Wilkinson Construction Consultants based in West Malling have been named as one of the UK’s top ‘Small Biz 100’ by Small Business Saturday
The company have been selected as a trail-blazer in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 1 December.
The achievements and contribution to the local community of Wilkinson’s will be celebrated and under the spotlighted on one the 100 days running-up to Small Business Saturday. This is part of the campaign’s mission to celebrate small business success, and encourage the nation to ‘shop local’ and support British small businesses.
Wilkinson Construction Consultants are multi award-winning Approved Inspectors providing Building Control services across London & South East England as an alternative to Local Authority Building Control (LABC). In the wake of Grenfell Tower, the provision of Building Control services has been thrust into the limelight, with Wilkinsons leading the charge to raise standards.
Managing Director Geoff Wilkinson said: “It is great to have been picked because our business is niche and most people still don’t realise that they can use our services rather than the Local Council for Building Control Approvals.
“People often think we are just a subcontractor to the Council and don’t realise we are a complete alternative and are licensed to issue the Approval, making us the actual decision makers. By using our services you still get the same plan and site checking offered by the local authority, but without the bureaucracy associated with the public sector.
“We also find that people mistakenly think that because they don’t need Planning Permission they don’t need Building Regs approval either and end up with problems when they come to sell. Even minor building work such as removing a chimney, installing a toilet under the stairs, or putting up or taking down walls in their homes or workplaces can need approval.
“So it’s fantastic that Small Business Saturday have recognised our hard work and helped spread the word about what we do. Together we really are Building Standards in the UK”
The 2018 Small Biz 100 is drawn from every corner of the UK and reflects the variety of the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses.