Lift-off for former Carillion employee’s city company

L-R): Roger Talbot, Savesta Site Manager; Councillor John Reynolds, Samuel Hudman, Savesta Director, and Jonathan Astley, Astley Partnership Architect, at the site of the new Heath Park Academy School art block
L-R): Roger Talbot, Savesta Site Manager; Councillor John Reynolds, Samuel Hudman, Savesta Director, and Jonathan Astley, Astley Partnership Architect, at the site of the new Heath Park Academy School art block

Business is booming for a former Carillion employee who has set up his own construction company in the City of Wolverhampton.

Samuel Hudman, established Savesta Construction Ltd within days of leaving his post as a Bid Manager at industry giant Carillion when it announced it was going into liquidation in January.

He secured his first contract the following month and now employs four other former Carillion workers from Savesta’s base at University of Wolverhampton Science Park in Glaisher Drive.

Specialising in new build and refurbishment building projects up to a value of £6 million across the West Midlands, the company has drawn on help and advice from City of Wolverhampton Council and SPARK Business Incubation Hub.

It is also using the local supply chain and its first project to construct a £3 million stand-alone new art block at Heath Park Academy School is progressing well.

The building is expected to be completed in November and will house the school’s art and media provision.

Samuel said: “When Carillion collapsed a number of projects and clients in the West Midlands were left in limbo, this coupled with a desire to put our large main contractor experience to good use locally and a long-standing hunger to work for myself culminated in the formation of Savesta Construction Ltd.

“Savesta’s USP is our early contractor advice offering. We want to help customers through the construction project lifecycle by offering clear and honest advice from initial design development, through costing advice, planning development and then go on to deliver the construction works. Effectively creating a one-stop shop for the delivery of a construction project.

“Our focus moving forward is to deliver exceptional projects to delighted customers. We hope this approach of high quality insight and delivery will enable us to develop a strong order book of repeat customers.”

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This is a fantastic phoenix from the flames story and Sam deserves a huge amount of credit for what he has achieved in such a short space of time.

“It is an example of the entrepreneurial spirit in the city and shows how businesses, with support from the council and city partners, are thriving in Wolverhampton.

“It is great to see a Wolverhampton company and local people in the supply chain benefitting from city contracts.”

Immediately following the Carillion news in January, the city council combined forces with local training providers to offer ongoing support packages to former Carillion employees and staff affected by redundancy in supply chain businesses affected by the Wolverhampton-based company’s liquidation.

For further information on the support available visit: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/carillionsupport.

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