Great to see DB Sharp and Sons featured in The Comet Newspaper this week, celebrating our 40th anniversary.
We are hugely proud of our roots in Letchworth Garden City and are proud to be featured in the Heritage section of the paper.
Great picture of our founder Derek Sharp and the queen of the company June Sharp, opening our new head office facilities.
The 40th anniversary celebrations for DB Sharp and Sons continued on Friday. Our founders wife, and the boys mum, June Sharp was invited to officially open the company’s new headquarters Sharp House.
June also oversaw the official launch of our 40th anniversary logo, which will soon be appearing on our vehicles and sign boards.
She told the boys their Dad, Derek would have been very proud to see how far the company has come since starting in the garage in her back garden.
Its our birthday!!!!!
DB Sharp are hugely proud to announce we are celebrating our 40th Birthday today!!!
The company was started on this day in 1978 by Derek Brian Sharp and Martin Sharp. Both Richard and David Sharp joined the company in 1982. Over the last 4 decades the company has gone from strength to strength and now has third generation Sharps working in it, with Dereks grandsons Jack and Ross both playing an active roles.
We would like to thanks all our customers, suppliers and fantastic staff for making the last 40 years possible.
DB Sharp and Sons office staff celebrated National Christmas Jumper day in style with an array of bad taste attire!!!
A good laugh had by all raising funds for a great cause, Save the Children.
Congratulations to Stuart Gray on winning the Golden Hard hat and title of Employee of the month for November.
Stuart works with the Galapast team responsible for flooring and tiling. He is hugely experienced in all forms of
floor covering and consistently produces a very high standard of work.
Managing Director David Sharp said,
“Stuart is a hard working member of the team who is always concerned about complete his work to a very high standard.
He often works late to ensure a job is finished to meet its deadline and is a hugely valuable member of our team”.
Well done Stuart, keep up the great work.
Great to see one of our recent projects appearing on the front cover of Real Homes Magazine. The feature is covered with an 8 page article inside.
This particular project has already featured in House Beautiful UK Magazine and really showcases the quality DB Sharp and Sons work.
Not only were DB Sharp and Sons proud sponsors of last nights Hertfordshire Business Awards, but they were also finalists in 2 of the categories, Customer Service and Business Growth.
Although the team didn’t not scoop a winners trophy on the night they were all pleased to have made the final 5 out of 20 plus companies in each category.
You have to be in it to win it!!!!
Well done to Jared Scott for winning the October employee of the month award.
Jared works in a team headed up by Terry Reading our August winner. Jared joined
DB Sharp 3 years ago and has worked hard as an onsite labourer. He has earned the respect
of his colleagues.
Jared has now started an apprenticeship at college to study his chosen trade of carpentry and
with Terry helping him we are sure he will make a success of it.
Jared’s hard work and dedication has won him £100 vouchers and the bragging rights over the
coveted golden hard hat.
Keep up the great work Jared.
DB Sharp and Sons were pleased to be able to help local Letchworth school, Hillshott with a new pathway.
The pathway replaced a track of mud which meant the children constantly walked dirt back into the class room.
The September Employee of the month Ian “Uffa” Foxton.
Ian has worked for DB Sharp for the last 5 years and is a hugely valuable member of our carpentry team.
His persistent hard work never goes unnoticed. We never hear any complaining from Uffa and he deals with the task in hand quickly and efficiently.
Ian bags himself a £100 voucher and more importantly the right to the coveted golden hard hat for the month.
Well done Uffa. Keep up the great work
Congratulations to Terry Reading on winning the DB Sharp and Sons employee of the month for August.
Terry’s persistent hard work and his “get on with it” attitude to everything he does, coupled with the fact he is a hugely popular member of the team made our decision easier.
He receives a £100 voucher and the coveted Golden Hardhat.
Well done Terry keep up the great work.
Congratulations to Andy King on winning July’s Golden Hardhat award and title of employee of the month.
Andy joined the company 4 months ago and as our flat bed driver made an instant impact. His role is hugely important within the team supporting all our sites with essential deliveries, site clearances, site maintenance and the occasional gardening job!!
David Sharp said “Andy has really embraced this role and made it his own, he never complains about anything, is always happy and just cracks on. He is setting a great example of work ethics to everyone within our company and is a hugely deserving winner of this months Golden Hardhat. Well done Andy keep up the excellent work”.
