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Simons Group celebrate 70 years of business

We are incredibly proud to be celebrating 70 years of business with an intimate gathering of employees and key team players of the past and present. Later today, the Lincoln Cathedral Centre will be kindly hosting the celebrations for the local contractor, which will see the Subdean of Lincoln Cathedral attending, along with employees sharing stories with shareholders, previous Directors and long-standing employees from the past.

Paul Hodgkinson, Executive Chairman of Simons said of the achievement, “After 70 years, the key parts of our DNA as a business can still be seen. With their roots in the previous generation, we continue to be customer focused with team strength, undertaking technically challenging property solutions, with collaborative working styles and always striving to improve. We don’t just believe business is a financial, technical or logical transaction; we believe we are making a connection between people, team members, customers or suppliers. We look forward to the future of Simons, with the next generation continuing with the legacy of the company’s reputation and relationships.“

A brief history of Simons Group:

In September 1944, two 16 year olds, Peter Hodgkinson and Harry Dunn, were sent by W&J Simons from Nottingham to Lincoln. Their job was to deliver services under the ‘essential works orders’ that formed the basics of the WWII Home Front Construction activity.

What started out as work under military instruction became a successful, energetic and profitable venture. 20 years later, they bought the Lincoln Company they had created from the owners, removed W&J from the title and Simons was created.

Over the years, Hodgkinson and Dunn developed deep and trustworthy relationships with local Lincolnshire companies; Ruston Bucyrus, Mawer and Collingham and Lincolnshire Co-operative Society are all well-known brands for which these two energetic individuals delivered excellent services and projects.

Gradually, Simons branched out into offering services such as property development, design services, garage services and scaffolding. They also started to spread to new locations, and by early 1980’s they had 26 locations around the country. The business continues to be a mixture of projects, products, structures, people and relationships.

The projects that marked the high points in their first 40 years include unique structures; such as corporate hyperbolic paraboloids, multi-storey mushroom shaped concrete theatre entrances, refurbishment of old market hall areas and complex historic location remodelling. From the 1970’s until the mid 1980’s (at which point Lincoln Cathedral developed their in-house Works Department), Simons‘ Small Works team carried out generalnd maintenance to the Cathedral and Close Properties. The scaffolding works for Lincoln Cathedral still exist to this day, with the same employee having been involved in the works for over 40 years.

More recently the company has been involved in high profile health and retail projects for the company’s 15 chosen customers; notably M&S‘ award-winning flagship eco store at Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, with major distribution projects for Henry Schein in Kent, Gazeley and John Lewis at Magna Park, Milton Keynes; development projects for Marks and Spencer, Morrisons and Waitrose; design projects for Boots, Debenhams and Glaxo Smith Kline, alongside current major projects for LXB in Stafford, John Lewis Partnership in Horsham and major health projects at Nuffield Hospital in Cambridge and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

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