It’s the place to be.” Reliable Contractors was launched more than 40 years ago by Brian’s semi-retired father Patrick, 72.
After many successful years, helping 35,000 clients, the entrepreneur has led a fruitful diversification drive at her Ashford-based firm.
This prompted the huge growth which has given RIFT the bronze medal in this year’s Mega Growth 50.
He and business partner Philip Cunningham, a lawyer at Tunbridge Wells-based Cripps, both remortgaged their homes to get the business off the ground.
“I managed to convince him to put some money in,” said Mr Savage.
The figures have been taken from accounts filed to Companies House and those submitted to Kent Business by firms themselves. 492.1% Reliable Contractors, Margate As Usain Bolt made it into the record books inside the Olympic Stadium at London 2012, Brian Greene of Reliable Contractors was preparing to set some benchmarks of his own.
His recruitment firm, which supplies civil and rail engineering staff, has enjoyed its biggest ever years of growth thanks to long-term work on sites like the Olympic Park.
“It was a very shrewd move on his part, or so I keep telling him.” However, some challenges still lay ahead for the firm, particularly local politics on where to build housing.
Director Stuart Mitchell said: “If you are doing brownfield development you would think that would be well received.
Director Brian Greene said: “We have been fortunate to have the two biggest infrastructure projects in Europe in quick succession – the Olympic Park and Crossrail.
“A lot of businesses are coming to this country from Spain, France, Germany and now China trying to tender for work.
Upskilling the workforce is very important and that is how we get longevity on projects. There is a huge shortage of trade people and we need an emphasis on training and apprenticeships.” 2.