Calderdale company specialising in refurbishments and adaptations for disabled people is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
C and R Maintenance Services Ltd, which is based at Holmfield Mills, was started in 1955 by the late Leslie Chippendale, who branched out on his own to make garden sheds and called the company C and R Construction.
It works for well known brands including BUPA, Four Seasons, Leonard Cheshire and European Care and local authorities include Calderdale, Bradford, Leeds and Kirklees.
The firm, which employs around 20 people, boasts a £2.5m turnover and is now owned by Leslie’s son, Matthew, while third-generation family member James is sales director.
Leslie went from making garden sheds to asbestos and concrete garages and was so successful the company become one of the biggest garden shed and garage manufacturers in the country.
When integral garages became the fashion, the company moved on to manufacture portable buildings and had to move premises several times to cope with expansions.
Leslie and his wife Margaret’s four children, Debbie, Stephen, Martin and Matthew all worked in the business at some stage. Matthew first joined the company in 1981 before working elsewhere to gain more experience. He returned in 2006, when his dad became ill.
The company offers maintenance services for the public and private sectors, along with home refurbishments and extensions for the private individual.
“Sixty years really is a milestone and I know my dad would thrilled to know the name C and R still lives on. Like all companies we have been through tough times but we’ve managed to ride the wave and come out the other end.
“We have recently won several big new contracts, including one to refurbish student accommodation in Sheffield. The fact that we are in such a strong trading position is due to the team and the family who have supported the business.”