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Welcome to this special edition of ‘AEC in Focus’, our customer newsletter that gives you an insider view of the recent developments at AEC.

Airborne Environmental Consultants Ltd (AEC) have appointed MASC Construction to begin works on its new South East office in Mountnessing, near Brentwood, Essex.

In October 2018, AEC purchased Fernwood House and the site and freehold. The former transport office building was in need of refurbishment and building work on the new premises have now commenced.  The building gives AEC the opportunity to purpose-build the new long term home for their London team as the business embarks on the next stage of growth.

The new office is set to accelerate the continuing success of the London team and the significantly larger facilities will ensure that the business can accommodate the growing demand of customers. The new building offers the business a potential four-fold growth capacity over the next five years which will support the company’s South East expansion plan. 

AEC’s business in the South East of the UK has grown on average year on year by 25% through the development of strong client relationships and an excellent reputation in the marketplace.  The addition of new NHS and rail contracts to the business over the past 3 months, further strengthens our southern order book, reputation and demonstrates AEC’s ability to support fast moving and responsive projects. 

Mandy Reid, AEC’s Director, said: “It’s an exciting time for AEC and we are delighted to start work on the new building. The larger facilities provide the space for our growing workforce and strengthen our service capabilities for our customers.  We look forward to meeting the growing demands for asbestos, water hygiene, safety and training needs.”

The new building is projected to open in October 2019 and will consist of:

Steve Clark, Director at MASC Construction said “We’re thrilled to be part of AEC’s business expansion, and as an Essex based construction company, we’re proud to support the development of local businesses in the area”.

AEC will be holding an open day event for new and existing customers, suppliers. neighbours and staff later this year. 

Airborne Environmental Consultants Ltd has acquired a new office in the South East and plans to hire more staff following a six-figure funding deal with Santander Business Banking. The firm will now be able to embark on the next stage of its growth journey, having purchased the freehold of its new premises based in Brentwood, Essex.

Established in 1997 by Robert Harris and Amanda Reid to provide asbestos consultancy, AEC today has over 135 full-time staff working to provide services across asbestos, Legionella and water hygiene, health and safety, and fire safety. It is one of the leading training providers within the industry, with a 24% higher pass rate for British Occupational Hygiene Society courses than the national average. In July this year, the business won the Innovation category at the UKATA Excellence Awards 2018 for their new training facility – Hazard House.

Santander has not only provided AEC with funding to support the new office, as well as the purchase of new vehicles and the employment of new staff but the business was also introduced to the bank’s dedicated Breakthrough programme to support SME customers. Among other things, the programme offers AppInsitute masterclasses, and the management team plan to take on Breakthrough part-funded interns.

Mandy Reid, Director, Airborne Environmental Consultants Ltd, said, “It has been fascinating to build and grow AEC over the past two decades into the award-winning business it is today. Our appetite for continued growth is undiminished and the support from Santander has been crucial in allowing us to secure our new office and expand our team.”

Debbie Worthington, Business Relationship Director, Santander Business Banking, said: “AEC is growing through strong client relationships and services with excellent reputation in the market and the new Brentwood office is set to accelerate their success and growth further. Santander Business Banking is dedicated to bringing competition to the market and challenging the big four to really support the growth of great UK businesses like AEC.”

The new building is due to open autumn/winter 2019.

* AEC is UKAS accredited for asbestos surveys, air testing and bulk sample analysis only.

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