We are absolutely over the moon to announce that Modus have won KEiBA Employer of the Year 2021!

KEiBA, the Kent Excellence in Business Awards, are managed by the KM Media Group along with Kent County Council and recognise deserving businesses across the county.

Having been established for only 7 years, it is a huge achievement to win this award. We do everything we can to produce the best people through training, mentorship and employee investment, ensuring that our clients receive the highest standards of quantity surveying and construction consultancy services.

Award judge, David Ward from David Ward Associates, had the following to say in his comments:

“Possibly one of the smallest companies to have ever won Employer of the Year, Modus Construction Consultants are worthy winners. They thoroughly deserve the award for going above and beyond anything you would expect from a company of their size in regard to staff development and progression. The investment in the training and progression of their team to ensure they met the highest possible standards was inspirational and the very high retention rates were testimony to the way this was appreciated by the employees.”

Modus are beyond proud to have pushed the boundaries of the award, being one of the smallest to have ever won. Award criteria covered aspects such as sales turnover and profit levels over the last few years, key objectives for the coming three years, equality and diversity, how we retain a motivated workforce, staff development and training and what differentiates us as an employer of choice within our industry. Awards accreditations and achievements within our business were also recognised as part of the entry.

You can read a snippet of our entry below:

As a small but ambitious firm, we are proud of how far we have come in the last 7 years. As a business, we are proud of what we have achieved and the service we provide our clients, investing in our staff, securing repeat business, and working towards our goal of being the region’s number one Quantity Surveyor.  We are clear in where we see the business going within the next 5 years and know we have a dedicated and experienced team to help us get there.

Since inception in 2013, Modus has grown in both in staffing levels and turnover. The company is now supported by 10 full time members of staff consisting of two Directors, six Quantity Surveyors ranging from senior to trainee, an Office Administrator and a Marketing & Bid Co-ordinator. 

In recent years we have seen our business grow considerably. As a result of our staff becoming more experienced and qualified, along with our reputation growing in the market, we have been able to secure more and higher-value, projects. We have seen a stable increase in turnover and our profit as a percentage of turnover is consistent.

Despite facing a worldwide pandemic over the last year, Modus were in a fortunate enough position to hire 3 new employees. These included two surveyors, one of which was an Apprentice, and a Marketing & Bid Co-ordinator. Unlike many industries, the construction sector was able to remain open, meaning we have been able to continue our growth strategy despite unprecedented circumstances, with our staff reaping the rewards of their hard work.  No staff were furloughed and our 20/21 turnover increased by 16% on our 2019 turnover. Our predicted turnover for 21/22 is on track to further increase with 84% of work for this period already secured. 

The last couple of years has seen Modus be successful on several large public sector frameworks, thanks to our motivated and dedicated staff. These include: NHS Shared Business Services Framework, NHS London Procurement Partnership, Medway Council Framework,Medway Hospitals Framework, London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Framework and Assura.

Something that stood out to judges is the investment in our employees and our successful Apprenticeship Scheme. Over half of our workforce (4 out of 6 of our Surveyors) joined us through the scheme. We take on one or two apprentices a year, who, after one year of employment, are enrolled on a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying. The degree course is funded by Modus and trainees are allocated a dedicated training day per week in which to study. This study day is paid for by the company. Following on from the degree course, employees benefit from a structured training programme towards becoming Chartered. This arrangement allows for us to retain our staff by opening up career progression opportunities. We also encourage staff to suggest training opportunities for themselves that may support them within their role.

As a result of our training programme, our employees benefit from promotions through career progression as their experience grows. So far, we have supported and funded 3 employees through their complete degrees, with another 2 currently studying . Our Office Administrator, Claudia, recently completed her AAT Accounting Foundation Level 2 Certificate at East Kent College.

Being a smaller practice, we are able to provide a friendly, supportive place to work. As a company we pride ourselves on having a

stimulating and fun working environment. Modus has a relaxed atmosphere and our offices are modern and open plan, with up to date technology accessible to all. Our mentoring strategy, whereby each of the company’s Directors is a mentor to a member of our team, has been a great success, particularly with junior members of the team who find the mentoring invaluable.

Generally, our employees have enjoyed pay rises increases of approximately 15% to 30% year-on-year, way over the national average of 3.4%. Modus has just set up a private healthcare package with AXA which was rolled out and offered to staff from April 2020. Modus holds regular team lunches and team building events, as well as an annual summer event and Christmas party. Client and corporate hospitality is also shared between all members of staff.

We would like to express our gratitude all 2021 KEiBA judges, as well as Kent County Council and the KM Group, for awarding us this prestigious accolade. Congratulations to all other winners and finalists. Bring on KEiBA 2022!