We are very proud to announce that we are now celebrating 50 years in business!
It has been a long and remarkable journey. With a current turnover of £5M, 100 staff operating out of two Leicester sites, and with our own contaminated land and physical testing laboratory, Nicholls Colton is thriving, and is very much looking forward to the next 50 years! Why not become a part of our story?
Scroll through our timeline below or continue reading…
Rolling Stones ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’ at No. 1 Sir Winston Churchhill diesFirst US combat troops arrive in Vietnam Russian cosmonaut carries out first spacewalk 1966 England win World CupFirst UK credit card introduced
1975 Microsoft founded
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Ministerr
Pink Floyd’s ‘Brick In The Wall’ No.1 in ChartsRonald Reagan becomes President of USAMount St Helens eruptsJohn Lennon shot dead
IBM introduce first personal computer 1982 Falklands War
1997 Death of Princess Diana
First Harry Potter book released
Spice Girls ‘Spice Up Your Life’ at No. 1
Google founded2001 Twin Towers 9/11 attack
Indian Ocean Boxing Day Tsunami
Band Aid 20 ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ at No.1
London 7/7 bombings
UK Banking Crisis
Barack Obama becomes first black President of USA
Lewis Hamilton becomes Formula 1 World Champion
Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami
Amy Winehouse dies
2012 London Olympics
Bradley Wiggins wins Tour de France and Olympic Gold
Roy Nicholls and John Colton surely never imagined that five decades after they began working out of small cramped premises in central Leicester in 1965, that the business would still be here, let alone would become so successful.
Like any business that has existed for so many years, Nicholls Colton has had its fair share of both good and bad times. The 1980s and 1990s saw significant difficulties and a vastly changing market; and of course the more recent banking crisis of 2008 brought its own unique problems. Despite this, the Company has managed to survive, and in recent years, has even flourished.
Following the retirement of Keith Spencer and Brian Pailing in 2005, Associate Directors Ian Elliot and Alex Warwick took over the firm. Under their leadership, the business entered an exciting era of growth. The marketing and sales strategy of the firm was modernised; a new laboratory was created so that a contaminated land testing service could be offered; Nicholls Colton Analytical and Nicholls Colton Structural was created; the senior management of the firm was re-structured, and in 2010 the business was re-branded, with fresh new logo’s, a new website and the new ‘Group’ concept.
As ever, the business provides advice to the construction sector – materials testing, physical and chemical soils testing, contaminated land testing, waste testing, bridge and highway testing, site investigation and land contamination studies, and of course, consultancy for all of these.
Today, Ian and Alex run the firm with Directors Mike Shelbourne, Nick Hutt and Guy Anderson. The business continues to thrive and growth continues apace. Nicholls Colton Geotechnical and Nicholls Colton Testing have recently moved into new premises near Leicester Forest East, and the Nicholls Colton Analytical Laboratory is expanding at the premises in Harding Street.
It is of course thanks to our loyal and talented staff that we have thrived and succeeded over the many years that we have been in business, and it is amazing to think that in 1965, so many of today’s staff were not even born! We are proud that many of our staff have been with us throughout their careers – CEO Ian Elliot (29 years), Chairman Alex Warwick (28 years), Director Guy Anderson (34 years), Director Nick Hutt (23 years), Policy Manager Luigi Sorrentino (30 years), Geotechnical Engineer Neil Birchenough (41 years), Laboratory Manager Lee Harbottle (26 years), Buyer Alan Oxbrough (41 years), Account Manager Bharat Amin (25 years), Senior Technician Mohammed Hussein (25 years) and Estimator Martin Krajenski (33 years) having all been here in excess of 20, if not 30 years each!
Trying to imagine quite how long fifty years is, and what a precious milestone this is, is perhaps not that easy. Have a look at our timeline below, and see for yourself just how much things have changed over the years that we have been in business………and ponder on what might happen in the years to come!
We look forward to you being a part of our on-going success story.
Ian Elliot and Alex Warwick July 2015