The Southerns Group, an Accounts, HR, IT, Training and Payroll client of summ.it has seen exceptional growth with the Group set to achieve its target of £45m Turnover in the current financial year. The Group’s success that has seen it fast track from £10m – £45m over the last 2 years has been achieved by a mix of both acquisitions and organic growth and is recognised as one of the fastest growing SME’s in the North.
Andy Kendall Jones recently discussed his role of CEO of The Southerns Group with Business Matters Magazine and gave some advice to those starting out.
What do you currently do?
I am CEO of the Southerns Group, which comprises six businesses. The Group is the UK’s leading FF&E and workspace interiors specialist and includes Southerns Office Interiors Limited located in Leeds and Bolton, Broadstock Office Furniture Limited in Macclesfield, and Ralph Capper Interiors Limited and Space Invader, both located in Manchester.
What is the inspiration behind the business?
Best in class: being the best at what we do is our inspiration. We’re driven by the desire to ensure we present our customers with unique propositions that will exceed their expectations. Part of that requires our communicating our vision and values to our staff, making sure they understand both fully, which in turn enables that vision and our values to be passed down to our clients.
Who do you admire?
From a personal perspective, I admire my close friend and mentor Steve Parkin. In terms of global personalities, I have a great deal of respect for Bill Gates and Richard Branson who are both thought provoking and go-getting in their approach to business and life in general.
Looking back is there anything you would have done differently?
Nothing at all. If anything, I think that any wrong turns I may have taken have helped me to grow personally and fine tune my business skills. I often refer to “lifes rich tapestry” everything that happens in life is part of it.
What defines your way of doing business?
Integrity, honesty and loyalty in our dealings with our customers, partners and employees: they are what sets us apart.
What advice would you give to someone starting out?
Be professional at all times, and enjoy what you do.
ANDREW JACKSON, Partner at summ.it, had this to say about the Southerns Group and the relationship with them.
“summ.it are proud to have worked closely with Southerns over the last 15 years and be part of the successful journey.
Southerns is a well-respected brand and Andy is a true entrepreneur that recognises that building a strong team around him is crucial for business success. The Group is very ambitious and has robust plans to see the growth curve continue. It is exciting times for Southerns and I am looking forward to continuing to be a part of this”
ANDREW KENDALL- JONES commented…
” Working closely with Andrew and the wider summ.it team has been an integral function in the success of the Group over the last 15 years. I like the flexibility that summ.it offer to our business which allows them to support large projects by tapping into additional resource that would ordinarily put a strain on an “in-house” function. I’m a firm believer in the need to trust and believe in your team and when I say team I consider summ.it a vital part of it”
For more information on the Southerns Group please visit their company websites below: