Our History | Briggs & Forrester

Our History

The Briggs & Forrester Group is renowned for excellence and innovation within the building services industry developed over more than 70 years. While we are focused on constructing the future, we are proud of our heritage that has given us firm foundations upon which to grow.

Company Formed
Northampton Offices Established

Offices established in Overstone Road, Northampton.

1947
Turnover Milestone
Turnover reaches £50,000
1965
Philip Stanton Joins

Philip Stanton, father of current chairman Mike Stanton, joins the business.

1965
Mike Stanton Joins
New head of Finance, Sales & Marketing

Mike Stanton joins the board as Head of Finance, Sales & Marketing.

1983
New Chairman
Eric Champion becomes chairman

Eric Champion becomes chairman after the death of Philip Stanton.

1983
Turnover Milestone
Turnover reaches £4million
1983
Turnover Milestone
Turnover reaches £25million
 
 
1996
New Chairman
Mike Stanton becomes Chairman
Following the retirement of Eric Champion, Mike Stanton becomes Chairman of the Group.
 
1996
Turnover Milestone
Turnover reaches £50m
 
 
2001
Combined Energy Solutions
Maintenance Arm Relaunched
The maintenance arm of the Briggs & Forrester Group is relaunched as the Combined Energy Solutions division.
 
2002
Business Merge
Mechanical & Electrical Merge
'Mechanical' & 'Electrical' businesses merge to form the divisions Engineering Services Ltd and Special Projects Ltd.
 
2004
Turnover Milestone
Turnover reaches £95million
2006
Senior Management Buy-In
25% of shares purchased

25% of shares purchased by senior management to help to renergise the company.

2006
60th Anniversary
Celebrations raise funds for charity

The Briggs and Forerster Group celebrates its 60th Anniversary by raising over £10,000 for charity.

2007
Turnover Milestone
Turnover exceeds £100m
2007
IS0 14001
Environmental Management Certificate

Enivironmental Management Certificate awarded to the Briggs and Forrester Group.

2009
RoSPA Gold Medal Award
8th consecutive achievement

Briggs & Forrester is awarded with its 8th consecutive RoSPA Gold Medal Award.

2011
CES achieve certification
BS OHSAS 18001:2007

The Combined Energy Solutions division of the Briggs and Forrester Group achieve certification for the BS OHSAS (Occupational Health & Safety Management) 18000:2007, helping the disvision to achieve the best possible working conditions, aligned to internationally recognised best practice.

2011
Low Energy Consultancy
LEC Ltd Established

The Low Energy Consultancy (LEC Ltd) division of the Briggs and Forrester Group is created.

2011
Exciting London residential contract
The Tower, St. George’s Wharf

Briggs & Forrester secures contract worth over £20M.

2011
RoSPA Gold Medal Award
9th Consecutive RoSPA gold medal

Briggs & Forrester is awarded its ninth consecutive RoSPA Gold Medal Award.

2012
New Office Opens
Northern Regional Office Opens
2012
£15,000 Raised for Charity
Bi-annual Charity Golf Day

Briggs & Forrester raised £15,000 on their bi-annual charity golf day for local charity Ups n Downs.

2013
New Office Opens
Birmingham Regional Office Opens

Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services opens new regional office In Birmingham.

2013
RoSPA President's Award
Awarded RoSPA President's Award

Briggs & Forrester awarded RoSPA President's Award.

2013
RoSPA President's Award
Awarded RoSPA President's Award

Briggs & Forrester awarded RoSPA President's Award.

2014
RoSPA President's Award
Third consecutive success

Briggs and Forrester proud to be awarded third consecutive RoSPA President's Award.

2015
Charity Golf Day
Event fundraising tops previous total

Briggs and Forrester's biannual Golf Day raises £17,000 for local charity Ups and Downs.

