Insurance reinstatement building contractor doubles workforce

A succession of contract wins in recent months has resulted in insurance reinstatement building contractor INSUREPAIR doubling its workforce.

Plasterers, joiners and decorators make up the influx of new personnel at the Edinburgh-based firm, which specialises in fire and flood restoration.

Having moved into the early part of 2024 with over 15 permanent members of staff, the company has seen that number rise to more than 30, with the recently-opened Glasgow branch growing alongside an increase in demand in the capital.

The firm explained that the hiring spree allowed a number of trades people to join from businesses which had lost work due to the impact the downturn in housebuilding has had on the construction sector, while others have left self-employment in search of job security.

“It’s been such an unprecedented start to the year for us that we had to launch a recruitment drive after winning a lot of new business,” said MD Richard O’Donnell. “That, combined with the fact that the public are becoming more aware they can actually come direct to us for insurance reinstatement works as opposed to going through their insurance, has really increased the number of projects we are working on.

“We therefore had to go out to the market and look for driven, hard-working team players, who take pride in in their craftmanship and I’m delighted with the team we are building here. Our business plan was focused around consistent growth and we have accelerated those plans given the hectic start to the year we have had.

“We’re still looking for more people to join us as the demand is still there. Our insurance reinstatement works are managed in a way that we have a lead trades person in each group who reports to contracts managers who in turn inform the operations team so it’s relatively straight forward to add new trade staff, which I’ll be looking to do in the months ahead.”