Working with Story
We are looking for high quality and dynamic businesses, contractors, suppliers and consultants who are interested in working with Story Homes on our developments.
Our housing projects span across the North of England and Southern Scotland providing many job opportunities in Cumbria, Lancashire, the North East and Dumfries and Galloway. If you are interested in working with us you can view our current vacancies, or get in touch with us:
Why work with us?
Story Homes build high quality homes which feature exceptional specification and expert finishes. We build our homes in carefully considered locations, and thanks to our reputation for excellence, including exceptional levels of after sales customer service, our business has grown and continues to grow. Story Homes has aspirational growth plans which are already proving successful.
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In 2017-18, Story Homes hopes to sell almost 1,000 homes across three regions. In 2017, the business was named in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 with growth of more than 67% between 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Who are we looking for?
We will talk to and consider any business, contractor, supplier or consultant who is keen to work alongside Story Homes. Experience in the house building industry is a bonus, however, not a necessity. The most important factors are the ability to deliver quality
workmanship, reliability and a flexible approach.
Visit our development pages to find out more about each live and coming soon project. There are also many more projects going through design and planning stages, ensuring we have a continuous pipeline of work for the future.View our Developments
At Story Homes we like to develop long-term relationships with our contractors. Both parties can work confidently together, with increased efficiency and communications, enabling us to provide high quality, high specification homes which in turn delights all our customers.
Red Rose Drylining
Established over 27 years ago and employing around 300 people, Red Rose Dry Lining are committed to ensuring that Story Homes receives the very best standard of workmanship. Red Rose Dry Lining has been working with Story Homes for two years, starting in Lancaster in 2013. On site Red Rose work on elements of the homes including plastering of the ceilings, walls and covings and general patchwork after the initial build. They also take care of any customer service issues that follow as and when necessary. Red Rose work closely with Story Homes to complete projects with the best possible combination of materials and timescales.
“Story homes’ reputation in the industry is a good standard. The size of the houses are a good standard. You work for a lot of different firms… now they’re a lot smaller. So obviously these are big houses so they’re high up in the ranking to work for in the industry”
More information: www.redrosedryliningltd.co.uk
When Story Homes started working in Lancashire, Fielding Joinery took up the opportunity to forge a new business partnership.
With more than 37 years of trading under their belt, Bolton based Fielding Joinery had the experience and quality workmanship Story Homes required to deliver their first Lancashire development, High Wood. Specialising in new build homes, they also had the manpower to help deliver the project, with 75 experienced employees working for the company. Fielding Joinery is now also working on The Beeches development in Kendal for Story Homes.
“High Wood was the first project we have worked with Story Homes on and it was a great opportunity for us to secure regular work in the region. Story Homes is a reputable company and good with payments. We have been working with Story Homes for nearly two years now, specifically on the High Wood development and now at The Beeches, and we are looking forward to them securing additional developments in the North West so that we can continue to work together.”
For more information contact Fielding Joinery on 01204 667522.
John N Dunn Plumbing
John N Dunn is a well-established company with a strong specialism in electrics and low carbon building solutions. With over a century of experience, John N Dunn Plumbing has managed to build a strong, long term relationship with Story Homes. They have worked on our development in Shotley Bridge since day one, exploiting their dedication to their work and Story Homes as a business.
“The technical drawing packages we get from Story Homes, the specifications – they’re all high quality. We don’t have to keep asking questions to keep coming back to those. We know what we are doing from the get-go.”
More information: www.jndunn.co.uk
Run by James Fraser with a workforce of over 20, John Fraser Roofing Limited is a thriving business with a reputation for quality workmanship and for completing contracts within budget and on time. Fraser Roofing has worked on many of Story Homes’ developments, slating and tiling our high quality homes. With many years of experience and a working relationship with Story Homes for over 10 years, they have gained a great reputation for using high quality products and not cutting corners.
“Story Homes’ reputation is very good in this industry, very reliable and helpful. I believe Story Homes when they say something’s going to be ready and they always give us plenty of notice if it’s not going to be.”
