Midland construction group Weaver has reported healthy half-year turnover figures of #18.8 million, and is on target to achieve its projected #40 million for the year to next March.
Seventy-five per cent of work started in the first six months has been repeat business.
Joint managing director Alan Adamson said: "The underlying strength of the company continues to be the quality and speed of response to customer needs.
"These dynamics are particularly relevant to the retail sector where Weaver has established a core customer following."
In addition to a large number of retail refurbishment and new build projects, major contracts in the financial year include private and public sector education schemes across the region totalling in excess of #3 million, a fourth residential development in Streetly for Pegasus Retirement Homes at #3.6 million, a #3 million refurbishment for Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Northampton, and a #3 million residential care home development for Guildcare (Campden) at Chipping Campden.
Recently the company established Weaver Construction Management, providing a one-stop service for firms requiring a rapid response to their construction needs.
Meanwhile, the latest surveys from two leading building industry trade groups show that business remained fairly steady for firms in the West Midlands over the summer months.
After three consecutive quarters of double-digit negative growth, the latest State of Trade survey from the Federation of Master Builders saw only a slight fall in building workloads for the period July to September.
On a positive note, employment rose amongst the region's building firms.
While private housing work, both new build and repair, held steady, the social housing sector proved weak, and the results for public, non-residential buildings were also disappointing.
The summer months normally see a boost in work on school buildings for small and medium sized building firms. However, the survey recorded its first negative third quarter result for public non-residential buildings.
A second survey, this time by the Builders Merchants Federation, covering sales at builders' merchants during July to September, found that these fell by one per cent on the same period last year, compared to a UK national average of a 0.5 per cent increase.
Commenting on the figures, BMF secretary Peter Matthews said: "Whilst sales have dropped in comparison to last year, there are signs that this decline is now levelling off. The real test of market stability will come in autumn and winter quarters."
However, looking forward to the next quarter, twice as many West Midland builders expect workloads to fall (36 per cent), than to rise (18 per cent).
FMB Midlands director John Watson said: "Whilst we have seen growth in some sectors, certain parts of the market are still struggling, and it is too early to say if the overall sluggish conditions will be banished any time soon."