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Established builder has plans for major expansion since graduating from ION programme

Written by A.R.Fairbank@swansea.ac.uk / Thursday 17th January 2019

ONE of the country’s most established building contractors has plans for major expansion in 2019 after doubling turnover.

Founded by Trevor George Williams in 1971, TG Williams is a leading name in the construction industry, employing up to 30 staff in Denbighshire.

Son Gary became managing director two years ago and has further strengthened the firm’s reputation in North Wales and beyond.

TG_Williams.JPGSince graduating from the ION Leadership programme last summer, Gary and the St Asaph business have gone from strength to strength.

TG Williams has reinvested profits back into the company, seen an increase in staff numbers and is winning new clients in the private and public sectors.

Gary says taking part in the Bangor University-based course helped build his confidence and instil a more strategic approach for the management team.

With plans to move to bigger premises and take on more workers in the future, the dad-of-two – who has been with the firm for 20 years – urges other directors and managers to sign up to the popular programme, with placements up to 70% subsidised by the European Social Fund via Welsh Government.

“When I left school, I enrolled at college to become a quantity surveyor, but the lure of joining the family business and having some money in my pocket meant I never managed to complete my qualifications,” said Gary.

“I started at the bottom and have worked my way up, learning all of the trades and working side by side with many of the people I now lead.

“Together we have plans to protect the reputation my father has built up over the decades, but I also felt it would be good for me personally to learn more about management to take the company forward, which is why I signed up to ION.

“I was a little nervous at first but came out of it feeling more confident; even just sitting down and speaking to like-minded people in similar roles was very useful and I’m still in touch with many of the people I was on the course with.”

TG Williams is now looking to relocate and has already identified sites nearby, so the business can grow to meet demand.

“We have around 30 employees on-site and in the office, but that doesn’t include the many sub-contractors we work with,” said Gary, who lives in St Asaph with wife Holly and daughters Georgia and Ruby.

“We have the contracts and potential to take on far more, but there are not the skilled tradespeople out there – there is a massive shortfall.

“That’s why training is important to us, in all areas of the business. ION has played a big part in improving my skills and vision as managing director, but we are looking at sharpening the skills and education of all our workers, for their development and the company’s.”

He added: “We were expanding fast and wanted to expand further, and the lessons I learnt as part of ION will enable me to manage our direction.

“The programme has reinforced what we do and helped me to come up with new ideas, while delegating and encouraging input from everyone in the team.

“We have grown quite rapidly, which is amazing, but we won’t do that at the expense of the high standards we provide and the caring side of the business, which we are known for because of the drive and determination of my dad.

“We also know that the smaller, private residential projects and new-build developments are vital and the heartbeat of this business; they always have been and will continue to be important to us.

“I’ve a vision for where I want us to be, my dad has a very good name and I’m now the custodian of that reputation and I won’t ever forget that.” 

Gwenllian Owen, Programme Manager of the ION Leadership programme, says the access to business information and advice via the course content and a series of top-level industry speakers has played a part in the growth of many firms across the region.

She added: “It’s fantastic to hear about the success of TG Williams and Gary in particular.

“He is one graduate who really immersed himself in the programme and came out of it a more confident and driven business leader.

“We wish him every success for the future and look forward to seeing their exciting plans for growth come to fruition.”

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