Foundation stones in place for landscapers
THE SUCCESS rate of small firms over a 40-year period is inevitably low. All one needs to look at is the failure rates over five years -- 50pc -- to understand how hard it is for a small firm to survive.
Brady Shipman Martin has been one of those survivors and after a tough period in the downturn, is looking to grow again. Founded in 1968 by an architect, a landscape architect and a town planner -- Hugh Brady, Philip Shipman and Arthur Martin, the Dublin-based company is now one of the preeminent planning and landscape specialists in the country.
The company has worked on a variety of projects, including the Hewlett Packard campus in Leixlip. Since the boom headcount has been reduced but last year BSM opened their first UK office.
Managing Partner John Kelly (pictured inset) says planning is a key factor for their business to be successful.
"Investors need certainty in the planning process, and now more than ever, they also need a high level of flexibility that will allow them to adapt and embrace new technologies as they grow.
"At present, we are seeing significant growth opportunities in Ireland in pharmaceuticals, energy and food production, and in tourism -- growth in other sectors will follow."