If you see the DB Sharp Transit flat bed on the road, give Andy a wave and look out for the glare from that hard hat!!!!!!
DB Sharp’s employee of the month for June is ground worker and all round good guy, Lee Sanders.
Lee joined DB Sharp over 20 years ago and in his time with the company he really has become part of the furniture.
David Sharp said, “Lee is a loyal employee who doesn’t cause any problems. Give him a job to do and its done without
any questions and also done to a very high standard. Lee has excelled recently running a ground works division of the company”.
Lee is a two time winner of the Golden hard hat, last winning it in May 2016.
Keep up the great work.
A great project we worked on in Hitchin with a great customer.
Fantastic to see the project featured in House Beautiful magazine this month.
Well done Team Sharp on another great job.
It was a top night for the DB Sharp Team at the Inspiring Herts Awards, held in the amazing St Albans Cathedral.
The team were delighted to pick up the award for “Excellence in Customer Service”, against some very stiff competition.
David Sharp Managing Director said, “This really is a huge achievement for our team. We work tirelessly to provide
an excellent service and we fully appreciate in our industry, happy customers mean great recommendations. It’s a huge
credit to the team, at every level. From our initial meetings with prospective customers to relationships
that are built with our project managers and most importantly the relationship between our customers and our onsite teams.
It’s a testament to all levels of our company and I would like to say a HUGE, HUGE thanks to the whole team and their commitment
to our customers”.
A huge well done to Paul Skeggs…aka Skeggsie. Paul originally joined DB Sharp and Sons as a painter until we discovered his hidden talents for plastering and carpentry. Now a fully accomplished Multi trader Skeggsie has become a valuable member of the DB Sharp team, who can be left on a project with the confidence he will get the task at hand completed and to a high standard.
David Sharp told us.
“Paul is a really likeable chap and a popular member of the team which is surprising as he’s an Arsenal fan. We have really been impressed with Pauls work ethic and that he can be relied on to be left alone and not constantly monitored. Keep up the good work.”
Well done Skeggsie, from all the DB Sharp team.
James Eliaschewsky joined us a year ago while staying in the UK from Australia. The purpose of his visit was to play Rugby for our beloved Letchworth and to see some of Europe while here.
DB Sharp and Sons however have found him pretty handy as part of our Electrical Team.
Electrical manager Gareth told us,
“James was a qualified sparks in Australia so it was only a matter of getting him used to UK electrics. He has proved himself to be an excellent addition to our team and will certainly be missed now he has gone. James was always polite, hardworking and keen to get on with it, popular with our customers we are sure he will make a success of whatever he chooses to do when he returns home”.
Well done on winning the golden hard hat.
A gentleman at work and an animal on the field of rugby we all wish James the best for the future.
Great to see one of our favourite projects in Ideal Home Magazine for a second time.
Especially as it’s in thier supplement of “Favourite Home Transformations”.
A great project for some superb customers.
The DB Sharp team were thrilled to find out they had recently become finalists in the Inspire awards, excellence in customer service category.
David Sharp managing director told us,
“Customer service is hugely important to us and is one of the core values our company has been built on. A huge amount of our work comes from recommendation and this is only possible when customer are happy and satisfied with the work we have carried out.”
We look forward to finding out if we have won on the 8th of June.
Congratulations to Stuart Gray on being awarded the Golden hard hat for March.
Stuart works for our flooring company Galapast, showroom manager Natalie Underwood said,
“Stuart is a real team player, with a huge bank of knowledge across all types of flooring and tiling. He is always keen to do more and will go out of his way to help anyone.
We are really proud that Stuart has won employee of the month representing the Galapast Brand. When Stuart found out he had won, he even got a fresh hair cut before having his photo taken.
Well done Stuart”.
DB Sharp and Sons are proud to announce they have become Patrons of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce.
Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce provides first-class business support to companies of all shapes and sizes, through a range of membership benefits and networking opportunities.
Established in 1924 the Chamber has been supporting businesses, influencing key decision-makers in local and central government and are regularly consulted for feedback from the business community.
The Chamber works on behalf of it’s members to support and encourage the development of an economic environment in which their business and employees can prosper.
