Maintaining commercial and domestic buildings in the city and across the West Midlands has pushed a newly launched Edgbaston-based company’s turnover to £1 million in just a few months.
RSB – Reactive Services to Building – is the brainchild of James Dickens and his partner, Richard Bridgman, who have decided not only to invest in the skills to keep the West Midlands top buildings in good condition but also to launch a ‘School of Artisans’ for carpenters, plumbers, decorators and electricians.
“Now Birmingham is a leading European city its landscape and building needs have changed dramatically with a stream of landmark properties needing constant maintenance and attention,” said Mr Dickens, the son of the late Roger Dickens, who was senior partner with KPMG as well as a string of other roles.
He added that RSB already operated a 24-hour service for several top city names and private residential clients and have plans to expand the service significantly.
One well-known city name already on RSB’s client list is Bigwood.
Director Jonathan Hackett said: “Their commitment to qualified craftsmen means that our expectations for quality for us and our end users are continually met.”
Mr Dickens said the construction industry had been forecasting a shortage of skills for some time which was why the company was investing in training so that the property community would have easy access to all aspects of building services.