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02 October 2017

FSB Wales Blog - Business of the Month - John Weaver Contractors

Swansea-based construction firm John Weaver Contractors are celebrating their 50th birthday this month.

The firm was established as a family business and has grown over the years to become a significant employer in the South West Wales area. They are also industry leaders in the conservation field, something which they seek to develop in the coming years.

The firm now employs over 90 staff and increases this by taking on two apprentices each year. As the business grows, John Weavers is aiming to establish itself as a Wales-leader on conservation work, having already undertaken some notable work preserving and restoring Wales’ historical buildings such as the RICS Award winning Grade II Listed Cornerstone Chapel in Cardiff, and Grade I Listed Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea. 

 Award winning refurbishment of Grade II listed Cornerstone Chapel £6.7 million Grade II Listed refurbishment of the Glynn Vivian art Gallery


John Weavers also hope to continue their growth of new build projects within the healthcare, educational, commercial and public sectors, and continue to grow their specialist and small works division, which gives them the opportunity to hire a variety of construction apprentices and staff. These apprentices benefit from the company’s own apprenticeship award scheme, set up by their late MD Ian Hawkins.  Ian left £10,0000 in his will to set up the Ian Hawkins Trust for Apprentices and Young People, aiming to assist new construction entrants within the company, and many of them progress through the company to become site managers and senior management.

New build £2 million Hyundai Showroom in Swansea

The business emphasises the family values from which the original company grew, and emphasises the quality of their work. They have recently adopted the tagline “Where Quality Doesn’t Cost, It Pays” which sums up a business with home-grown family values, and the vision for a hugely successful business.

As John Weaver Contractors celebrates its 50th year of trading in its current form - although the business established by the Burgess family has been operating for over 100 years - they are clearly set to become an even highly well-respected construction and conservation firm in South West Wales and beyond.