The Chambers wealth of knowledge and expertise are widely recognised to help business’s to grow.
We look forward to growing our relationship with the Chamber and local business community.
Its been a busy month at DB Sharp and Sons but we couldn’t let this months winner of the golden hard hat slip by without the recognition he deserves.
Well done to Liam Sperry for keeping his head down, working hard, never complaining and notably always having a smile on his face.
Your efforts do not go unnoticed, keep up the great work.
DB Sharp were thrilled to become double award winners in the Hertfordshire Building and Construction Awards 2017.
The team picked up first place as the “General Builder of the Year” and first place in “The Refurbishment Project of the Year”.
Martin Sharp told us. “Its fantastic that the quality of our work can be recognised by an external source. It really Is testament to all the hard work that is put in by the whole DB Sharp Team. All I can really say is on behalf of the directors thank you to everyone and keep up all the good work”.
For more details on our “Refurbishment Project of the Year” feel free to check it out in the Portfolio section of our website, Jessamine House.
DB Sharp and Sons are hugely proud of the work we carry out and are pleased to announce we are finalists in two categories in the 2017 Herts Building and Construction awards.
The work we carried out at Grade II star listed Jessamine house in Ashwell has been selected for the Refurbishment of the year award while DB Sharp and Sons have also made the final for the general builder of the year award.
Its great to see the company being recognised for the high quality of work and customer satisfaction we work hard to provide our customers.
The whole team is looking forward to finding out if we win on the 10th February.
DB Sharp and Sons have been sponsoring Letchworth Rugby club for over 20 years. We were pleased to provide the 1st team with a brand new kit this weekend.
We are sure it helped them in their thrilling victory over league rivals Ruislip 28-27.
Well done Legends.
It was good news all round for the DB Sharp team who took some of our clients to Twickenham this weekend to see England continue their winning streak and beat down the tough opposition that is, Australia.
Our good friends from Wastell and Porter and Morris and Weatherall all enjoying a great day out with the DB Sharp gang.
The November winner of the Golden Hardhat award is Dannii Marinkovic.
Dannii took on the new role of Office and Accounts manager within the company earlier this year. Dannii has made this role her own and breezed into the changes in front her with ease and efficiency. Her organisation of both the accounts and the team has been excellent and all this with a constant smile on her face.
David Sharp told us, “Dannii is a highly valued member of the DB Sharp team and has made a huge difference to streamlining the running of the office and our accounts since taking on her new role. She has a great energy at work and is very popular with our customers, suppliers and everyone in our team”.
Another worthy winner of the prestigious award, well done Dannii keep up all the great work.
As one of the sponsors, the DB Sharp team had a great evening at the Hertfordshire Business Awards, celebrating the very best of business across Hertfordshire.
Congratulations to all the winners and the finalists a huge acheivement making it that far.
Special congratulations to the winner of our category Business Person of the Year Claire Brindle from Smart10 Recruitment Ltd.
As a team we are thinking about entering next year, who thinks we should???
Well done to Ross Sharp this months winner of the golden hard hat. Ross has been working hard for several weeks on a large project we are undertaking in Welwyn, his enthusiasm and drive has certainly been a contributing factor in pushing the electrical side of the project forward.
Ross has not only worked hard but used his knowledge and initiative to overcome any of the problems he has faced.
He has showed a mature attitude for a 3rd year apprentice and thoroughly deserves the title of Employee of the Month.
Well done Ross keep up the great work.
The ferociously contested annual DB Sharp and Sons conker contest took place this year on the 21st of October.
Held every year at the Hermit of Redcoats over 60 of our team arrived and did battle with one another until this years Champion was crowned.
Anthony Page fought his way through 5 rounds before meeting Sean Davies in the finally and defeating him after a lengthy battle.
Anthony was presented with the “Golden Conker Necklace” containing the conkers of all the previous winners.
David Sharp told us “Its a great way to bring the team together for a bit of bonding, we always have great fun and its a good way for the guys
to meet newcomers to the company and catch up with old faces they may not have seen for awhile. Well done to Anthony on winning even if I am disappointed
he beat me”!!!!!!!
The company is already looking forward to next years fun.
