Sewell Group has welcomed a new business to its family after investing in a Huddersfield-based construction company.

Illingworth and Gregory (I&G) is a long established, well respected, family-owned business, which specialises in maintenance and refurbishments, primarily in health and education, in West Yorkshire.

Sewell Group’s investment in I&G makes the business a sister company to Sewell Construction and will help both companies capitalise on opportunities across the wider Yorkshire region.

Sewell continues to grow as a regional company, with offices and projects in West and North Yorkshire.

Paul Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell Group, said: “People do business with people, and the team at I&G are the type of people we want to work with.

“They share our values and it was very easy to bring them into the Sewell family.

“They put the customer first, create a nice buzz around things they get involved with and they secure repeat business, which is also the way we work.

“With our mutual regional aspirations and growth in West and North Yorkshire, this came up in Huddersfield. That’s a great fit, but the best fit of all is the people.

“This is a great partnership between two like-minded, family businesses, which helps reinforce our strategy to grow across the wider Yorkshire region.”

Sewell has already started working with I&G, with Sewell Construction Management Trainee Cameron Hodgson moving across from the business’ West Yorkshire team to work at I&G in the run-up to Christmas.

I&G’s Managing Director Jez Illingworth and Construction Director Dean Simpson will remain with the business and said the partnership creates an even brighter future for I&G as they look ahead to the future.

Jez said: “It’s business as usual as far as I&G’s team, customers and supply chain are concerned.

“We are very excited about becoming part of the Sewell Group family and by the mutual opportunities which lie ahead.

“We share the same goals, values and ambitions, and it’s really positive to join forces with a fellow successful Yorkshire family business as we look to build the future together.”

Both businesses take pride in and give back to the communities they serve while putting the customer at the heart of everything they do.

Working with and on behalf of partners, Sewell Construction has recently refurbished the Grade II listed Hull New Theatre and created the new £10 million Ron Dearing University Technology College (UTC), transforming the Kingston Square area of Hull city centre.

Construction of the new £9 million Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre is also well underway on the site of the former David Lister School in East Hull.

Work in West and North Yorkshire includes an extension and refurbishment of a hub and library in the heart of York and the recent completion of an extension and refurbishment at Athelstan Community Primary School in Sherburn in Elmet.

I&G has completed work on a wide range of projects in the health sector, including reconfiguration of the existing accident & emergency department at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds and redevelopment of a listed building at Leeds General Infirmary to form a state-of-the-art Hyperpolarisation MRI scanner department.

In education, I&G has recently completed in excess of £3 million worth of refurbishment projects across the University of Leeds estate.

Meanwhile, the construction and refurbishment of an 18,000sq ft veterinary referral centre is well underway and will provide the client with five operating theatres, eight consulting rooms and an intensive care facility, which will all be complemented by an all-digital imaging department, supporting a range of disciplines including cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery.

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