Partners & Buyers

The following organisations are partners in the Build Norfolk network. Click on their logos for details or scroll down the page.


The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) was launched in April 2009 to work with the Departments for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to drive forward the Government’s ambition for Apprenticeships. The NAS has total responsibility for the delivery of Apprenticeships including advising employers, engaging with learner organisations, providing funding for Apprenticeship training and a web based Apprenticeship vacancies system. This system enables individuals to search and apply for live vacancies and allows employers, and their training providers to advertise their vacancies to a wide range of interested applicants. The NAS’ key objective is to create a significant growth in the number of employers offering Apprenticeships.

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Contact: Donna Barnard


Tel: 07833484172

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Founded in 1972, Ashe manages the design and construction of buildings for public and private sector clients nationwide. From our offices in Hertfordshire and Warwickshire we serve great diversity of markets and industries with schemes which require new construction, internal and external refurbishment, alterations and fit out.

Our aim is to construct environments which enhance the lives of the people that use them and to create which result in satisfied clients whether they are international blue-chip brands, property developers, public sector or commercial organisations.

While the nature and size of the schemes we work on varies enormously, they are all informed by our company ethos that regards the standard and quality of service we offer our clients to be paramount.

Contact: Andy Morris


Tel: 01462 630658


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We have been building homes for more than 50 years. In that time we have grown to become one of the nation's largest housebuilders with more than 4,000 direct employees and 25 divisions throughout Britain.

Our vision is to be recognised as the nation's leading housebuilder, creating communities where people aspire to live.

Barratt Homes (Eastern Counties) operates within the south east, building developments within Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk & Combridgshire, helping to meet housing demand in towns, cities and rural areas. We provide high quality, value for money homes for all market sectors, plus homes for rent and shared ownership, and are leaders in brownfield development and urban regeneration.

Eastern Counties Mission Statement

“To become the ‘Developer of Choice’ for customers, suppliers, landowners and staff in Eastern Counties.

We will do this by developing a reputation for building good quality, value for money homes in desirable locations and will deliver sustainable and enviable environments where communities flourish.

We will expect commitment from all our partners and in return we commit to sustaining and growing a business model which will generate maximum financial and intrinsic rewards, thereby creating a legacy a legacy we can jointly be proud of.”

Suppliers & Subcontractors

Eastern counties are actively sourcing new suppliers and subcontractors within our divisional operating area. Our aim is to increase our current supplier and subcontractor data base to support and sustain the continued growth of the division. We recognise the importance of building strong relationships within our supply and subcontract chains, based on trust and respect we have forged relationships with current suppliers and subcontractors, some have been on-going 20+ years!

We would invite any interested parties to contact us to discuss future opportunities and to complete our pre-qualification questions.

Contact: Leanne Maguire or Jamie Bowen

Tel: 01245 232200

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Borras Construction Ltd
Founded in 1980, Borras Construction, has grown through the determined pursuit of excellence and continuous client relationships to become a leading provider in the property refurbishment, new build, repair and maintenance markets across London, the Northern Home Counties and South Midlands. The business has grown in a controlled and consistent way which will enable us to maintain and sustain our growth in the future.

We have extensive experience of working in both the public and private sectors and have embraced the changing world of construction procurement and committed ourselves to developing long term relationships through partnering and framework agreements with our customers, subcontractors and suppliers.

Since our formation we have prospered and expanded through a cultivated non-adversarial approach to dealings with our customers and along the supply chain. This has resulted in a balanced client base incorporating repeat orders from long standing valued customers alongside carefully managed new business.

Our customers are served by equally valued staff working in a positive atmosphere toward a common goal - a successful project and the probability of future business. All staff are empowered to make decisions promptly and have undergone an extensive customer awareness programme. They are encouraged to be creative and innovative in support of the process of continuous improvement and customer service.

Success is not taken for granted and is achieved by a team effort including full participation by our approved suppliers and subcontractors with whom we operate a policy of fairness and prompt payment.

