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Old fashioned values

 

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Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd (“Vos”) is a vibrant building company committed to achieving quality outcomes and satisfied clients. Over the years, they have built many projects of various types and sizes. And with every one of those projects, they have strived to deliver an exceptional result that exceeds expectations.

“We’re all about old fashioned values,” says Adrian Bott, CEO of the company. “We put the client first. We act with integrity and honesty, we communicate with them regularly, and we do everything we can to provide them with a finished product that meets or exceeds their requirements.”

Vos is a private company owned by Michael and Darren Vos. The Vos family have a long history of operating successful businesses in Australia. Originally, Roelf and Miep Vos emigrated from Holland in the early 1950s and formed a supermarket chain in Tasmania.  After selling that business to Woolworths, the family developed the Tamar Valley Resort at Grindelwald.  Roelf Vos passed away in 1992 after handing the leadership of the family business to his son Michael.

During 1996, the family developed the Prospect Vale Marketplace shopping centre in 2006 before taking over a construction company called Laver Pty Ltd in 1997.  The company changed its name to Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd in 2000.

Since then, Vos has grown strongly. In 2000, Adrian estimates the business was turning over $25 million a year with roughly 60 employees. This year, the company is projecting revenue of $120 million and their workforce comprises more than 200 people.

Relationships, integrity, safety, quality

Today, Vos works primarily in Tasmania, but they have completed several commercial construction projects on the mainland. They also undertake shopfitting projects all across the country, usually for high profile businesses such as Hudsons Coffee, OPSM and Sunglass Hut.

The company has managed and built a variety of projects and developments. Since they were formed, their portfolio of completed works has grown to include retail shopping centres, multi-level offices, museums, law court buildings, sporting facilities and grandstands, wineries, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, restaurants, hotels, schools, colleges and more.  The company’s most famous property development is the iconic Henry Jones Art Hotel on Hobart’s waterfront.

No matter what kind of project they are working on, Vos is set apart by their firm commitment to “old-fashioned, family values,” Adrian says.

“Although we’re a reasonably large company from a Tasmanian perspective, we run it like we’re a small one,” he explains. “We form close and ongoing relationships with our clients.”

“It’s all about understanding their requirements,” he says. “When we’re working with a client, we really get to the bottom of what they want out of their project. Then we use our experience and expertise to come up with innovative solutions that best meet their needs.”

Over the years, that commitment to customer service has earned Vos a lot of repeat work, and has helped them maintain several longstanding relationships with important clients.

Adrian adds that relationship building is a key focus for the company. In addition to clients, they also go out of their way to form really strong and mutually beneficial relationships with their employees and subcontractors.

“We like to treat them the way we want to be treated,” Adrian says.

“We have a really strong culture,” he adds. “It can be summarised with the acronym RISQ – Relationships, Integrity, Safety and Quality. They are basically the fundamentals that guide our business.”

Industry recognised

The objective of Vos is to build exceptional projects that make a positive difference, and that has resulted in a long list of notable achievements. Over the years, many of those projects have attracted the attention of the industry, and have earned the company a wealth of industry awards and recognition.

Since 2000, Vos has won at least one industry accolade every year running – and usually more than one. Today, the company’s awards portfolio includes wins in a wide variety of categories, from bodies such as the Master Builders Association Excellence Awards, the HIA and CSR Housing Awards, the Skills Institute Apprentice Awards, the Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards and more.

2013 represents the company’s most successful year yet from an awards perspective.  It received 11 major awards including the national MBA award for Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety which was the “icing on the cake”.

It was also honoured to receive 2 Australian Shop and Office Fitting Industry Association (“ASOFIA”) awards for Limestone Bar and Grill Canberra Airport (Interior Fitout Food / Restaurant $500,001 to $750,000) and National Australia Bank Docklands (Tasmanian Interior Fitout of the Year).

At the 2013 MBA of Tasmania Excellence Awards, the company continued their streak with another long list of award victories. Their wins include an award for Best Bathroom, an award for New Construction $5 million to $10 million, and an award for Heritage Listed Renovation. They also won a Soil & Water Management Award, a Judges Inspiration Award, a Workplace Health & Safety Award, and – most notably – the award for Commercial Builder of the Year.

“That gives us a massive amount of satisfaction,” Adrian says. “It’s nice to see that that our hard work is being recognised by an industry body.”

Adrian credits the company’s success to the emphasis they place on quality – which is one of their core values, and therefore considered “fundamental” to the business.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on our workmanship,” Adrian explains. “We have a longstanding workforce with very low staff turnover. Our well-trained and experienced people know how to produce quality outcomes.”

He also credits the massive amount of recognition to the profile of some of their jobs this year. Their winning projects included the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Cat & Fiddle Arcade, the Launceston Airport Southern Apron Reconstruction and Ulverstone Wharf restaurant.

In addition to winning recognition for quality, Vos also received acknowledgement of its good safety practices by winning both the National and Tasmanian MBA Workplace Health & Safety Awards.

“We’re absolutely thrilled,” he says. “Over the last couple of years we’ve had a major emphasis on improving all aspects of our business – but in particular, we’ve focused on safety, which is one of our four key values.”

“Going back a couple of years, our safety record was reasonable compared to industry standards, but there was room for improvement,” he adds. “Therefore, we identified it as an area to work on which fits well with our overall culture of valuing our relationships with employees, it’s absolutely critical that we get all our employees home safely. So we focused a lot of time and resources in this area.”

As an example, the company hired external consultants to administer a safety training program called the Safety Circle.  Adrian says that the program created an awareness of the importance of safety, and reiterated to employees that safety had to be at the forefront of everything they do. It also empowers staff to speak up and interrupt unsafe practices by colleagues.

“We’re enforcing a culture of safety across the whole organisation,” he explains. “And it’s greatly satisfying that it’s paying dividends. Our safety statistics – such as our lost time and injury frequency rates – have improved dramatically over the last 18 months.”

Moving forward, Adrian says the company will continue to pursue improvements aligned to their key values. He predicts this will lead to further positive outcomes and strengthen the position of Vos as a “builder of choice both locally and nationally.”

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