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Creating a legacy

The company was founded by husband and wife team Paul and Gill Mathison in 2006, not long before the recession hit the UK economy. Surviving such difficult economic times with the business in its infancy gave the duo the skills to run a lean company with a focus on employing the right people and operating efficiently.

In 2014 Create added a property development company to its portfolio, and is now starting work on a site in Blackpool, the first in the company’s home town and a project Gill is particularly proud of.

She said: “It’s been an amazing journey. You start a business with great expectations and within 12 months the UK was in recession. “I’d argue that experience made us stronger as an organisation. We learnt very early on to operate in a lean way and one that is mindful of staff numbers and waste.

“We’ve kept that ethos ever since in the way we’ve operated the business, with a particular focus on people. They are the key to our business, and understand the vision, mission and values we have set as well as Paul and I do – where we came from and where we’re going.

“Now we’re developing a Hampton by Hilton hotel in Blackpool, with demolition begun and the build itself planned for January 2017. It should open its doors at the end of June.”

Since 2006 Create has gone from just two staff to employing 49 people. The launch of Create Construction and the company’s own development company has meant the business is providing its various divisions with its own pipeline of work.

Create has a history of working on high-profile projects including high profile student facilities in Sheffield (368 rooms), Leicester (140 rooms) and the refurbishment of 923 bedrooms and 162 kitchens in Liverpool.

Gill and Paul had been looking to introduce a new, residential property arm and the time was right in 2015, launching a housing division, Create Homes.

Create Homes’ first project was a development of 27 homes in Inskip, in the Fylde, including two, three and four-bedroom homes. Gill and Paul were advised on the development by Napthens’ Commercial Property team.

The business has a history of working with Napthens, including teams from Residential Property, and Employment & HR departments. Gill added: “Napthens has been a key part of our journey. Choosing the right people for the business is also about choosing the right support externally.

“Where we haven’t been able to justify having a member of staff internally, our lean thinking has meant we know we can achieve efficiencies by outsourcing select roles, and it’s paid dividends over the years.”