An Interview with Matthew Brook – Calderbrook Managing Director
When getting started in the construction industry there are many different pathways you can go down. Our managing director Matthew Brook started his career straight from university due to his father Martin Brook already working in property management. We decided to pose some questions to Matthew to get his opinion on starting and growing a business as well as some tips for people looking to get started in this industry.
How did I start in construction
In 2005 I left university to join my father Martin Brook and his business partner Stephen smith. They had a property management company called calder developments ltd that they wanted to grow and develop property within the business. I went back to university part time and did a masters at Liverpool John Moores in Building surveying to increase my knowledge of construction.
Before university I travelled to Australia and New Zealand and worked as a labourer and handy man for various people and then in my second year at university over the holidays worked for a local building company as a labourer and knew that construction was the line of business I wanted to go down.
Growth of Calder Developments
My father martin brook and his business partner purchased a number of residential and commercial properties along with various plots of development land from 2005 to 2007 which enabled the business to grow and develop within a matter of months. Working along side my father and his business partner I made connections with various clients, but the main opening came when I tendered works for the land registry in Lytham. Once I had undertaken a few jobs I started working across the land registry network of offices around the country and then staff who worked on the contract moved to Carillion. This then opened the door to all of Carillion’s clients and once I was appointed a preferred contractor for Carillion, tenders for works came from all of their clients including RBS, Nationwide, Natwest, Virgin Media, Oxford schools to name a few.
Whats your favourite thing about working in construction
My favourite thing is the job satisfaction I get when I know we have done a good job for the client and they are complimentary about the works.
Over the past 15 years I have been in construction I have always managed to obtain works from referrals and recommendations and I believe that has attributed to the success and growth of the business.
One tip for starting your own business
Money can easily be made and lost in construction, but hard work, dedication and being honest and likeable is key to starting up on your own.