Who We Are
Who We Are / Our DNA
Stothers (M&E) Ltd was founded in 1957 by Denis Stothers and was located on the Albertbridge Road in Belfast. Originally on a much smaller scale in comparison to today’s operation, the maintenance fleet boasted a push bike, complete with a handlebar-mounted basket for the carriage of materials.
The bicycle serviced the maintenance requirements of the local Belfast business and a swift upturn in business saw its early retirement from active duty in favour of more suitable transport.
From humble beginnings, Stothers has evolved from a small-scale maintenance provider to a national market leader in the provision of Mechanical and Electrical Building Services and Contract maintenance. The organic growth was achieved through progressive and strategically planned internal development and succession planning, with particular focus given to development and succession planning, with particular focus given to development and up skilling of staff.
Stothers (M&E) now boasts annual turnover in excess of £50 million, serviced by over 100 directly employed staff and a supply chain in excess of 1,000 approved suppliers and sub-contractors.
With regional offices in Glasgow and Manchester, supplemented by long term infrastructure in London, Dublin, and Edinburgh we are confident that we will continue to enhance our reputation as a market leader in the provision of Building Services and will continue in our goal of exceeding customers expectations on each and every project.
Meet the team
DW Stothers initiates the Stothers journey in 1957. Company specialises in domestic plumbing and heating.
Stothers builds new head office which still exists today (1976). Company begins commercial and industrial work with projects such as the Ulster Museum and Newtwonards Hospital.
Business branches out and is successful in winning public sector contracts. Blue chip company portfolio increases to include, amongst others Hastings Hotels, Littlewoods and Sun Alliance, Insurance group. Landmark goal achieved by reaching one million turnover.
DW Stothers passed away in 1990 and George Weir took over and continued to grow the company. George Weir turns the financial difficulties into success by changing the variety and complexity of work.
Company had a wonderful opportunity to work with the BBC hit TV series Challenge Anneka on Corrymeela, Ballycastle. Highlights also included Michelin Factory, Custom House and the Civil defence centre Ballymena.
2000 is a significant year for the business, George Weir makes the decision to retire and passes the reigns to Jim Marley, Eric Preston and Hilary Ellis. Buy-out focuses on company growth expanding beyond Ireland to the central belt of Scotland and in so doing almost triples the company’s turnover. Projects of this decade included: St Joseph’s Academy, Kilmarnock; Rushmere Shopping Centre, Craigavon; Hastings Hotel Group; David Lloyd Health Club, Dundonald; Hilton Hotel, Belfast; Millfield College, Belfast.
A decade later Stothers undergoes another management buyout by Colin Cherry and Brian Megarry. This is a difficult time for the business in the midst of the global financial crisis. The new management team strategises and refocuses on developing their business in the UK with a new Scottish office opening in 2011, soon followed by a Warrington office in 2015. Expansion has a major effect on company growth. With staff escalation of 190 and turnover acceleration of £18m. Projects completed: National Army Museum, Chelsea; Piece Hall, Halifax; The Connaught Hotel, Mayfair, London; Salford University, Student Accommodation, Manchester; Elgin Place Student accommodation, Glasgow; Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock.
Due to continued expansion the company moves to new larger premises in Glasgow (late 2018). The vision for Stothers is continued growth building upon 60 years of success in the industry.Business prepares for another ten year journey to 2029 and has already set its target working on many signature projects including: Maghaberry Prison, Moira; Mersey Care, mental health unit, Southport; Eltham College, London; Raigmore Hospital, Inverness; Claridges Hotel, Mayfair, London; Eden Campus, PSR Building, St Andrews