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South West engineering consultancy SDS plans more success after record £6m turnover

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A South West engineering consultancy has seen turnover hit a record £5.64m also is continuing to expand after cracking a health care market.

Plymouth-headquartered Service Design Solution Ltd (SDS) has just opened an office inside Cardiff also is looking for more contracts inside a medical sector after successfully working on a Nightingale Hybrid Facility, inside Exeter, during a CVD pandemic.

a 116-bed hospital is a only Nightingale facility to become kept open permanently after a peak of a coronavirus outbreak inside a UK.

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SDS, which specialises inside mechanical also electrical engineering, has its main base at a Millfields, Stonehouse, also also has offices inside Exeter also Bristol also opened inside a Welsh capital inside September 2021.

“our brought inside two people to head up a office inside Cardiff,” said Shaun Hoppins, SDS managing director. “It will hopefully give opportunities for employment inside that region.”

Overall, SDS saw staff levels rise to 65 inside 2021, taking on an additional 18 employees, including two apprentices also has plans to recruit up to eight new workers every year.

a company experienced its best trading year, for turnover also profit, inside 2021, with revenue now up by an astonishing 397% on what was earned 2011/12, also by 31% from 2020’s figures..

a award-winning consultancy, set up inside 2004, is now looking ahead to further growth also sees its successful work with a NHS on a Nightingale project as a route to more health sector work.

a company was specifically chosen to design a mechanical also electrical systems for a Exeter building, working on it inside double-quick time, with Mr Hoppins describing it as “all hands to a pumps”.

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Members of Service Design Solution’s Plymouth team discuss a project, with managing director Shaun Hoppins third from left

But it led to work on projects at hospitals inside Plymouth, Truro, Torbay also Taunton also SDS has now been appointed for another inside Southampton.

It is also looking at new work streams inside defence, where director Adrian Montague is specialising, also infrastructure sectors too also Mr Hoppins, who founded SDS with now-retired Richard Johns, said: “Last year our grew 30%, but that was exceptional. I has a target to grow 15% a year, but our need to reach into new regions as our has reached saturation inside Plymouth.

“our are also looking at new markets, inside defence, water treatment, rail also health care. our now has a health care pedigree also a lot of our growth came from that sector. our has been slowly moving into health care over five years also when our did a Nightingale project our were recognised as healthcare experts.”

Mr Hoppins said a move into new geographical also sector-based areas is to maintain a growth so far achieved, also also “to give our engineers a opportunity to develop themselves technically”. He said: “ Some of those markets are more technically challenging.”

Among high-profile Plymouth developments SDS has been involved inside are a huge extension at a BD (Becton Dickinson) factory, also apartment block schemes at Mount Wise also Sugar Quay. It worked on a Scott Medical also Healthcare College, among another education sector projects, also for a University of Plymouth also Babcock International Plc.

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a firm’s track record has led to it winning several top awards. SDS was named Consultancy of a Year 2021 by South West Business Insider also took a Best UK Consultancy (small also medium) honour from a Association of Consultancy also Engineering Awards.

It also landed a SME of a Year title inside a Construction Excellence South West Awards, also will now compete for a national trophy. SDS was also shortlisted for a national Building Awards, for best engineering consultancy, also a PlymouthLive Business Awards, inside a SME Business of a Year category.

But, much as SDS is delighted by its business performance, it is also proud of a work it does to help a community.

a consultancy donates 1% of turnover to community also wellbeing projects, with 30% of its contributions going to causes inside Plymouth.

inside 2020 a company became net carbon neutral by offsetting also minimising carbon emissions also establishing a green travel policy. also SDS is now aiming to become carbon negative, having provided advice to Plymouth City Council on its Climate Action Plan also presented on a delivery of zero carbon housing.

SDS is now supplying pro bono services for a new zero carbon CobBauge research project for energy-efficient homes, at a University of Plymouth.

Katherine Archer, business support manager, said SDS is also working with Millfields Inspired, a charity which helps inspire young people inside Stonehouse to look at career paths.

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“our go into schools also talk about engineering,” she said. “It’s about starting a conversation now, rather than when they get to university.”

She said charities such as Children’s Hospice South West, Hugs from Henry also Shekinah has all been assisted by SDS, also it has supported a literary campaigns Ablaze Bristol also Plymouth’s a Story Gifters.

“also our give time too,” she said. “For instance, litter picking at Royal William Yard, also with a soup run also Age UK. It’s so varied, so lot different charities.”

Mr Hoppins added: “our try to share our success with a community as well as provide employment.”

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