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MF Freeman Group celebrates 50 years in business with awards galore!

PUBLISHED: 11:30 17 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 17 February 2016

Gloucestershire Business of the Year Awards

Gloucestershire Business of the Year Awards

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Launched in 1966 by husband and wife team from their living room in Ruardean, MF Freeman Group now proudly employs over 100 employees, across 8 divisions and is getting ready to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

As the company start its 50th year MF Freeman reflect on the past 50 years and how the company has grown into the successful award winning business it is today. Since MF Freeman started nearly 50 years ago it was based in a small office with two employees who over the years have welcomed more and more colleagues into their family and these offices have expanded to fit the new needs of the business. And a family is what this company is and where its values stem from. The company values represent what is important to the company and the businesses history, one of these is valuing the individual and treating them with respect and recognising their achievements.

The MF Freeman Group couldn’t have wished for better results to conclude their 50th year in business. Having held the title of the Gloucestershire Business of the Year, they were proudly crowned “High Growth Business of the Year” in the Chamber Awards for the South West, which is testament to the hard work and continued growth of the business over the last few years. In addition, the Homes division won the bronze WhatHouse? “Best Development Award” for the magnificent contemporary scheme of homes at The Avenue in Ross on Wye and the Retirement Living division picked up “Most Outstanding Entity Seniors Housing” in the Global Over 50’s Housing Awards.

Luke Freeman, Managing Director said “We are extremely proud and excited to achieve this recognition. These awards mean a tremendous amount to us and are perfectly timed to kick start our celebrations for our 50th anniversary”. Over the last 50 years the business has continued to grow and diversify into the dynamic family-run company we are today. It has taken a huge amount of effort and dedication from all of our people and winning these awards gives them the recognition they deserve and a boost to continue to work hard to grow the business in line with our vision.

Over the last 50 years MF Freeman and its divisions have built up an enviable reputation of quality and excellence with its current customers. One purchaser commented “I had looked at a lot of houses before I found my Freeman Home. I loved the way it was laid out – it was obvious that a lot of care and attention had been given to both the design and build, the fittings and appliances are all high quality and quite superb, I would happily recommend Freeman Homes to others.”

The Fairways retirement development in Chippenham was developed by Freeman Retirement Living with the care provider being Methodist Homes for the Aged. The development comprises a 65 bed care home and 75 independent living apartments. The company bought the old Cadburys factory in Keynsham, with a vision to create a retirement living development within the three iconic factory buildings. They

successfully obtained planning permission to create a spectacular facility for over 55’s while creating more than 1,000 jobs. They chose Bristol based charity St Monica Trust who shared their vision, to deliver the scheme on which work began last year.

Not only is the MF Freeman Group turning 50 this year, but the company’s pub The Mill Race in Walford is celebrating its 10 year Anniversary. To kick start the celebrations The Mill Race has received a re-brand make over and refurbishment including a completely new kitchen with exciting features including a state of the art charcoal oven. The Mill Race will host events throughout the year and help the company achieve its CSR charitable goal.

MF Freeman are continually looking to the future and developing their staff, having recently employed two new apprentices to train and grow in the business. Luke Freeman says ‘As we reach a great milestone in our company it is time to take a look at the next 50 years and invest in the future. We have grown tremendously in recent years and are proud to have achieved 6 years of year on year unbroken double digit growth in turnover and profit. We are currently on track for a £30million turnover with planned growth to hit £50million by 2018. This was achieved by the hard work of our people and the commitment they have to our company. We are keen to invest in our young people and to give them the opportunity to develop and hone their skills and hope they will choose to progress into a long-term career with MF Freeman, we are training the future managers of our business.” We have the right team in place and a strong development pipeline and we are all excited about our next 50 years and the things we will

achieve.”

So for 2016, MF Freeman kicks off a year of celebrations to mark its 50th birthday. These celebrations will include recognising staff and that the success of the business is only achievable with the hard work that everyone puts in. All customers from the past 50 years will be invited to a multitude of events as a thank you for their loyalty and continued support. Always up for a challenge the group have set themselves a target to raise £50,000 for their chosen charities. This may include seeing the Joint Chief Executive Luke Freeman on a treadmill whilst the company attempt a 50 hour running marathon!

01594 542 485 www.mffreeman.co.uk

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