More information: www.fraserroofing.co.uk
Tilestyle is a wall tiling specialist company based in Wigan, owned by Michael Tinsley, and has been in business for over 30 years. As a small but ever growing business, Tilestyle believes that Story Homes will help them grow and increase their workforce.
“The reputation of Story Homes is very good – very high quality with good products and a high quality of finish. It is important to us because we need to be seen to be working with people of good reputation.”
More information: www.tilestyle.ie
Brampton Electricals has been working with Story Homes for eight years and is currently signed up to a framework agreement.
Partner Ian Wilson has five employees working for the company which has been trading for more than 32 years. Ian and his business partner signed up to the framework agreement to help solidify their working relationship with Story Homes.
Ian said: “We have been working with Story Homes for more than eight years, and much more regularly over the past four years. We have worked on various developments, from the larger Crindledyke Farm site in Carlisle and Summerpark in Dumfries to the smaller Alders Edge development in Scotby and Clifton Hill Gardens near Penrith.”
Brampton Electricals works as a sub-contracted electrical contractor for Story Homes.
“Story Homes has a good reputation for quality homes and we can deliver the quality workmanship they are looking for. They are a great firm to work for and our work with them has helped us to support our staff and provide regular work for them. It made excellent business sense for us and Story Homes to sign up to the framework agreement as it will inevitably improve our relationship and help us both to feel secure.”
To find out more contact Brampton Electricals on 07908 173680.
Colin Marshall Painting Contractors
Colin Marshall Painting Contractors have become one of the major painting and decorating contractors in the North East. They have been working on site for Story Homes for two years, completing all of the internal painting of the walls, ceilings, doorframes, doors and staircases. Having worked for Story Homes for a lengthy period of time, they have gained a strong relationship with the business along with gaining new contacts and on-site experience.
“Working for Story Homes is a good experience because they’ve got the right management, the right teams around. I would say out of all the builders we work with, Story Homes is at the top of the pile. Specifications are very high and they build their houses correctly.”
More information: www.marshalldecs.co.uk
Aptus Utilities secured their first contract with Story Homes in 2011 working with them at Etterby, Carlisle. Since then the Bolton firm has gained contracts on a number of developments including award-winning builds at High Wood in Lancaster and Kirkby Stephen. This positive and rewarding relationship with the respected house builders has helped Aptus to flourish.
The partnership with Story Homes has, without doubt, contributed to Aptus’ success and rapid growth throughout the North West. Starting with one employee in March 2010 and they now have over 100.
Aptus Utilities delivers a first class service in the design, build and commissioning of multi-utility networks. As an Independent Connections Provider (ICP), they are also fully equipped to supply street lighting infrastructure. The expertise and know-how at Aptus, combined with the resources to deliver a streamlined service installing gas, water and electric as a one-stop approach to sites, offers customers a competitive, timesaving and cost-effective option.
“Story Homes has played an important part in Aptus Utilities’ story, with strong support and connections from the firm helping us to get established in a challenging economic climate. We have forged an excellent working relationship with Story Homes based on shared values, a customer focused ethos and delivering high quality projects tailored to our client’s requirements.”
More information: www.aptusutilities.co.uk
Kendal based AJM Decorating is a market leading company and has been providing high quality work for 20 years. With a dedicated skilled core team of 38 decorators, several of whom are award-winning, AJM Decorating is now enjoying a successful relationship with Story Homes.
Teaming up with Story Homes two years ago, AJM Decorating are now working alongside the company to produce high quality finished homes across Cumbria, Lancashire and Scotland. Ensuring security of works for AJM Decorating, this strong working relationship is going from strength to strength. AJM Decorating is committed to growing their business alongside Story Homes, working on as many sites as they can, taking pride in producing a fantastic end product with the ultimate aim of winning prestigious awards.
“Quality is an integral part of what AJM is about, it gives us great pleasure in being allowed the time to make this a part of the Story Homes build process. We look forward to working alongside Story Homes as they grow.”
