Construction company bringing jobs and breathing new life into East Marsh properties
A company formed 18 months ago is helping to bring employment opportunities for residents, and aims to contribute to the redevelopment of the East Marsh – an area in the top one percent most deprived wards in England.
Formed by friends and business partners Peter Rowley and Tony McLernon, East Marsh Construction was set up as a Community Interest Company in a bid to provide jobs and construction skills training for local people and breathe new life into derelict homes in the area.
So far, the company has taken on contracts from North East Lincolnshire Council and The Longhurst Housing Group. The team have also carried out work for other local housing providers and individuals across the area.
Peter Rowley from East Marsh Construction – whose former business employed 40 people – said: “The work the team has done has made a real difference to local tenants and is improving the look of the streets, one house at a time.
“The pandemic meant a tricky start, but since employing our supervisor Mike Moore, we have put together a very good team, many who had been unemployed before we appointed them.
“We now employ ten local people and have a very full order book. The Home Office gave us a start-up grant, but we are now entirely self–sufficient.
Tony added: “We are doing full house refurbishments and earning a reputation for quality work. Our lads are doing an amazing job and their skills are improving week on week. We have proved that if people are given a real opportunity with an ethical employer they will respond positively.
“No-one else is taking up the employment challenge in the East Marsh and we intend to maintain momentum. We are primed for further expansion and want to make an impact as a major employer as more work comes in, and really make a difference to the lives of more local people.”
Gi Media recently paid a visit to one of the company’s newly renovated homes on Rutland Street – watch the video here.