profile: AM Griffiths
developments Having grown significantly from its humble beginnings, Arthur M. Griffiths & Son Ltd (AMG) has become one of the Midlands foremost providers of construction solutions
stablished in 1899 under the name of its founder, Arthur M. Griffiths began operations as a tradesman builder based in a small workshop in Church Lane, Wolverhampton. Over time, the family company grew into one of the most respected construction companies in the Midlands and was responsible for the development of many major landmarks and estates throughout the region. As the years went on, Arthur M. Griffiths & Son Ltd maintained its strong roots and the work ethic of its founder as well as his ambition for success; this led to further growth and relocations to sites that were more suited to the company’s capabilities and also offered opportunities for continued growth. In 1997, Alan Griffiths the current MD at the time made the decision to appoint a board of Directors from outside of the family to ensure the ongoing success of the company beyond his retirement. In April 2015 the board of directors completed a management buyout
of the company from the Griffiths family, with Maurice Walsh and Richard Green taking on the roles of Chairman and Managing Director respectively. Current Managing Director Richard Green took time to speak to us and explained. “The Griffiths family was involved in AM Griffiths (AMG) right up until April 2015 when we undertook the management buyout. As part of the buyout, we began a five-year plan two years earlier in 2013 when the company was turning over approximately £9 million a year. The delivery of
this five-year plan has resulted in our turnover reaching £30 million in the last three years; profits have also increased five times over in that period demonstrating the profitable growth strategy. This increased profitability includes the investment in the business required to cater for our expansion plans and also includes the management buyout costs. If these were stripped out our profitability looks even better. We are progressing ahead of plan and have a forward order book that has increased by circa £10 million on this time last year.”
ADVANCE IT GROUP Advance IT Group has created an innovative Non-Conformance Notification system, part of its TeamWorkSmart product, to transform the way site tidiness is monitored, reported and managed at workplaces. The stand-alone mobile-based App and web-based management system was initially designed for the construction industry and is proving a huge hit with businesses in that field, including one of the Midlands’ top construction companies, AM Griffiths. Since its inception, the system has been developed to suit workplaces from every industry. Using the system is simple. Workers select a new form, take a photo of the incident and complete the drop down boxes. The system’s Red and Yellow card scheme allows priorities to be set and automatically creates deadlines. The form is automatically logged on the back office system and emailed to relevant parties. The process of logging, reporting, evidencing and notifying a NCN takes less than two minutes from start to completion, giving a full audit trail. Options are available for SMS notifications, whilst all outstanding and pending NCNs can be viewed on a handset with reminders automatically sent once deadlines have passed. The web-based back office system allows unlimited access anywhere at any time, featuring an admin area, a dashboard and a comprehensive reporting suite.