2015
RoSPA Gold Award
Briggs and Forrester Group
2016
RoSPA President's Award
Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services

Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services acheive the RoSPA president's Award

2016
Largest ever contract secured
Principal Place, London

Briggs & Forrester secures largest ever contract for prestigious residential development

2016
Management buy-in
Management team increases equity stake in business to 60%

Further 10% equity placed into ‘Employee Benefit Trust’.

2016
New offices open
Exeter and Petersfield offices open up new opportunities
2016
Growth Award from Willmott Dixon
Special Projects division presented with award from contractor
2016
Group senior management changes
Paul Burton announced as Group CEO

Mike Stanton remains as Group Chairman with Paul Burton moving from Engineering Services to become Group Chief Executive

2017
Briggs & Forrester Group celebrates 70th Anniversary

The group celebrates 70 years being the forefront of the building services industry.

2017
Briggs & Forrester MEP relaunch as Briggs & Forrester Living

Briggs and Forrester rebrands its residential mechanical, electrical and plumbing division for a big growth push.

2017
Briggs & Forrester expands operations into Wales establishing Cardiff office

Briggs and Forrester opens its first office location in Wales.

2017
Briggs & Forrester Foundation established

Celebrating the 70th anniversary in 2017, the Briggs and Forrester Group launches the Briggs and Forrester Foundation. Briggs and Forrester has a long history of supporting the local causes that mean the most to our employees.

2017
Briggs & Forrester apprentice awarded Apprentice of the Year at H&V News Awards

Our apprentice Curtis Castledine won the Apprentice of the Year (21 and Under) Award at the H&V News Awards in 2017.

2017
Briggs & Forrester win Construction Enquirer Best Specialist Contractor to work for over £25m

 This award recognises Briggs & Forrester as one of the industry’s best companies to work for and the best firms to do business with. 

2017
Briggs & Forrester become Corporate Members of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers

The Briggs & Forrester Group were made a corporate member of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, one of the most ancient of the livery companies of the City of London.

2017
Briggs & Forrester awarded Willmott Dixon Growth Award

The ‘Growth’ award recognises a Supply Chain Partner who works closely with Willmott Dixon throughout the preconstruction and build process to create, protect and improve margins.

2017
Management buy in completed – full management owned business

Briggs and Forrester become a full management owned business.

2018
Triple win for Briggs & Forrester at H&V News Awards 2018

Triple win for Briggs & Forrester at H&V News Awards 2018 in Project of the Year, Apprentice of the Year and Building Services Contractor of the Year categories.

2018
Briggs & Forrester Awarded MEP Specialist of the Year

Briggs & Forrester Awarded MEP Specialist of the Year 2018 in Construction News Specialist Awards

2018
Briggs & Forrester Living launch Housing division

Briggs & Forrester Living announce the launch of their new build housing division, as part of Briggs & Forrester Living.

2018
Group achieves ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification

This accreditation demonstrates that Briggs and Forrester Group are committed to ensuring Environmental responsibility and improvement.

2018
Briggs & Forrester awarded RoSPA Order of Distinction

These awards have been achieved in recognition of Briggs & Forrester’s health and safety practices and achievements in helping staff, clients and contractors get home safely at the end of the working day.

2018
LEC achieve CPD status

LEC announce they have become an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provider, having achieved CPD status.

2018
Briggs & Forrester Smart launch
2018
Briggs & Forrester Group join the 5% Club

The Briggs & Forrester Group has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

2018
Briggs & Forrester Group Awarded Greener Path award for third year running

The Briggs and Forrester Group has been awarded the Greener Path Award for ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ from ACM Environmental PLC for the third year running.

2018
Briggs & Forrester Annual Supply Chain Event

Last month was the 11th Annual Briggs & Forrester Supply Chain Event 2018 at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. Over 320 people were in attendance, to hear the latest updates from the Briggs & Forrester Group CEO, Paul Burton and the senior management team.

2018
Briggs & Forrester Birmingham office raise £10,000 for Rainbows.

Their fundraising efforts included Dress Down Friday’s, Birmingham half marathon, a charity football match and a charity Golf Day which raised an impressive £10,000!

2018