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Lucas UK Group is a fit out and finishing specialist to the construction industry, working for blue-chip
contractors on structures across the wider south east region.
Danny Lucas joined the small family business founded by his father Sam at the age of 15, and has helped to transform it into the large company it is today. He said: “Our key objective is to maintain higher levels of revenue and grow profitability by reflecting our investment in the company’s future. “We will do this by developing ‘Lucas Lean’ across our operations. “This new way of working reduces waste in the business, drives efficiency and makes us more agile and responsive to short term issues and longer term trends.”
Lucas UK Group uses the latest technology to drive productivity, for example through the development of several apps for everyday operations within the company.
Mr Lucas said: “These bespoke apps keep us all connected and make for a much more efficient way of working. “They provide our clients with information about our colleagues’ skills and qualifications, and keep our people safe.” The business has also benefited from a partnership with McLaren in recent years, alongside developing pioneering product, Lucas Breathe, which works to tackle air pollution.
It has also made an effort to tackle the industry’s skills shortage, working with London South East Colleges to train apprentices and enthuse the next generation, alongside charity Bounce Back, which supports exoffenders.
Mr Lucas added: “Sales have grown strongly in recent years, whilst profits have remained stable as we have invested heavily in the business. This approach keeps us ahead of the competition, enabling us to deliver larger ‘super fit out’ projects.”