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
New office opens
Support site in Sheffield

New Sheffield office opens to provide extra support to projects based in the Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas in addition to existing Northern offices.

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
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