Aptus Utilities Ltd is an award-winning multi utility provider that works with construction industry clients on industrial, residential and commercial developments across the UK.
The Independent Connections Provider (ICP) was formed in Bolton, in 2010, to fill a gap in the market for a multi utility solution that reduces bureaucracy, streamlines processes and helps developers to meet industry targets.
The demand for effective multi utility provision was accentuated by the fallout from the 2008 economic recession. Prior to this, it was customary practice for separate gas, water and electric companies to install services as a single utility on construction sites, necessitating the repetition of a number of procedures such as excavation and reinstatement of highways.
Aptus Utilities’ one-stop-shop approach removed this need by coordinating the installation of all services within an integrated scheme of works, thereby refining processes and reducing costs.
The company takes the pressure off developers by managing the whole process, from design and installation through to commissioning and adoption. This approach is delivered with one project manager to oversee the whole scheme, freeing the client to focus fully on the completion of their development.
Street lighting services were added to the company’s portfolio in 2012 further augmenting its offer to clients and establishing a benchmark in the provision of multi utilities. Eight years on Aptus Utilities has completed works on almost 1000 sites across the UK for more than 300 clients.
The company’s winning formula has resulted in consistent year-on-year growth in terms of turnover, profit, workforce and scope of geographical operations which has gained national recognition – the company was named in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 in consecutive years in 2016 and 2017 and included in the 2017 London Stock Exchange Group Report ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’.
Aptus Utilities is on course to increase turnover for a seventh consecutive year as it approaches an eighth anniversary in March 2018 and continues to play an integral role partnering with national house builders and providing essential support to independent builders which is helping to drive construction growth and assist in meeting the housing demand.
At the heart of this success is a well-skilled and unified team focused on the delivery of exceptional customer service which has been achieved by a strategic approach to recruitment and a commitment to investing in apprenticeships and staff development.
An estimated 1.5 million workers are required to help build housing in the UK by 2021 but an ageing workforce and other economic factors mean the industry is facing a critical skills shortage which is intensifying the demand for properly qualified personnel within the sector.
Aptus Utilities has made it a priority to address the skills shortage by growing its own workforce from the outset, focusing on attracting a younger generation into the industry within both construction and administrative roles to lead the company forward.
The demand to nurture new talent and a skilled workforce will continue to be a priority as the company seeks to grow its share of the UK multi utility marketplace safeguarding not only the future of the company but ensuring a supply of skilled personnel to future proof the industry.