It’s not often that small local businesses are able to make their mark in Westminster however Cheltenham based plumbing, heating and electrical company Shackleton, Wintle & Lane has been able to do just this.
SW&L were selected to be featured in The 2021 Business & Service Parliamentary Review, an independent review of events in parliament over the course of the year and the impact this has had on the business world. 15 companies from across the UK covering all industries and sizes were, in 2019, selected to take part in this year’s review and the past year has certainly been a year to remember. Chief Executive, John Rogers, explained “It was an honour to be approached in order to assist with The Review especially as we are a relatively small company from Leckhampton.”
SW&L has 80 employees and an annual turnover of £10m and operates in a variety of sectors of the industry from New Build housing schemes to bespoke property renovations to domestic heating, plumbing and electrical servicing, repairs and installations.
Managing Director, Simon Marklew, commented that “despite the effects of multiple lockdowns and restrictions; government initiatives including the reduction in stamp duty, the extension of the Help-To-Buy scheme and business support schemes such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have made a huge difference to our ability to ride the storm.”
He added “As we move forward into 2021 there are also additional opportunities emerging especially with the UK’s commitments to climate change as we develop the renewables side to our business. We also look forward to the end of market uncertainty from the pandemic and Brexit to continue the sales growth seen prior to 2020.”
To celebrate the publication of the Review Conservative MP for Cheltenham, Alex Chalk, visited SW&L to see for himself how the company has been able to react to the challenges of the past year and how it has benefited from the government policy over the past year.
Alex Chalk MP commented that “It was great to meet the SW&L team, and hear how this important local employer is looking to the future with confidence. During a difficult year, I was pleased that government support through the pandemic has made a big difference. It was good to hear that SW&L is now ready to play its part in helping Gloucestershire’s economy bounce back, as well as accelerating the rollout of renewable energy”.
(From left to right SW&L Chief Executive, John Rogers, Conservative MP for Cheltenham, Alex Chalk and SW&L Managing Director, Simon Marklew)