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the story so far…

about us

With over 50 years in the industry, this is a glimpse into the journey that’s brought us to where we are today. Sherwoods didn’t start life with a grand vision. Instead, it began with a simple idea, a lot of hard work, and a focus on growth. In this brief history of Sherwoods, you’ll read about some of the challenges we faced, the decisions that shaped us, and the gradual evolution of our company.

An image of Kevin and Mike Sherwodd standing in front of a Sherwoods van

1970 1995

Since its humble beginnings in 1970, Sherwoods has evolved into a leading hard facilities maintenance (FM) service provider across the Southwest. Founded by Mike and Sue Sherwood, the business initially thrived with Mike’s expertise as a mobile industrial M&E controls electrician. Over the years, the team expanded, diversifying its client base to include local councils and larger construction companies.

By 1992, Mike’s son, Kev, had taken over the reins as Managing Director during a challenging period marked by the early ‘90s financial recession followed by Black Wednesday. Despite massive economic uncertainties, the company pushed forward and continued to grow over the next decade, working with several schools and councils across the region.

2003 2015

In 2003, Sherwoods became a private limited company, marking a significant milestone in its continuing journey.  Jo Sherwood, now our Finance Director, joined as a receptionist, developed an Ops desk and was soon looking after the accounts and payroll.

The acquisition of locally-based Hodgson Heating in 2006 paved the way for establishing our in-house commercial gas and plumbing services. By now, Sherwoods has expanded to employ a 30-person in-house team.

2006 also saw our commercial portfolio grow rapidly when Phil Hesketh, formerly of The Haden/Balfour Beatty group, joined us as Commercial Business Manager and secured our first South West region Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) contract with a household name in the retail sector.

In 2014, long-term employees Kevin Wiltshire and Jamie Bonner, who joined Sherwoods as apprentices, were appointed board members. And, thanks to customer demand, 2015 saw Sherwoods increase our offerings to include projects, refurbishments, and building fabric services.

 

Phil Hesketh
A group image of the Sherwoods staff at their team conference at Sandy Park, Exeter

2019 present

Fast forward to 2019, Sherwoods has officially rebranded with a bold, new identity and has an expanded in-house workforce of 60 multi-skilled people to offer a diverse range of services. 2020 brought unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. But Sherwoods maintained its commitment to clients through compliance, safety, critical emergency breakdown and water testing services while sustaining a 100% employment rate.

As of 2024, the Sherwoods workforce has doubled, growing to a team of 130 directly employed, highly skilled, and locally based professionals. Positioned as a sustainable FM service provider, employer, and partner of choice, Sherwoods continues its remarkable journey, covering 15,000 customer facilities across the UK’s South West region.