SOLOMONS Europe has continued to forge ahead with its ambitious growth plans in Cumbria despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

The firm of quantity surveyors and procurement and commercial professionals has seen four new recruits join its Cumbria team in the last 12 months to support a number of new contracts it has secured in the county. The latest arrival joined earlier this week, taking its Cumbria team to 13.

Solomons Europe - which has offices near Kendal and Cockermouth - specialises in supporting clients and contractors delivering major power, infrastructure, engineering and utilities developments across the UK. In Cumbria, it is currently supporting two multi-billion-pound frameworks at Sellafield, as well as contractors delivering projects at the BAE Systems site in Barrow.

The company has worked on United Utilities’ £300m West Cumbria Water Supplies Project and a £30m water quality improvement project at Windermere, and provided valuable support at the Gas Terminals, previously owned by Centrica, as well as the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm project located off the coast of Barrow.

Solomons Europe's managing director, Dominic Doig, said: “We’ve been extremely fortunate that - apart from a short period during the first coronavirus lockdown - the construction industry has remained open for business, and in some cases kicked on.

“Our excellent reputation in the marketplace and strong relationships have seen us pick up more work and allowed us to push ahead with our pre-Covid-19 plans to grow the business.

“Our hard-working team has to grow to meet the needs of our clients and we’re constantly on the look-out for highly-skilled and driven people, particularly in Cumbria.

"We’re not just on the hunt for people with the right experience - they also need to share our passion for supporting the communities in which we operate. Giving something back is a core part of the company’s ethos.

“In return we commit to helping them fast-track their careers and provide a whole host of benefits to ensure they feel valued and supported.

"As a small business, we’re acutely aware that it is the quality of our people that is key to our success.”