November 2016
70th Anniversary for Pearce Construction!

Building For the Future at 70


When it comes to sustaining a successful regional business, there are few people who understand the challenges better than David Parsons, Managing Director of Barnstaple based Pearce Construction.


Pearce are celebrating 70 years of building homes, commercial properties, schools, hospitals and many other key buildings that serve the people of North Devon.  Over those seven decades, they have consistently employed and developed local craftsmen and won numerous national awards, including being the current holders of the National Federation of Builders’ award for National House Builder of the year.


Pearce have an outstanding record when it comes to the development and retention of their staff, with a huge percentage of their employees having been with them for more than 20 years.  In a sector that is dominated by national organisations and household names, it is definitely something to feel proud about.  David explains what he believes to be the secret of this sustained success.


“Whilst it is vital that any company has a healthy balance sheet, I have never believed that it is the purpose of a business.  Without a true passion for providing something that will truly make a difference to people, then it is difficult to see how you can sustain a level of commitment and dedication that will sustain long-term success.   I have always felt that true success is measured by the legacy you leave.  The people we develop will continue that legacy.”


Apprenticeships have always been a key part of the Pearce Construction strategy.  They have already taken on three this year so far and may yet add to that number.  However, over the last 70 years, apprenticeships have changed a bit.


Director of Pearce’s Property Maintenance Division, David Lake, started as an apprentice with the company 47 years ago.  His first placement was on a housing site at Bellaire in Barnstaple, where he worked alongside two long-serving carpenters.  David recalls, “at that time we had to work on Saturday mornings as well and my first wage packet contained just four pounds, nineteen shillings and 6 pence, or £4.98 for those too young to remember.  Right from the start I loved working for a local company with such a good reputation and I still do.  There has always been a culture of ‘doing it right’ and focusing on quality, which fits with my values.”


Nowadays, apprenticeships are much more structured and have more academic content.  Pearce look to develop people throughout the whole of their business and a great example is Marketing Assistant, Jade Knott who received Petroc College’s Outstanding Apprentice in Business & Administration award in 2014.


 In our fast-paced, media driven environment, longevity is not always appreciated, but in the case of Pearce Construction it is the foundation of their continued success.  Stephanie Coley, the HR and Safety Manager is due to retire later this year and is currently looking for her replacement.  She feels the Pearce culture nurtures and develops staff.  “I have no hesitation in saying that our employees really are regarded as the company’s greatest asset.  We have a true open-door policy, offering easy access to talk to management.  There is also a ‘work hard – play hard’ approach and I believe all of this has created a productive, cheerful place to work, which in turn means we have a very low churn rate.  My 30 years at Pearce have been very happy and fulfilling.  So, although I am looking forward to my retirement, I shall certainly miss my Pearce family”



David Parson’s Managing Director with fellow Director David Lake and HR Manager Stephanie Coley, toasting a total of 115 years service between them













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