What does your role involve?
I manage our team of four planners, and oversee our planning applications for developments across the North of England and Scotland. This e...
Andrew has worked at Story Homes for more than 10 years. He originally applied for the post of Design Technician after seeing an advert in the Cumberland News; a role he did f...
Adam is a fully qualified Development Planner at Story Homes and he joined in autumn 2013. He previously worked at Eden District Council Planning Department for 10 years. He w...
Mark has worked at Story Homes for almost 15 years, starting as a bricklayer. Since then he has worked his way up to be voted one of the regions top site managers in 2012. Af...
After having qualified as a Chartered Planner she took the position of Assistant Planner with the Company, and ten years later she continues to be very happy working for Story...
Hayley has worked for Story Homes for nine years having initially come here after her father, who also works for the company, made her aware of a potential career opportunity...
What does your role involve?
My job really is an end-to-end affair. I’m involved at the initial viability stage of a development, looking at land value, estimating co...
Thanks to our reputation for excellence, including exceptional levels of after sales customer care, our business has grown and continues to thrive. As the market improves and we grow into new geographical areas, we are growing our team to help us deliver our quality developments.
We have enjoyed success since 1987 and the growth of the business is continuing. The current phase of growth has seen us almost double the number of homes we are building and selling year on year. This growth wouldn’t be possible without the success of each and every one of our teams, from the land team securing great locations, to the planning team achieving positive planning applications and our design team creating stunning street scenes where people want to live.
- In 2012, with over 100 staff, the business delivered 150 completions on seven sites.
- In 2013, with 130 staff, the business delivered 251 completions on nine sites.
- In 2014, with up to 150 staff in two offices, we are targeting 400 sales across 15 sites.
- In 2015, we expect to have more than 21 live sites and sell more than 500 homes with the support of 160 staff.
Statement from the Chairman - Fred Story
"Story Homes is an entrepreneurial, family owned business that has been successfully building aspirational and quality homes since 1987. We have an absolute focus on our customers and understand the needs of aspirational home owners. We recognise the real business benefits of producing developments that people are proud to live in and that our company is proud to produce. We win awards but to us quality and value make great business sense. Story Homes is focused on strong and sustainable future growth and expansion. There is an enormous potential market for our product and we intend to meet that demand with strong geographical growth over the coming years. As a business we are committed to continually reinvesting and using our strong financial position to own or control our signifi cant land assets. We already have a substantial ‘land bank’ and in 2012 secured a £25 million bank facility to help grow the business at an average rate of 50% each year for the next four years, a substantial and exciting challenge! In securing our future position we want to ensure our positive forward thinking culture and company values are maintained. We are totally focused and committed to the development of our people and take only the best from the corporate approach. The house building industry has many obstacles and challenges but at Story Homes we overcome these and still retain a focus on the end product and the customer. We invite you to join us in meeting our challenge."
Statement from the Chief Executive - Steve Errington
We have built up a well earned reputation for building quality homes on aspirational developments in desirable locations. Having successfully secured a rich pipeline of new development sites in Cumbria, South West Scotland, North East England and Lancashire, we are rolling out an ambitious growth plan. We have made significant investments in our new Aspire people programme and in new IT systems such as Anaplan (Management Information System) and R4G (Land Development and Data Management System) and we have secured a new head office in Carlisle. Key to the success of our business plan will be the people. Our employees are at the forefront of everything we do and we need high calibre, passionate and dynamic colleagues to join our team. This is an opportunity for personal and career development in a successful and growing company where we value our culture and reward and recognise achievement.
Meet our people
John Jackson - Planning Manager
What does your role involve?
I manage our team of four planners, and oversee our planning applications for developments across the North of England and Scotland. This entails liaising with a wide variety of people, be it Story Homes colleagues or consultant teams regarding issues ranging from drainage or highway issues to heritage protection and education provision. The main aim is to ensure that where we build developments we balance our commercial requirements with the benefits to the wider community – as well as the customers who will buy a Story Home. My time is split between visiting sites, desk-based work and meetings both within the business and with council officials
What led you to a career in planning?
