Construction Enterprise Helps Build New Sheffield Business

December 1, 2013

Sheffield plasterer Matthew Hancock is meeting the credit crunch head-on having kick-started his own company with backing from a community construction programme.

Matthew is Sheffield-based SOAR Build’s latest success story, having been helped from unemployment, through training and into business.

He came to SOAR more than two years ago looking to follow his dad Dave’s footsteps into the trade and was taken on as a trainee working on social housing improvement schemes across north Sheffield.

IMG_9872His company MH Plastering has already picked up sub-contracting work with Keepmoat on Sheffield Homes’ social housing programme. Matthew, of Doe Royd Lane, Parson Cross, has also carried out private work locally and aims to hire more staff in the future.

SOAR Build is a joint venture between community regeneration specialists Keepmoat and SOAR Enterprises, which helps residents in Southey and Owlerton build new careers in construction. As well as supporting Matthew with training, SOAR Build also provided tools and paid for the branding on his new Vauxhall Meriva van.

Matthew aged 24 said: “It’s been great working for myself, and I have found that I have been really busy.

“I had always wanted to work for myself as a plasterer. My dad had worked in the trade before and I had wanted him to train me, but that wasn’t possible.

“So SOAR Build gave me a chance to learn the skills I have needed to branch out on my own. My ultimate aim is to work as a main contractor and maybe even take on more people to work for me.”

Since 2006, SOAR Build has helped 35 local people into employment in Sheffield – and four of them have gone on to work for themselves.

SOAR Build’s General Manager, Phil Wright said: “Everyone is hearing at the moment about how bad things are in the employment market and how people are struggling.

“But Matthew shows that there are still opportunities out there and we are delighted that he is doing so well.

“Working with Keepmoat on Sheffield’s Decent Homes programme has provided him with him with regular jobs, and people have been very happy with his work. He is building quite a reputation for himself.

“I am sure he will have a great future in the industry.”