It was a year that exceeded everyone’s expectations and, as the months went by, the SD team continued to grow quickly. Read SD’s review of 2021 and its goals for 2022.
In 1973, SD Sealants and Cosmetic Repairs was launched and originated as a family run business in Somerset that specialised in the supply and application of sealant. Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength, becoming the UK’s largest sealant and finishing company, with offices across England, Scotland and Wales.
The year in review
Although Covid-19 continued to affect society, 2021 started to feel a little more normal with SD Sealants continuing to press ahead working hard on its business development and growth. As a result, SD Sealants increased its turnover by 47% in 2021, compared with 2020.
This marks the fourth consecutive year of growth as SD continues to provide sealant application, decorating services and cosmetic repairs for homeowners, house builders and commercial businesses.
A large change to the business in the last few years has been the addition of a claims service for insurance providers, as well as a marine arm. Managing Director, Nick Jones has commented on the growth of the business and where he sees the company growing in 2022:
“2020 and 2021 were very challenging years for the construction industry, which inevitably had a knock-on effect for businesses like ours that depend on gaining and delivering significant contracts – but I am so pleased that with some forethought, good business planning and diversification, SD has bucked the trend and reported even more growth in 2021.
“These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole SD team, from those working on sites around the UK, as well as our great office and support staff at the head office in Caldicot, South Wales. We are the best in the business and that’s down to the team I’m lucky enough to have around me.”
Here are some of the most memorable moments from SD Sealants in 2021. The whole team is extremely excited to see what 2022 will bring.
- New hires were made:
This year alone, the team at SD had a 33% increase in its headcount, with the business continuing to look for talent in 2022. SD Sealants understands that its staff are integral to its success and takes great care to ensure that they are looked after. It offers training to those who’d like to develop skills on-site and provides opportunities to learn first-hand from its professional technicians.
- SD worked on some impressive projects:
SD carries out up to 22,000 projects a year, with the professional team working hard to please clients with their restorative approach which is not only cheaper than replacement but also more sustainable and environmentally friendly, as far less waste goes to landfill.
The SD Marine team, for example, have had lots of success with key members dedicating the first six months of 2021 to renovating two of Windstar Cruises’ luxury ships – its namesake yacht, the Wind Star, and the world’s largest sailing ship, Wind Surf. The SD team were also delighted to have been invited to survey the Wind Spirit in Tahiti, prior to the ship going into dry dock in Singapore in January 2022.
- Attended some incredible events:
SD’s marine arm also attended one of the world’s biggest exhibitions in Miami Beach last year, with its management and sales team at the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo. Whilst there, they were able to showcase the renovation of the two luxury cruise ships carried out on behalf of Windstar Cruises.
This year, the SD team will be attending the Seatrade Cruise Global event in Miami from 25th – 28th April 2022. This large event hosts suppliers and buyers from around the world and features a multi-track conference programme headlined by the industry’s most knowledgeable speakers.
- Finishing the year with a strong GT performance:
SD sponsor Team Parker Racing which had a strong end to their maiden season, with its Porsche making top-six finishes in all three final races this year. Altogether, they finished the season 10th in the championship category.
- Proud to be sponsoring Welsh Cycling:
Being an avid follower of cycling in Wales, SD Sealants got involved with Welsh Cycling back in 2015 and from there the partnership has continued to develop in strength. Having supported individual athletes in the past, SD is aware of the sacrifices, hard work and determination that this sport demands of its athletes.