Contact: Peter Davenport


Tel: 01727 850633

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International Training & Safety

Health and Safety Consultants specialising in working at height together with over 100 other courses available to Directors, Managers, Supervisors or Operatives on site or at their training centre.

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Contact: Colin Wright


Tel: 01953 606100


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The family owned business of R G Carter was founded in 1921 and since 1974 has been under the leadership of Mr Robert Carter. It is one of the leading family-owned construction businesses in Britain, with a turnover of c. £300 million, of which some £100 million is design and construct.

It is a thriving, well-managed and well financed organisation that enjoys strong loyalty among its 2000 employees and many customers. Its ethos is simple, to achieve excellence and innovation in construction, customer care and people development.

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Contact: Phil Martin


Tel: 01603 867355

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The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is the leading professional body for managers in construction with over 40,000 members worldwide.

For almost 170 years the CIOB has lead the way in establishing, promoting and maintaining standards of excellence in the construction industry, and now sets the pace on a global scale for the education and professionalism of those who manage the construction of the built environment.

The CIOB currently has over 40,000 members working in over 94 countries. A dynamic institution that works to a rolling and constantly evolving corporate plan.

The CIOB is dedicated to raising standards throughout the world to the benefit of customers, clients, contractors and its members.

CIOB can offer advice on professional development for employees in this sector as well as guidance on working effectively with the industry.

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Our aim is for every construction business to become safer, better qualified, and more profitable. Registered employers can access grants for apprentices and training, on site assessment, free support and advice on training. For further information, please follow the web links below.


Contact: Jan Rejek


Tel: 07767 325397


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Farrans Construction Ltd
Farrans have been active in East Anglia for over 50 years; project types include both new build and refurbishment works ranging from offices and schools to commercial and industrial buildings.

Our corporate philosophy has been to partner closely with Clients, and establish our management teams and operating procedures in a manner best suited to achieving their needs. As part of this "Customer Care" methodology we have established a selected core of approved sub-contractors and suppliers.

As a result, some 75% of our workload over the last five years are of a "repeat business" category, primarily from Framework Agreements, Local Authority client bodies and Defence Estates.

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The FMB is a trade association established over 60 years ago to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms - today it is the largest trade association in the UK building industry. The FMB is a source of knowledge, professional advice and support for its members, providing a range of modern and relevant business building services to save them time and money. The FMB is independent and non-profit-making, lobbying continuously for members' interests at both national and local levels.

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Contact: Helen Osgood


Tel: 01223 462636

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Grehan Contractors Ltd
Grehan Contractors Ltd are a family run regional construction Company. We have been established since 1972 and have benefited in recent years from planned and sustained growth through excellent long standing relationships with our end users, customers, supply chain and employees.

We are a diverse Company that is flexible and innovative in our procurement methods and we embrace change so long that it provides improved performance and value.

Our partnering principle and non - adversarial approach ensures that we enjoy repeat business from our customers and a dedicated and transparent two way relationship with our supply chain

Contact: Nick White


Tel: 01992 500051

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Gill Building undertakes every kind of construction project from 5 million pound new builds to day to day maintenance. As general building contractors our experience and expertise is wide ranging and includes schools, hospitals, Local Authority, historic buildings and working with private clients.

The ‘Partnering Ethos’ fits comfortably with Gill Building. Our client focused, flexible and non adversarial approach has enabled the company build up expertise in this field. Open book costing along with value engineering and our early involvement in project design brings massive benefits to our clients.

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Contact: Andrew Green


Tel: 01603 623161


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Kier Eastern, part of the Kier Group, is a locally based constructor with operating bases in Norwich, Wisbech and Witham, whose reputation is founded on quality and timely completion, backed up by experience.

With a lineage stretching back over 140 years, the company provides an unrivalled construction service throughout the East Anglia to both the public and private sectors.

Our expertise includes an extensive portfolio in retail, health, education, defence, leisure, commercial, food, residential, industrial and community facilities, gained through a mix of traditional, design and build, and now more widely, through framework and negotiated procurement routes.