A huge well done to Ollie Catley, DB Sharp and Sons employee of the month for September. Site worker Ollie has shown fantastic drive and initiative in all aspects of his work and has found a real niche for himself working with our ground works team. David Sharp said, “Ollie is a lovely guy who is always happy when at work, he is a hard worker and a great addition to our team. Keep up the good work.”
Ollie receives a £100 voucher, the highly contested award of the Golden hard hat and bragging rights over the team for the next month.
Well done Ollie.
Huge Congratulations, well done and bloody big pat on the back to our very own David Sharp and Garry Tucker, who finsihed their epic cycling challenge yesterday at 6:15pm. The pair rode to paris and back in 5 days in aid of Alzheimers Research and have raised in excess of £2500 with donations still coming in.
The pair were greeted on their return by friends and family and 2 very welcomed cold beers!!!!!
Tomorrow, 17th September 2016 our very own David Sharp and good friend Gary Tucker are cycling from Baldock to Paris and back again. 500 miles in 5 days. Other than the cross channel ferry it’s cycling all the way.
The cycle is to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Research UK, a charity close to both the guys hearts. Any donations would be greatly appreciated and as we all know……little helps.
Your help is really appreciated and thank you in advance for any donations.
The whole team at DB Sharp and Sons are behind the guys and wish them the best of luck, please leave them a message of appreciation on our Facebook page to help spur them on.
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor the guys and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity’s behalf where the donor is eligible for this.
DB Sharp and sons were proud to sponsor Balstock for the 5th year consecutively. It was great to see our logo alongside the infamous Balstock brand. Several of our staff and Directors took full advantage of the musical offerings and at least 1 or 2 beers!
Another great weekend for Hertfordshires biggest free music event.
Roll on next year.
Congratulations to Stephen Culling who is this months winner of the Golden Hardhat and title of Employee of the Month.
Stephen has worked with DB Sharp as a decorator for the last 6 months and has proved himself to be an excellent addition to the team.
Keep up the good work.
We are pleased to announce that Gareth Brown has joined the DB Sharp and Sons team to head up electrical department. Gareth joins us from Ray of light electrical and brings with him over 20 years experience in electrical work. David Sharp told us “Gareth is a breath of fresh air, bringing energy and a drive to move forward the electrical side of DB Sharp and I’m sure he will have no problem blending in with the rest of the team”.
We wish Gareth all the best in his new role. Find out more about him on our meet the team page.
Give Gareth a call for any electrical requirements 01462 672359.
To celebrate the importance of improving properties in Letchworth Garden City, The Heritage Foundation carry out annual awards to recognise owners, designers and contractors who observe the highest standards of design and workmanship when carrying out restoration, alterations or new building work.
It’s fantastic to see that DB Sharps core values of providing high quality workmanship and professionalism are recognised in the fact that two of our projects have been selected for the final this year.
24 Pasture Road – Category winner of – Best Extension or Alterations to a Modern Character Area Home.
A detached house originally built in the 1970s which the current owners have refurbished and re-designed. The front elevation has a strong building line of gables clad in tile hanging and weatherboarding with a sun room over the porch to give “kerb appeal”. The work also included a re-design of the internal spaces as well as new windows.
Pasture Road is an eclectic mix of design genres and the Judges felt that the individuality of this contemporary design worked well within the context of Pasture Road.
9 Broadwater Avenue – Category winner of – Best Extension or Alterations to a Heritage Character Home.
This detached house was built by the Letchworth Development Syndicate circa 1913. The house is distinctive for its tall central gable which sweeps down to ground floor level and dominates the front elevation. Great care has been taken over the refurbishment of this Home of Special Interest.
The house has been extended to the rear to provide further accommodation and the Judges were of the opinion that the design of the central gable feature which mirrors the front elevation and the attention to detail even down to the herringbone and basket weave patterns to the brickwork in the timber frame made this extension worthy of an Award.
Speaking on behalf of DB Sharp, David Sharp told us “Its really a testament to the hard work of our on site teams, project managers and our lust for consistent high quality results. It’s easy to say you can provide quality workmanship but its great to see that this is being recognised by external, independent parties. For us it verifies what we already had confidence in, the service we provide is as good as we promote. A big well done to team Sharp.”
The entire team at DB Sharp are looking forward to seeing who will win. In the meantime why not go and cast your own vote www.letchworth.com/heritageawards
The months are flying by at DB Sharp and the end of June also brings a new winner of the coveted Golden hard hat award.