More information: www.ajmdecorating.co.uk
Caldew Plumbing and Heating
For more than 12 years, Caldew Plumbing and Heating Contractors have been providing plumbing and heating services to Story Homes on many of their developments across Cumbria.
Sean Gilchrist is owner of the company and in the past his business won any work through competitive tenders. They have moved into a framework agreement to provide continuity of work in the future and to continue developing the relationship with Story Homes for a long-term future.
“We have worked on a whole range of developments, from Crindledyke Farm in Carlisle to Birkbeck Gardens in Kirkby Stephen. We like working with such as professional company with a great reputation in the industry. The framework will help us to grow our own business too.”
For more information about Caldew Plumbing and Heating contact Sean on 01228 513866.
Story Homes has been working with Parex Renders for more than two years, using their rendering product to add real external quality to our homes.
Using Parex Monorex through colour render, Parex have recently worked on Story Homes first ever development in Lancashire, High Wood, providing feature panels and various elevations to give a decorative roughcast finish which echoes the typical appearance of rural properties in the surrounding villages.
Parex have worked with Story Homes on a number of other developments in Cumbria and the North East and produced a great finish on the homes. Using a render specialist, on this occasion Choice Render, Parex ensure that not only the product but also the work is first class. This lives up to Story Homes reputation for high quality and high specification properties, making it an ideal partnership.
Parex is a worldwide company, active in 55 countries. The product is manufactured in France, where the raw materials are known to be of a very high quality. This makes the render better placed to withstand weather and this is backed up with guarantees and a warranty.
“We have worked with Story Homes for almost three years and they are a growing company so we had identified a possible relationship with them. We understand their desire for a really high quality finish on each home and with our product and our skilled applicators, as well as our ability to monitor the application process throughout, we were confident that we could provide the best render solution possible.”
More information: www.parex.co.uk.
S & W Rickerby Landscapes
One of Story Homes’ longest contractor partnerships is with S & W Rickerby Landscapes. For 26 years Rickerby Landscapes have landscaped the properties which Story Homes build.
Stephen Rickerby is one of two partners at Rickerby Landscapes, which also employs three further members of staff. They have been trading for more than 26 years, fencing, turfing and creating stunning landscapes across Cumbria.
“We have worked with Story Homes for a long time and we understand what they require for each property to look as stunning outside as it does inside. We have worked on numerous developments with Story Homes and we have a great working relationship, carrying out various works as and when required.”
More information: www.sandwrickerbylandscapes.co.uk
Warren Contracting Services
Warren Skelly has worked for over 30 years within the plumbing business as both an experienced tradesman and at high management levels. Subsequently in May 2013, he decided that it was time to stand on his own and Warren Contracting Services (NW) Ltd came into being.
The ethos of the company is to provide high quality, affordable installations from both personal clients to large corporations and to be proactive in achieving the best results throughout. The business is run from its base in Lancaster and currently employs a dedicated highly skilled team of 30 staff and tradesmen.
The company constantly strives to increase its portfolio with highly reputable building contractors, Story Homes being one such contractor, has been on their list for a considerable amount of time. Inevitably, quality comes first and this is something that both Warren Contracting and Story Homes have in common.
Also at the heart of any business, are cash flow and profit margins – it is by working for companies such as Story Homes that this can be maintained, meaning that both of companies achieve the goals set out.
“Attention to detail and quality of service are Warren Contracting Services core values which mirrors Story Homes’ reputation for providing quality homes for people in the local community.”
More information: www.warrencontractingnwltd.co.uk
Apply to work with Story
What happens next?
Our commercial team will collate all enquiries and will contact you to progress if there are opportunities in your chosen area.
Why do I have to specify a regional area?
Story Homes is growing geographically, with new developments between Biggar in Scotland to Lancaster in Lancashire, as far apart as Whitehaven in Cumbria and Shotley Bridge in County Durham. It makes it easier if you specify which area you can cover and we can allocate local opportunities to you.
What if there are no opportunities for me at present?
If you complete our online form, we will keep your name on our records and as soon as we have some suitable work for you, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further.