I enjoyed geography at school and when considering university, family members advised me to study something vocational to stand a good chance of employment post-graduation. I chose to study Town Planning at Newcastle
University, followed by a post-graduate diploma which included a year’s work experience with Eden District Council. I’ve been a Chartered Town Planner for 10 years working for a council for the first five years of my career before moving into the commercial sector.
What do you enjoy about your job?
When starting a planning application you’re never 100% sure what the outcome will be, and for some sites the determination process can be ongoing for several years, so there’s a great level of job satisfaction when a plan is accepted that you’ve been working on for a long period of time. I also really enjoy the negotiation involved in my job, and it’s great to see a development that I’ve been working on from the initial planning stage become a reality turning into actual homes which then become part of the community.
Why is Story Homes a cut above the rest?
The quality in design of a Story Home is what sets us apart from other house builders and makes us a really aspirational brand. From the internal design features and materials used in the build to the quality of space and landscaping surrounding the properties, Story Homes is synonymous with quality in the house building industry. Our developments are there for the long term and customers and locals appreciate the value in this.
Andrew Hewson - Design Manager
Andrew has worked at Story Homes for more than 10 years. He originally applied for the post of Design Technician after seeing an advert in the Cumberland News; a role he did for three years. Since then he has progressed through the company, undertaking the roles of Design Coordinator (2 years) to become Design Manager, a job he’s been doing now for just over a year. Andrew likes the work ethic and drive of the company, and staff relationships in working together to achieve the company’s goals. He says the best thing about his job is having the ability to affect and influence the Story Homes product.
Adam McNally - Development Planner
Adam is a fully qualified Development Planner at Story Homes and he joined in autumn 2013. He previously worked at Eden District Council Planning Department for 10 years. He was attracted to Story Homes as he has an enthusiasm to help provide much needed quality and sustainable housing and to broaden his skills base in a reputable local housing company with greater focus on place shaping. Essentially he secures planning permission for new development proposals which can take many months if not years of planning to secure. He works with key stakeholders including Local Authorities and Parish Councils and coordinates a development team of in-house and external professional consultants.
Mark Irving - Site Manager
Mark has worked at Story Homes for almost 15 years, starting as a bricklayer. Since then he has worked his way up to be voted one of the regions top site managers in 2012. After this promotion to Site manager, he attended Carlisle College and studied part time for five years to get a Diploma in Site Management. During his career he has won several awards including a prestigious Quality Award in NHBC’s national Pride in the Job competition for his management of our flagship Story development in Dumfries. Mark displays excellence in technical knowledge, consistency in the build process, leadership and organisational skills. He was selected from over 18,000 site managers across the UK to win one of only 400 Quality Awards, and he is currently managing Story Homes biggest ever development, Crindledyke Farm in Carlisle.
Janet Carruthers - Land Buyer
After having qualified as a Chartered Planner she took the position of Assistant Planner with the Company, and ten years later she continues to be very happy working for Story. Within a few years Janet was promoted to Planner, then Senior Planner and most recently has started a new role as Land Buyer for the Cumbria area. Janet commented ‘From the outset Story Homes was challenging and interesting, and from day one I have felt part of a fantastic team. The company takes an active interest it the development of its staff, and trains them to develop their strengths. Story Homes is a dynamic, growing company and the Story Homes team are great fun and a pleasure to work with’.
Hayley Blair - Sales Manager
Hayley has worked for Story Homes for nine years having initially come here after her father, who also works for the company, made her aware of a potential career opportunity. Initially she worked part-time whilst studying for a degree in Business Management at university. Upon leaving university, she worked in some admin roles for Story Homes at head office before being promoted to Sales Adviser. During her eight years as a sales adviser, Hayley sold at Parklands Village, Hadrian’s Rise, Turnstone Park, Summerpark, The Woodlands, Birkbeck Gardens, Clifton Hill Gardens and Magellan Park. She was promoted to Part Exchange Manager and then more recently in June 2014 to Sales Manager. Hayley is now based full-time at head office with a responsibility for sales across all of our developments, although predominately across in the North East and Lancashire. Throughout her time here, her colleague Sales Manager, Susan, and Head of Sales, Louise, have both been great mentors for her and she has learnt a lot from them both. Hayley enjoys the opportunities available to her, the benefits for staff and the product that we sell to our customers. She has a strong belief in the brand and the quality of our homes, and enjoys helping customers purchase their dream home.