This month the award goes to a dedicated hard working employee, Wayne Sperry. Wayne is always on hand to do the jobs no one else
will. Whether it is being in a small loft space insulating in the middle of summer or digging out holes for underpinning in the midddle
of winter, Wayne just gets on with it. Which is why he is the deserved winner of the June Employee of the month award. Well done Wayne.
This week at DB Sharp and Sons we have had the pleasure of Ira Johal with us on his work experience placement from Hitchin Boys School. He has been a great addition to the team and has taken on every task presented to him with an energetic approach and a willingness to learn.
We are confident whatever industry Ira decides to work in he will have a bright future (especially if he keeps bringing cakes in for his colleagues)!!!!!!!
A slightly overdue well done to our super apprentice Jerry Huckle who took part in the recent national competition Skill Build 2016. Selected from 20 of his fellow students to compete Jerry went on to take on apprentice brick layers from around the South of england and finished with a highly respectable 2nd place.
Everyone at DB Sharp would like to congratulate Jerry on this acheivement.
Team Sharp were out in force on Sunday as main sponsors of the Letchworth Grand Prix Cycling Festival. The team from Sharps met local people, dished out sweets to the kids and cheered on the competing cyclists. Well done to everyone that took part and a BIG thank you to the guys from DB Sharp who gave up their own time to help out.
DB Sharp and Sons are pleased to announce the launch of our new logo, this will be replacing the logo we have had for the last 37 years and will soon be seen across our vehicle fleet, hoarding boards, advertising and stationery.
It coincides with an exciting new era at DB Sharp and Sons where our head office will be moving to bigger premises. Director Martin Sharp told us; “its a long way from where we started in a garage at my mother and fathers house. Its a real achievment that our team has grown large enough to warrant a whole new building to house us all, and along with the building the new logo gives us a fresh, new modern image.” Exciting times ahead.
Huge well done to the May Employee of the month Robin “Pottsy” French. Pottsy is a top class multitrader who takes time and consideration of his work to produce the high quality standards DB Sharp require. Not only was Pottsy the first ever winner of the Employee of the month scheme he is the first person to win the award 3 times, a testiment to how hard he works. Well done Pottsy keep up the excellent standards you are setting.
We are a little late with this months award for Employee of the month as it has taken us some time to get the winner off his dumper truck!!!! Lee Sanders is a groundworker who can always be found in either a hole in the ground, a digger, or on a dumper, he has a shovel attached to his hand at all times!! Lee has worked for DB Sharp and Sons for over 20 years, joining the company back in November 1996. Where ground works is concerned Lee has a keen eye for finding the safest and most efficient way to complete work often identifying issues and solutions that others miss. Well done on winning the golden hard hat Lee keep up the brilliant work.
DB Sharp and Sons are pleased to announce they are now members of the Herts Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to engaging with other members and utilising our member benefits.
Great to see our friends at Taymount making the front page of the Comets Business edition. Db Sharp have helped Taymount to lovingly restore the building at 605 Works Road, and transform it into a state of the art clinic specialising in faecal microbiota trans plants, which are fast becoming the preffered treatment for many gut realted diseases. The team at DB Sharp have enjoyed working on this project and look forward to seeing the completed results.
Employee of the month for February goes to the very deserving Gregg Hobbs. Greg is an apprentice member of the Galapast team the specialist flooring and tiling arm of DB Sharp and Sons. Sean Davies who runs Galapast happily presented Greg with his £100 voucher and the real prize for any employee the covereted Golden hard hat. Sean told us “Greg is doing superbly well at learning his trade. He is a quick learner and concerend with the quality of his work. You will never find Greg standing around he is always looking for things to do to keep himself busy at all times”. Its been great to see some of the young guys this year showing the older generation that they are keen and able to win this award. Well done Greg keep up the good work.
The team at DB Sharp and sons are pleased to welcome a new member to their team. Inderjeet Johal will be taking full responsibility for the companies legal obligations and responsibilities. Inder is vastly experienced in all aspects of law in the commercial world and we are certain he will become a valuable asset to the team. Best of luck in your new role Inder.