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Lakehouse are a rapidly growing regional building contractor who specialise in public sector works such as education, social housing and health including new build and refurbishment. We expect to turnover £75 million this year. We have offices in Essex, Kent, London and Dorset.

Contact: Jon Brookes


Tel: 01708 758800


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Mansell Construction Services
Major Contractor of the Year 2008

From houses and hospitals to colleges and classrooms, the scope of Mansell's building work can be summarised in just two words; Constructing Communities.

Of course when we say ‘constructing', we also mean regenerating and restoring - not to mention our wider aims of supporting the communities in which we work.

Contracts range in value from £100,000 to £25million and, at over £2 billion per year, our turnover is significant, achieved through ongoing success in our chosen market sectors of affordable housing, education, health, defence, airports, commercial and interiors, culture and heritage.

Our base is regional - with offices spreading from the Isle of Wight to Elgin - enabling us to offer a locally-led and focused service, but with the backing of national capability and shared experience. Mansells probably have the best national capacity and regional delivery and are one of the largest firms in the marketplace.

Mansells are a Balfour Beatty company.

Contact: Danny Belham


Tel: 01760 721388

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May Gurney
May Gurney is a dynamic integrated support and construction services company providing maintenance and enhancement services to the highways, rail, utilities and general infrastructure markets, primarily with public sector and regulated sector customers, across the UK. The company focuses on long term relationships, has 3,200 employees and delivers solutions through two primary business segments - Maintenance Services and Engineering & Project Services.

The Engineering & Project Services segment serves public and regulated sector clients across a broad range of industries. Core services include building, foundations, geotechnical engineering, waste management, flood protection, ground remediation and the enhancement of road and rail infrastructure.

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Contact: Kerry Kedge


Tel: 01603 727202

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Morgan Sindall
Morgan Sindall is a national construction company, which operates through a regional network of community-based local offices.

The company's core expertise is in building for education, healthcare, industrial and commercial organisations where it undertakes new build, refurbishment, special works and maintenance projects under a variety of procurement routes.

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Contact: Adi Corney


Tel: 01223 836611

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The National Federation of Builders is the leading trade organisation representing medium sized contractors and smaller builders. It provides a wide range of business solutions designed to further increase the productivity and professionalism of member companies.

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Contact: Jo Williams


Tel: 01480 479343

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N.C.T.G is funded by Construction Skills and is here to assist its members with managing their training requirements.

The main aim is to help members comply with current HSE Legislation and offer advice with industry best practise.

The intention being, that this will give them the edge when tendering for work in addition to retaining a loyal, safe workforce.

N.C.T.G has been in existence for approximately 40 years, however with the injection of Construction Skills funding and the appointment of a Training Officer working solely and independently for the group, the future is bright.

The group hold Two meetings a year and workshops are arranged if required to ensure members are kept up to date with current topics.

We offer a support network for our members and try to take the hassle factor out of the subject.

Networking opportunities give members the chance to share ideas, experience and product knowledge as well as gain information relating to local projects and tenders and keeping up tp date with general local intitatives and news.

Group Training Courses are arranged as depicted by the requirements of the members, when there is sufficient requirement within the group it provides the opportunity to take advantage of training at lower prices than would usually apply.

Alternatively training providers are sourced, rates negotiated and bookings arranged on behalf of the members.


Features and Benefits of NCTG

  • Excellent value for money only £5.00 per month - £60.00 for the year
  • Assistance with arranging and planning training for your workforce
  • Assistance with booking CSCS Health and Safety Touch Screen Tests
  • Assistance with the completion of Construction Skills Training Plans
  • Advice and assistance regarding Construction Skills Grants and information on any available additional funding
  • Members only supplier discounts
  • 2 Meetings a year and the opportunity to attend networking events with relevant guest speakers, workshops and social events
  • Reduced training costs
  • Point of contact available to members 20 hours per week to respond and assist with all of the above and any other training issues your company may encounter
  • Group training courses arranged locally to match member requirements
  • Provision of HSE Legislation news and other applicable information updates by email



For further details, please visit our website:

Contact: Samantha Thomas

Telephone: 01953 600700



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Norfolk Trusted Trader is an initiative from Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Service promoting high quality local businesses to Norfolk’s residents. We are pleased to have developed a partnership with Build Norfolk to further enhance the customer experience for residents choosing local businesses for their domestic projects.

