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01 February 2012

Portakabin Identified as one of Britain's 'Brightest Businesses'


The UK's leading modular building specialist, Portakabin, has been listed as one of Britain's Brightest Businesses in the Telegraph 1000 - a celebration of companies that have thrived in the economic storm and as star performers, are set to be the foundation of the UK's recovery.

In the survey, 1,000 privately-owned and Alternative Investment Market-listed companies were identified as having shown strong resilience during the recession, in sectors as diverse as farming, IT, retail, professional services and construction, with sales of between £5m and £500m.

"We are absolutely delighted to receive another independently verified endorsement of our business", said Robert Snook, Director and General Manager of Portakabin Hire.

"Being identified as a star performer in the UK economy demonstrates the strength of our business, giving customers and suppliers even greater confidence and peace of mind when working with Portakabin - and at a time when so many companies are struggling to maintain financial stability and performance.  It is a huge credit to our staff, customers and suppliers."

"It is also fantastic to see an institution like The Telegraph, taking the opportunity to celebrate the success of UK companies despite the economic challenges, when it is often too easy to focus on the negatives."

This recognition follows the award to Portakabin of the coveted top rating by Dun & Bradstreet - an internationally-recognised indicator of the low risk and high creditworthiness of the company.  This accolade put Portakabin in the top 15 per cent of all companies in the UK and Ireland for financial stability.

Key to the success of Portakabin has been its unrivalled track record of delivering buildings for both interim and permanent use - on time and on budget.  Over the past eight years, it has delivered an unprecedented 99.7 per cent of projects on programme and on cost.

This performance is in sharp contrast to industry figures released by Constructing Excellence which have shown that just 63 per cent of construction projects delivered in the past year were on budget, and only 45 per cent were completed on programme (source: UK Industry Performance Report 2011, Constructing Excellence/Glenigan).

Portakabin offers a wide range of buildings for both interim and permanent applications and has the widest network of Hire Centres in the UK, at 50 locations from Inverness to Plymouth.  It can deliver bespoke projects and standardised accommodation solutions in the most challenging timescales, with less disruption and less impact on the environment.      

For further information about modular buildings for permanent and interim applications, visit www.portanews.co.uk, email information@portakabin.co.uk or call 0845 401 0010.

Editor's Notes

1.     Portakabin modular buildings offer a range of advantages over site-based construction, including:

  • Programme times reduced by up to 50 per cent
  • Highly flexible and innovative accommodation, such as Ultima Vision - a fully glazed modular building available for hire, and Titan - the largest single modular building in Europe
  • Enhanced quality and a robust steel-framed construction
  • The provision of buildings with significantly less disruption
  • A wide variety of aesthetic and fitting out options to reduce procurement time.

2.     Portakabin is a registered trademark.