David Nowell profiles a successful company celebrating 20 years in business this year.
A Preston-based group is celebrating 20 years in business – and looking to keep expanding.
The Suresite Group’s milestone anniversary is an achievement for any company.
But that seems even more impressive when you look at just how far they have come in that time.
Geoff Oldham, Suresite chairman, started the business from a garage in Fulwood in 1994.
As a petroleum expert he saw an opportunity to help provide safety awareness following a shift in legislation across the industry.
Ten years later a card services division was launched – and the rest as they say is history.
Operating from offices in Millennium City Park, Ribbleton, Suresite is now a £14m turnover business that is growing quickly.
It processes transactions in excess of £1.6bn per year, employs 21 people and a further 16 consultants across UK and Ireland.
Geoff said: “Twenty years is just one milestone, every additional £1m of turnover brings more security for our team, more investment and more opportunities for our local economy.
“Our staff work very hard to deliver outstanding service to our customers and we work very hard to ensure that family values always exist in our approach.”
Geoff added: “Everyone who visits our offices always comments on the fantastic atmosphere that exists and how they become infected by our enthusiasm.
“This is the biggest milestone that we strive to achieve daily.”
Today the group now helps companies across a range of sectors to better manage their business risk.
And the business continues to expand.
Business development manager Keith Bevan said the firm was now outgrowing its existing premises and looking for new headquarters locally.
He said the firm constantly explored new avenues of work and was now looking to move into foreign markets.
Even though the number of petrol stations and forecourts had declined, the business was able to offer other services, and take on extra staff and contracts
Keith said: “We have not shied away from the recession, we have invested. We have continued to grow through hard work.”
Staffing has increased by up to a quarter in the last 18 months.
The workforce is very proud of the fact that it transacts over £1.5bn worth of funds a year, with a very small team.
Suresite continues to move from strength to strength and are in discussions that should soon see itmove into European and Middle Eastern Markets.
The group is exploring the possibility of health and safety training in Saudia Arabia and options are being pursued in Sweden.