Jobs Boost for Sidey
Success sees Sidey grow jobs by 25%
Perth-based Sidey – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and installers of energy efficient windows and doors – is bucking the recessionary trend by creating 50 new vacancies within its manufacturing and installation operations. The new full-time roles – 33 in installation and 17 in manufacturing – see Sidey increase its number of employees from 215 to 265: an uplift of nearly 25%. The move also now means that the company is a truly significant employee in Perth and its environs.
Steve Hardy, Sidey’s Commercial Sales Director, attributes the company’s ongoing success to a “relentless” focus on quality, innovation and superb levels of service. “With all the talk of a double-dip recession”, says Steve, “we’ve almost taken ourselves by surprise with how we’re continuing to power on and grow our business. It might sound a bit trite: but it really does boil down to the quality or our people, the quality of our products and the quality of our service”.
Indicative of the company’s business performance is that it has supplied and/ or installed home improvements to over a dozen Scottish local authorities in the last 12 months. From Orkney in the north of the country, to Dumfries in the south; the company’s nationwide coverage has seen it supply and fit doors, windows, kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems to over 5000 socially-maintained dwellings.
And Sidey’s ‘nationwide’ coverage and success is not limited to Scotland – the company having already delivered over 20 successful projects England and Wales this year too. These range from student accommodation at the universities of Exeter and Nottingham to a Scottish & Southern Energy experimental development in Slough designed to test different construction methods, environmental consequences and communal heating systems.
Central to Sidey’s programme of product innovation has been the recent introduction of the SolarthermPlus range of windows and doorsets and the patented KitFix® System, which enables windows and doors to be factory fitted into timber frame and structurally insulated panel systems (SIPS). The company’s products are designed and manufactured in the UK – and are focused in the main on inexpensively enhancing building performance; meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes; and delivering ‘retrofit for the future’ benefits.
Steve Hardy concludes: “In these difficult and challenging times, it really is a pleasure to report on our recent job creation initiatives; and we are truly delighted to give the local economy something of a boost. Furthermore, we know our new colleagues will share the same vision and commitment to quality and service as our existing workforce – a commitment that filters down to, and is enjoyed, by all our customers too”.