Many parallels can be drawn between the strengths a successful athlete needs to reach the pinnacle of their sport and the similar qualities required by a business to achieve success.
Dedication, commitment, quality of both product and service and a competitive spirit are just a few. Stamina and endurance became Luton’s watchwords this summer as contracts flew in with each one more urgent than the last.
The Portable Offices’ team rose to the challenge and the London depot went all out to win and fulfil the cream of contracts at the Olympics.
With so many Olympic outreach events being staged, every venue required its own entry security gatehouse together with offices and changing areas. It was here that Portable Offices came into its own, supplying and erecting several within the London catchment area for the outside sporting events, such as cycling and equestrian activities.
Meanwhile, general contracts were already underway, including numerous educational buildings and classrooms and with term-time deadlines looming, the depot was stretched in every way to meet their commitments, but the team rallied and nobody was left disappointed.
Eton College saw the refurbishment of their cricket pavilion and needed changing rooms, showers & toilets, Berkshire College of Agriculture needed 8 further classrooms in the their second refurbishment programme.
Then Luton made a ‘break for it’ with the installation of new classrooms at Brixton Prison to provide IT training for prisoners as part of its rehabilitation and retraining programme. The Portable Offices’ team literally had to blow a hole through to the main prison wall and work in tandem with security professionals to ensure there were no exposed items for prisoners to take either as weapons or for self-harm purposes. They then went on to provide specialised door handles and locks in line with prison specification.
With plenty of business bubbling away, Luton will be working with the main contractors who are constructing a massive new Thames dock area, adjacent to Tilbury and believed to be the largest in Europe.
Still in London, with the Ahoy Centre contract now complete, the team will be working closely with a new charitable operation designed to support under privileged children achieve their sporting aspirations.
Manager, Neil Christie, said: “It has been a phenomenal summer for us and incredibly busy. I want to thank the whole team for their dedication and hard work throughout these past few weeks and to welcome a new member of our team, Matthew Calloway who has joined the sales team at Luton.”
Matthew will be office-based on the sales support desk at Luton dealing with new enquiries and organising contract sales.