Leaving a legacy: Catching up with Bootle based SME SticX

Within a series of four projects under the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme, quick route to market via the NWCH allowed engagement of constructor partner, Morgan Sindall, at Concept Design stage. This allowed the alignment of design to promote the use of locally available trades and materials. As a result all four schools achieved 95% local spend. The constructor partner recognised that structural timber could be sourced locally, instead of importing alternative materials. Working with local Bootle based company SticX Ltd kept ‘the pound’ in Merseyside and allowed the business to develop.  We caught up with Chris Dermody at SticX to see how working on an NWCH project impacted the business and hear about what’s happened since the projects completion. 


How did you first become involved in the project?

SticX attended a ‘Getting Connected’ supply chain event which was led by Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme contractor partners. Morgan Sindall were at the design stage of their timber school solution and were looking for a local sub-contractor who could work with them.


What happened next?

Morgan Sindall assisted us with gaining entry onto their supply chain and we soon became involved with the design and delivery of two primary schools, Northway and New Park, and then later the Bellerive Sixth form project.


What benefits has this brought to your business?

The projects have all formed a significant part of our turnover and have helped a young company develop into a stable and professional business. To facilitate our growth, we have recruited more staff and operatives and we have invested time and money training people into their roles.


What opportunities have you been able to create for local people?

We have employed two trainees who we are sponsoring through professional qualifications and have consistently held placements for a number of apprentices, 2 of whom we now hold in full time employment. We are also creating an internal training programme for semi-skilled panel fabricators.


Overall, how has being part of an NWCH project impacted your business?

We’ve often found it difficult to engage with national contractors and get on supply chain lists. We’ve been fortunate to find a contractor following its words with deeds by using local suppliers and believe that the time invested in our company has led to a general increase in business opportunities for Sticx.


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