norwich. Since then Ovamill has completed showroom builds and refurbishments at Cambridge, Lowestoft, King’s Lynn, Ipswich and Norwich. The Robinson’s contracts have been worth more than £7m to Ovamill.
The company has also built a striking looking £1m warehouse unit for industrial equipment distributors Oaasis at Gapton Hall in Great Yarmouth, and is currently carrying out groundworks for a new decommissioning site at the town’s Outer Harbour.
It has built the shell of a unit at Mile Cross in Norwich, and is currently working on roadways for a retail park at Sweet Briar Road in Norwich. Ovamill is also in negotiations to build a new fast food retail outlet on the Norwich ring road.
The company has also carried out repairs, concreting and construction work at Norwich City Football Club’s Carrow Road stadium and Colney training ground, along with being a regular sponsor and advertiser at the club.
They have also just completed a new cemetery at Dereham in a project to provide car parking, a bespoke building, along with a natural stone feature wall. Ovamill’s domestic business ranges from small remedial works to full extensions, the scale of which have also grown over the years.
The community-focused company is also very proud to be main sponsor of Norfolk Cricket Alliance Premier side Acle, and raises money for local charities, including nearly £20,000 for Great Yarmouth-based charity Centre 81.
Mr Everard said Ovamill was also planning for future growth having recently bought extra land next door so it could expand its site further.