Bedfordshire Business Awards 2016: Family Business Award winner is Spitfire Scaffolding


Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  November 18, 2016

There is something special about a family coming together to work hard and build a successful business – and that is exactly what this firm has done.

Spitfire Scaffolding is a small, family-run business proud of its working class roots and its dedicated team of staff.

The Corbett brothers from Putnoe set-up the scaffold supply, erect and hire service in 2009, and today Nigel is at the helm of a firm with five members of staff and some huge projects in the pipeline.

It is this hard work that secured them the top spot in our Family Business of the Year award.

Nigel said of the business: "We like to think we use a lot of the latest technology with the scaffolding and also with the office cloud systems and we use a lot of local labour and suppliers - all of our suppliers come from a 20 mile radius.

"There are lots of young lads out there that want apprenticeships and we train them up and turn them into fully fledged scaffolders.

"Plans for the future are to continue to grow the business in a steady way and to employ more local talent and provide for my family and my brothers' families for many years to come." Our judges connected instantly with this firm's personality and passion for their work.

One of our judges said they display 'the grit and determination to make the business work as a family' while also recognising the impressive growth achieved over the last five years.

Another praised the support shown to apprentices by the family firm, which has employed one full time since training and have several more under their wing.

And upon winning the award the team was delighted.

Operations director, Anna Plaster, told BoS: "The award itself is very fitting as the three brothers set up this business as a family and there is an entire family of strong women backing these men in making Spitfire a success. These women, the wives, the daughters, have helped to make this business a success and a real family effort.

"But it's not just the blood connection; it is the family-centred ethos we have with everyone who is involved in this business.

"This is demonstrated in the support we give our apprentices, both in training and financially, and nurture them as they grow in their careers.

"It is a family business and that family has expanded to incorporate everyone who is part of it."