Access North Structures turns 7!
Happy Birthday to us!
We can’t quite believe that it’s been seven whole years since we first set out on this journey, but we’re thrilled with all that we’ve achieved and how far we’ve come in that time. Since starting out in 2011, we’ve welcomed new faces on board, relocated (twice!) and scaled some truly incredible structures – all in our ongoing bid to become renowned in our industry as The Height Experts.
So, to mark this momentous occasion, we’ve pinned down our MD, Berenice Northcott, to quiz her about what her highlights are from the Access North story so far…
What’s been your main highlight from the past seven years?
Being able to take on staff was a massive milestone for us. And growing the business from a start-up in our spare bedroom to where we are now has been one huge highlight.
What’s been your favourite project?
Do I have to choose just one?! I’d probably have to say preparing the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship for its maiden voyage. It was a really unusual project for us and definitely one that’s stood out. I also have a soft spot for Butlin’s as they were our first – and now our longest-standing – client, and we’ve gone from maintaining one site to all three.
What are you most proud of?
Seeing the systems and processes we’ve developed being implemented by the whole team, and watching every member flourish in their roles.
What have you learnt from the last seven years?
Everything! I’ve learnt how to set up a business from scratch, lead a company and work harmoniously (mostly!) with my husband. I’ve had to adapt to juggling my family and working life, and also focus on making sure everyone’s happy.
Would you do anything differently in hindsight?
I wouldn’t go back and change anything as I’ve learnt some valuable lessons from certain things, that I’d do differently now. However, I do wish I’d trusted my gut more in the early days of the business. When something’s new to you, it’s easy to doubt yourself and rely too much on the advice of others – but I know now that I do have good instincts.
Where do you see Access North in seven years’ time?
From the start, we set out to become known in the industry as The Height Experts and for people to recognise our brand. We wanted to stand out in the rope access arena, and with our additional expertise in ETFE structures, tensile fabrics and fall protection systems, we’re well on our way to achieving our aims. It’s difficult to say exactly where we’ll be in seven years, but we’ll certainly continue on this mission by taking on more staff and potentially opening a second office somewhere. Who knows, we might even branch out with a new build ETFE division – watch this space…
How would you describe the past seven years in one word?
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