A RECORD-breaking anniversary year is the first step of expansion for a surveyors firm.
McAndrew Martin, comprising chartered surveyors, engineers and architectural design services, is setting its sights on further growth over the next 12 months.
It comes as the firm, based at Dundas Lane, Copnor, finished strongly last year – its 25th anniversary.
Highlights included takeovers of Brunel Design Services and Veness Chartered Surveyors and the launch of a land and new homes division.
McAndrew Martin also saw a 40-per-cent increase in demand for residential surveys and valuations.
And to celebrate its silver anniversary, the firm held a gala at the Spinnaker Tower for its employees.
With the new year started, the company, which employs 20 people, is now looking ahead to 2015 and plans are in place for expansion.
The company’s plans for the year include expanding its conservation expertise overseas, recruiting more staff and continued contracts to inspect and maintain prestigious buildings nationwide.
Managing director Bill McAndrew said: ‘Our 25th anniversary year was the great success we always hoped it would be.
‘It was down to the hard work of our dedicated and experienced staff as well as our valuable relationship with clients, suppliers and business associates.
‘We recorded our best year so far and we are looking forward to the next 12 months with great confidence.
‘After our silver success, we are now going for gold. Roll on the next 25 years.’
McAndrew Martin, which is based at the Fairway Business Centre, carries out work across Hampshire and the south.
It extends its services to London and other nearby counties like Sussex, Kent and Surrey.
Mr McAndrew added: ‘With increasing amounts of private architectural instructions and more general surveys and valuations, we are also looking to again increase our number of staff.’
The company aims to continue its support of charities after it raised £4,300 for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
It will be holding its second annual charity golf day on April 28 at the Waterlooville Golf Club, Cowplain.