JCS Interiors Celebrate 10 Years

JCS Interiors have been delivering exceptional interior fit-out services for 10 years so we thought we would celebrate and tell you a little bit about us.

We interviewed one of our Directors, Dave Allen about the successes and the future of JCS Interiors.

Hi Dave, tell us a bit about what you do.

I’m responsible for the staff side of JCS. Whereas Paul does the estimating and commercials and John deals with the technical aspects, I make sure all the staff are fully briefed, booked in for the right times and properly equipped to do their job.

Image of Critical Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital plasterboard feature works done by JCS Interiors

How did JCS get started?

I’ve known Paul for a long time. I was a contracts manager for him before John and I set up JCS and we combined the two companies.

My background is on the tools. I was a dryliner fixer and working on suspended ceilings. Most of us have been on the tools at some stage in our career. I think that is what gives us the edge-we know what we’re talking about when we are dealing with clients.

What else do you attribute your success to?

Firstly, our staff are amazing. They are incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated. They worked round the clock on the Nightingale projects in the north-you can ask much more than that!

But they also really know what they are doing. They are happy to collaborate with others, develop their skills and keep their knowledge of their craft up to date. They’re always at the top of their game.

The management team are also really strong. We are al such good friends. I think when you build a business like ours from the ground up you become a strong unit.

It hasn’t always been easy and we have had trials, same as any business, but through it all you have each other’s backs and you come out stronger. We’re all versatile and reliable. We can respond quickly to new challenges and get the job done.

What are your standout moments in the last 10 years?

Image of Barton Square

I think working on the Nightingale projects will stay with me for a long time. There was such a sense of camaraderie. Everyone helped each other out There was a proper sense of unity across all the trades.

We knew we were doing it to prepare for something quite awful and we were all really committed to getting it done in time. Obviously, we were in quite a vulnerable position, all being together like that with Covid-19 floating round, but you couldn’t think like that. We just got in, worked round the clock, and got the emergency hospitals up and running.

I was so incredibly proud of our performance and contribution to the national effort.

The other thing I’m really proud of is making it this far. We win big, prestigious contracts, like the Commonwealth Games 2022. To be able to stand here 10 years on with a thriving business is something pretty special.

Barton Square at the Trafford Centre was another stand out moment.  Looking back, I can’t quite believe what we achieved in the time frame. The craftsmanship on that project is incredibly high. Whenever I go shopping there now, I just stand and think ‘did we really do all this?’.

We have also doubled our turnover each year and we have clients that come back time after time.

What is next for JCS Interiors?

Well we have just signed up to do the Commonwealth Games residential projects. We will be doing the SFS. That is going to be one of the biggest building sites in Birmingham and we will be working on it until Christmas.

We also have two residential blocks coming up in Manchester for next year.

Recently we invested in four new vans and 6 new mobile access work platforms, so we are looking forward to getting our use of those.

image of Owens Park Campus for JCS Interiors

Any big challenges in the past 10 years?

We have had our ups and downs, like every business. I think a biggest challenges were having companies going bust on us, signing some of the big contractors, and getting onto some of the new projects.

How will you celebrate your 10 year anniversary?

I think we will celebrate properly after Covid-19 but we will be making some charity donations.

We are buying a greenhouse for Bacup Pride and sponsoring local football teams and a young cricket team.

We also sponsor a dressage rider, Samantha Morris and an adult rugby player, Joe Parkinson.

Anything else you want to say?

Just a big thank you to all the team. We look forward to another successful 10 years (at least).