Jerry Huckle DB Sharps apprentice bricklayer who this month won the highly contested “Employee of the month” contest is again making waves. Jerry has been selcted from 20 of his fellow students and nominated by his college tutor, Matt Jones to take part in a National brick laying contest. Skill Build 2016 is the Uk’s biggest construction contest, winners of this competition can go onto to take part in contests accross the world and can gain sponsorship from some of the UK building industries biggest suppliers. Jerry will be sent the drawings of what he will be required to build 6 weeks before the contest allowing him time to practice the structure. The contest will take place on the 14th of June, and all the team at DB Sharp and Sons will be rooting for him. Best of luck Jerry, win lose or draw its great that your talents have been recognised enough to be nominated, we see a “Solid” future ahead.
Jerry Huckle is the winner of the February employee of the month and proud recipient of the Golden Hard Hat. Jerry has been with DB Sharp and Sons for the past 5 months and is an apprentice brick layer following in the steps of his father. Jerry works with an experienced team of bricklayers, who told us he is “a valuable asset to the team, a hard working young man who is keen to learn”. Jerry also recently passed his driving test another acheivment we are all pleased about. Congratulations Jerry, keep up the gret work.
A few pictures of the DB Sharp Allstars football team in action. A team that is made up of Builders, Plumbers, Electricians and Decorators, even the photos were taken by one of our Carpentry experts, well done Ray. We like to keep things in house!!!
DB Sharp and Sons are proud to announce they are sponsoring the Hertfordshire Business Award 2016. This will be the second year in a row DB Sharp and Sons have sponsored the event. Managing Director David Sharp said “Its a great event to be involved with, bringing local business people together with one common interest, Hertfordshire. Being a business owner myself sponsoring the “business person of the year award” also has a lot of personal attachment, we will be looking forward to meeting the nominees”. 10 months of the working year lay ahead before the awards but DB Sharp and Sons are already looking forward to the event.
This year DB Sharp and Sons have dipped there toes into a the world of 6 aside football leagues. The DB Sharp Allstars team is made open to anyone from the company who wishes to play. Director and loyal spectator Martin Sharp told us “We have a variety of guys playing from all types of trades that work for us, its a fantastic team building exercise.” Its been a rocky start for the boys after suffering some initial heavy losses. Team captain Ross Sharp said “We dont have the advantage of experience or training together like some of the other teams we come up against, but over the last couple of months we have began to gel as a team”. This was evident in this weeks result. The boys held on for a 4 all draw in a thrilling match against a team much higher placed in the league than the Allstars. Well done boys and we’ll be keeping a close eye on you for the rest of the season.
All the Directors and staff at DB Sharp and sons would like to congratulate Steven Kent, this months employee of the month and the first winner of the golden hard hat. Director David sharp said “Steve has worked with DB Sharp under the Howes and Boughton division for 8 months and has proved to be a big asset to the company. Stevens decorating skills are second to none and his consistency in producing a high quality finish to his work is just one part of what led him to be this months winner.”
£100 reward is given to the employee of the month so its a highly contested slot.
Well done Steven and keep up the great work.
DB Sharp and Sons were proud to be sponsors of the Hertfordshire Business Awards, sponsoring the category “Business person of the year”. The award was won by Eve Millman from Tate Recruitment and presented by our very own Julie Sharp. A great night was had by all and we are already looking forward to next year. Work hard in 2016 you never know there might be an award in it for you!!
We were thrilled in the DB Sharp offices to see that a local project we worked on was featured in Decembers edition of the Ideal Home magazine. A 4 page spread on the project featured the buildings miraculous transformation, featured some of its highlights and how pleased the oweners were with their new home. You can read more about the project in our Projects section. Another happy customer, which is what we all like to hear.
DB Sharp and sons are pleased to annouce the launch of our new look website, including regular news updates and a portfolio of some of our latest works. Dont forget to have a red through just a few of our customers testimonials on the home page, we like a happy customer! Please take a few minutes to have a look at all the services we can provide you with. We are more than just a builder.
DB Sharp and sons and pleased to welcome a new member to the team, Chris Watts who started with us on 01/12/15. Chris’s role as business development manager will help us to grow the business and take us in some new directions, not only helping us to meet new avenues of work Chris will also be heading up the marketing for the business. We wish him the best of luck in his new role.