Martyn Lawson - Quantity Surveyor
What does your role involve?
My job really is an end-to-end affair. I’m involved at the initial viability stage of a development, looking at land value, estimating costs and putting a bid in, through to agreeing final accounts with our subcontractors when a project is complete. I’m involved in tendering for subcontract packages, anyone from ground workers to fencers, arranging payments, occasional dispute resolution, and overseeing budgets. I conduct an on-site valuation, and once a quarter conduct a CVR (cost value reconciliation), both of which ensure that a development is being completed both within budget and on time.
What led you to a career in surveying?
I’ve always liked working with numbers. After university I was undecided what I wanted to do upon graduation. My stepdad’s a contract manager for a housing association, he explained what surveyors do and after further research I decided it was the job for me. Story Homes offered me a traineeship soon after and I studied at Northumbria University one day a week over five years to get my degree in Quantity Surveying.
What do you enjoy about your job?
No two days are the same as a quantity surveyor and I really enjoy the variation that my job entails. From site visits and assessments to negotiating with sub-contractors and bringing new contractors on board, I enjoy the relationship building and negotiation aspects of my role. It’s hugely satisfying to complete a job on time and within budget.
Why is Story Homes a cut above the rest?
For the end consumer, the product we build is better than anything else out there, and from a contractor’s point of view we’re the best company to work for as we pay on time, bottom out any issues promptly and offer good payment terms. Everyone who works for Story Homes really cares about the company and wants it to do well. We work hard as a team which results in a great end product – the Story Homes themselves.
Why work for us?
Hear from our HR Director, Sharon Benson
At Story Homes we believe that the only way we will fulfil our potential as a business will be to ensure that we fulfil the potential of all of our people.
We want to be a great place to work, offering career development opportunities for all colleagues and believe that our Aspire People Programme will support this goal.Aspirewas developed with involvement of all colleagues and outlines the ‘employee deal’ in fair exchange for hard work, productivity and great performance.
We believe the ‘deal’ for working here is critical to attracting, retaining, engaging and motivating talent to drive our ambitious growth plans. Aspire defines what GREAT looks like across all aspects of employment here at Story Homes; from recruitment, induction and career development right the way through to rewarding and recognising great performance.
We want capable, engaged and motivated colleagues who will get behind the brand and work together to deliver our ambitious business plan. If this sounds like a business you want to be part of, then we want to hear from YOU.
Benefits of working for us
As well as being a great place to work, we offer a package of incentives to support you in your new role. These include:
- Competitive salaries
- Bonus scheme
- Company car (where applicable)
- Death in service (only salaried)
- Holiday sacrifice scheme
- Quarterly incentive scheme (salaried)
- Annual reward and recognition through the STAR Awards
Values, behaviours and culture
Culture is one of the main aspects of working life at Story Homes. As a team, we pull together to make each and every project a success. Teamwork, communication and fun are key elements of our working day and we all regularly share in our joint successes. A Story Homes person will aspire to live our core behaviours:
- Customer excellence
- Passionate about performance
- Constructive and progressive
- Belief in the Story brand
- Respectful team player
- Professional and straight forward
- Safety aware
Join our talent pool
We are always looking for the right people to be part of the Story Homes team and look to recruit driven and talented individuals across all parts of the business, from our numerous sites to our Head Office. If you would like to register your interest in becoming part of the Story Homes team, please send us your CV using the contact details below. We will be in touch when any suitable vacancies are added to discuss further.
Human Resources Department,
Burgh Road Industrial Estate,