Customers using the Build Norfolk website are able see which businesses belong to the Norfolk Trusted Trader scheme and can be assured that we at Trading Standards have made the following checks on those traders:

  • Credit check - a credit search is carried out to make sure they have a good history of handling money
  • Insurance details – we require our traders to hold an appropriate level of employer and public liability insurance
  • Complaints history – we check our complaints database to make sure there are no serious issues with a trader
  • Other memberships – we verify that memberships to trade associations and other accreditation schemes are genuine

What are the benefits of being a Norfolk Trusted Trader?

  • Customers can choose your service with confidence
  • You get to use the Norfolk Trusted Trader logo to promote your services
  • Feedback forms allow your customers to promote and recommend your services
  • New customers can see your feedback through our online directory, powered by Referenceline
  • Continued promotion of the scheme by Norfolk County Council through the media and public events

For further details about joining please visit our website


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SummitSkills is the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering. The sector covers the industries of air conditioning and refrigeration, electrotechnical, heating and ventilating, plumbing and building services engineering consultancy.

We work in partnership with BSE employers, stakeholders and key partners across the UK, to provide a coordinated approach to the sector's skills issues. This is to ensure that all those who work in the sector are equipped with the right skills at the right levels to enable them to be efficient and effective, increasing not only their own productivity but also that of the sector as a whole

We represent the views of the sector's employers to ensure that businesses have a powerful voice when lobbying for change in skills and training structures. SummitSkills can advise on all areas relating to skills, pointing you in the right direction on apprenticeships, business and management skills, funding routes, careers and training advice, regional training and education provision and skills initiatives that your business could benefit from.

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Contact: Ivor Rowley


Tel: 07872 061678

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T&B (Contractors) Limited

T&B is a direct descendent of Tacchi & Burgess, a building business founded in 1909. We are a modern, progressive and successful firm offering a unique blend of traditional values with an innovative and professional approach, which is aimed at exceeding our client’s expectations.

Our expertise ranges from the simplest maintenance and repair work through to designing and constructing complex multi-million pound developments on restricted sites. Our client base is varied and includes education, healthcare, commercial, residential and retail customers throughout London and the surrounding counties.

If you would like to know more about our approach to business, or require any further details on our company please contact:

Name: David Fogarty

Tel: 01582 833 633



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We are a responsible community developer, committed to working with local people, community groups and local authorities and keeping them informed about our work, both before we build and throughout the life of the development. We focus on getting the basics of homebuilding right first time, such as quality, customer service and health and safety, and we aim to continually improve all parts of our business.

We understand the importance of sustainability, providing strong, vibrant and healthy communities while also protecting and improving the natural, built and historic environment. We assess the effects on the environment of our building processes and the materials we use. We build new environmental methods and technologies into our schemes and provide social and economic benefits through good urban design. We introduce local employment and training schemes, and consider the legacy of the development at an early stage.

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Wates is one of the largest privately owned construction and development services companies in the UK. Employing in excess of 2,000 people and generating a turnover of £1bn, Wates’ strength is founded very much on family values and the desire to create spaces for future generations to enjoy. Operating via a national network of delivery centres, our strategic business units; Construction, Living Space, Retail and Interiors, successfully deliver an extensive range of projects across specialised market sectors: education, retail, interiors, affordable housing and regeneration, public and commercial sectors.

Wates Construction business turns over £460m through 11 Regional offices across the UK, delivering new build and refurbishment projects in the public and private sector, with values ranging from £0.75M to £100M. Over 80 percent of our work is with repeat customers - a testament to our commitment to delivering on time, on budget, to a high quality, safely, every time.

Contact: Sean McLaughlin


Tel: 01223 815666


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