Orchard hope growth plans will bear fruit

Gareth Henderson

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A Calderdale company is hoping the appointment of a new finance director will help with its target of a nationwide expansion.

Orchard Facilities Management is looking to appoint a finance director to support its growth strategy following a £50,000 rebrand last year which brought together IT services firm Orchard Networks and waste management specialist Orchard Environmental.

The firm works with businesses nationwide looking after waste management, IT managed services, pest control, maintenance and compliance.

It currently employs 30 people at its head office in Elland and is set to create a further 18 jobs in the next three years.

Managing director Gareth Henderson said the creation of a new finance director role was part of a clear strategy for nationwide expansion.

“Our business is currently focused primarily in Yorkshire but we have a national footprint with client sites as far as Fareham in the south and Glasgow to the north,” said Gareth.

“Our goal is to be the facilities management provider of choice for businesses of all sectors and sizes operating nationally to ensure our clients’ buildings and services are safe and compliant.

“We intend to retain our strategic base here in West Yorkshire and we are now actively seeking a finance director to join our local team and support our UK growth plans.

“We are looking for someone to work closely with our senior management team and deliver leadership and strategic planning advice.”

Gareth is a former winner of the Halifax Courier business awards young business person of the year and business of the year for Orchard Energy.

Lakehouse, the asset and energy support services group, acquired Orchard for an initial cash consideration of £7m in July last year.

In the financial year ended 31 August 2014, Orchard reported a turnovers of £4.99m and profit before tax of £0.88m.