It’s been quite the year at Blaze, we have seen ourselves grow our staff by over 30%, have broken into Nuclear with large contract wins, now have three multi million pound wind energy projects under our belts and we’re currently working on a fourth.
So a great year looking at it from a high level but what of the challenges for an SME. IR35 features largely as does the work around our Carbon Footprint which culminated in Howard and I attending COP26. It was at the CBI event we heard Tracy Black talk about how it will be the Oil and Gas Supply Chain that will lead the charge in supporting the new greener energy sectors, having learnt their craft offshore.
Being an SME we are nimble and fast paced, we can have someone on a chopper within 4 hours, we have the ability to think on our feet, problem solve in the harshest of conditions and bring new innovation to all the different sectors we now work in that make our supply chain so unique.
We collaborate closely with many other SME’s, our community is strong and we help each other. Its not rocket science, it behaving well.
Next year the challenges continue with Blaze mobilising in Falklands, Zambia, Canada, Turkey, Norway and Holland – challenges indeed in the ever present fight against Covid.
We have transitioned into many different markets and we have invested in our people to support these new sectors and customers with the required skill sets and competencies. This has meant we have needed some new members of Blaze, therefore we have swelled our numbers by bringing in two Project Managers, an Estimator, a Planner, two Designers and a new General Manager, we are set for success but we didn’t do it on our own!
As we exit 2021, with a strong backlog of work this is testament to the continued support from Balmoral Group and Jim Milne who have believed in us as a company and facilitated our growth, for this everyone at Blaze is very proud.
2022 will be a defining year, we are set up for success and look forward to meeting each challenge head on!