When I started Ashdan Consulting in February 2016 with my wife, we had no clients, no work and little capital. The first few weeks were all about survival and the first project was completed from our kitchen table. We threw everything into it because we knew that with our experience (more than 30 years combined) and a varied range of services, we would be able to create something special and add real value to our clients’ projects.
That first client was Turner & Townsend, who instructed Ashdan Consulting to provide commercial support on a major construction claim in the UAE. This formed the backbone of the consultancy’s work in 2016 and gave the business an ideal start.
From that sound foundation, Ashdan Consulting has been able to attract several new clients and I have recruited members to the team to suit a growing number of excellent opportunities. The goal for the next 12 months is to consolidate that position, and concentrate on steady controllable growth to enable us to continue to offer a first-class service to our clients.
As well as undertaking all the usual quantity surveying and project management services, Ashdan Consulting’s diversity enables us to also provide other services such as project planning, design management and focused work-winning support to contractors that includes bid management and bid writing – these additional services are rarely provided by other quantity surveying practices.
The company has come a long way over the past year, and its impressive list of clients now includes Newcastle law firm Watson Burton and several established architectural and engineering consultants, as well as private clients and local construction companies.
We are very much looking forward to seeing what 2017 brings, and to taking the business to the next level in the North East and beyond.