Interiors specialists sees turnover grow 15% to £5.5m

The Fertility Partnership - Simply Fertility Clinic, Chelmsford
The Fertility Partnership - Simply Fertility Clinic, Chelmsford

Commercial interiors specialists, afh Strategic Contracts Ltd, has seen significant growth in the past year and has recently appointed Paul Mitchell as Healthcare Consultant.

The firm specialises in interior design and fit-out services for hotels and leisure as well as corporate and public sectors, and this year is celebrating its tenth year in business.

In the year to 31st January 2017, the company’s turnover was £5.5m with pre-tax profits 15% ahead of the previous financial year and forecasts for a further 15% growth over the next financial year.

In recent years, the company has been responsible for revamping the interiors of Macdonald Hotels across Scotland as well as the fit-out of 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow and multiple sites across the UK for Webhelp, a major call centre operator.

Mr Mitchell’s appointment represents a desire by afh Strategic Contracts to build on its growth into the highly-specialised healthcare interior design market. Recent healthcare projects undertaken by afh Strategic Contracts include the full fit-out of two new clinics for The Fertility Partnership in Maidenhead and Chelmsford as a combined project costing in excess of £1.8m.

Glasgow-based afh Strategic Contracts was founded in 2007 by Alex Hutton, Thomas Carey and a team of experienced commercial interior sector specialists with over 50 years’ collective experience

Alex Hutton, Managing Director of afh Strategic Contracts, said: “We have created a very successful track record in the hotel and leisure, corporate interiors and call centre sectors and are now building our presence in the specialist healthcare and IVF sector.

“Healthcare in the UK has been one of the sectors that has attracted significant investment in recent times. Facilities offering IVF treatment services continue to be a strong growth area with an estimated £10-15m to be invested over the next three years. We have been involved with several IVF clinic builds in recent times and to ensure we are best placed to attract further business, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Mitchell as our new Healthcare Consultant.”

Paul Mitchell, said: “Having built up my career in the healthcare sector it is extremely exciting to be working as a consultant with afh Strategic Contracts at a time when they are forging great advancements and building their reputation in the healthcare sector.

“Expert knowledge of this sector is vital – it’s a very different market from the corporate world. IVF clinics have clearly defined and stringent performance criteria and in order to meet high quality assurance standards, it is imperative the initial design, construction and ultimate fit out of each clinic is appropriate.”