School friends build foundations for new business
Two old school friends from Penrith have joined forces and taken the huge step in setting up their own construction and project management business.
After working together for the past 14 years at a local construction firm, John Bousfield and Nigel McCombie decided it was time to go it alone and take up the challenge of starting their own business. The pair, who first met at secondary school, left their jobs earlier this year and have already made a start on their first project, with more work lined up for the future.
Bousfield Projects is the overarching name for the business, focusing on the pre-construction aspect of projects; with McCombie& Bousfield as the building services side of the business. Bousfield Projects, headed up by John, will help clients in all the intricate elements of development such as choosing the right Architect /co-ordinating design and cost control.
McCombie& Bousfield will be looked after by qualified builder Nigel and with their close network of contractors, offer the complete building package for domestic and commercial properties of all sizes; including new builds, conversions, structural works and new developments.
Both John and Nigel have lived in and around Penrith most of their lives. They have both gained considerable experience in the construction and building services industry gaining over 35 years experience between them.
“We have taken that huge leap of faith that many people do when starting their own business, but we are confident that with the skills, experience and contacts we have in the industry we can build a successful business. We work together really well and have worked on many projects before. We are also really good friends, so it is an ideal way for us to lay solid foundations for our growing business”
Together they have worked on a wide variety of projects from residential properties, to larger commercial developments. Through their careers they have also both gained many industry related qualifications. Nigel has gained a SMSTS qualification in Site Manager training, as well as an NVQ level 4 in Site Management. He holds an NVQ in Bricklaying and is also a qualified plant operator, whilst John holds an ONC & HNC in Building Studies as well as a current SMSTS certificate.
John is also very proud to have designed and built his own home with his Fiancée Helen, which was shortlisted for an LABC (Local Authority Building Control) award and won a NHBC (National House Building Council) ‘Pride in the Job’ award for excellence in On-Site Management.
“We are immensely grateful to Atkinson Building Contractors for the training, experience and opportunities we were given during our time with them that has given us the foundations for starting our new venture.”
McCombie & Bousfield can be contacted on John@bousfieldprojects.co.uk or 01768 889149