If you're in the construction business, you can leave 'the rest' to us! We're about quantity . . . and quality comes as standard!
Lewis and Lewis, based in Newport, are a well-established, multi-layered company comprising of Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, CDM Co-ordinators, Employers Agents, Project Monitors, Fund Monitors, Construction Business Recovery Specialists and Contractual/Legal Dispute Analytical Experts.
They make a measurable difference to the cost, value and time of a clients’ project. And in the construction industry, you can’t afford to get any aspect wrong. Ever!
Working across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, Lewis and Lewis have attained the highest reputational accolades from notable ‘locals’ (– The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport – ) ‘nationals’ ( - TATA Steel UK - ) and are almost as well known as the Sultan, in Dubai!
Since their original formation in 1986, they have continually evolved to accommodate and keep abreast of legislative changes and technological advancements. They bring an imaginative, innovative, pragmatic and flexible approach to the complex world of construction.
Regardless of the scale or spectrum of works, Lewis and Lewis ‘make it happen’ with unequalled focus and energy – on time and on budget.
“We’re about quantity . . . and quality comes as standard!”
Introducing . . .
Lewis Lewis, who joined his parents (Janet and Adrian) in the family business in January 2008, as the Director of Corporate and Client Services.
Born in Caerphilly, where he lived until the age of ten before the family moved to West Wales. He attended University in Cardiff at the age of eighteen, where he studied HND Hospitality and Management.
His passion for cooking, travel and hospitality had previously been ignited and reflected in the various part-time occupations he’d already experienced, having by then worked in pubs, hotels and restaurants in a number of roles – “From serving drinks to preparing and serving meals, to running ‘front of house’ and even hosting special events.”
The university course required that he spent his second-year on placement, and his first-stop was at the Hilton Hotel in Newport, followed shortly thereafter by a transfer to the (then) new five-star Hilton in Cardiff.
. . . And that, in effect, was the end of his university education at that time, because he enjoyed the hotel experience so much, he never went back! (A fact his parents weren’t made aware of, until some considerable time later! - “They knew I never cashed the cheques they sent me - but we were in constant contact, so they knew I was alright!”)
Lewis demonstrated what can only be described as a natural flair for the hotel industry as a whole, rapidly earning a reputation for man-management, organisational and people skills. Promotion followed promotion, following and during extensive further training at the Hiltons’ own university. He loved the work and enjoyed extensive travel with the group both at home and abroad.
Such had his personal reputation grown, he was approached by another exclusive-chain of ‘Five-star-and-above’ hotels, and Lewis took a new role in charge of Resort Reservations (globally) in Dubai, managing a team of over sixty staff.
The work, although intense and highly pressurised at times, brought great rewards. “I lived in luxury and wanted for absolutely nothing. It was a fabulous lifestyle – but there were drawbacks!
It sounds ridiculous, but after a while the luxury lifestyle becomes a little ‘samey’ in Dubai. There are no ‘High Streets’ to go browsing – just enormous shopping-malls, which you begin to realise, all look just the same. There are no pubs or clubs – other than the ones’ available in the hotels, which of course, are also of the same ilk. After a while, ‘luxury’ becomes ‘normal’ and, if I’m honest, a little bit boring!”
So a telephone call from the Hilton Group, requesting his presence back in the UK, proved too-much of a temptation to resist. And a short time after that, Lewis found himself in charge of Cluster Revenue and Sales, for the South and Southwest regions.
However, the ‘boom time ’ that the hotel industry had enjoyed for a number of years, began to change. Cut-backs on service and standards were slowly introduced, as the economic downturn began to have an effect on bookings. As the situation worsened, the hospitality industry looked to cut costs even further. Mergers and acquisitions brought with them, the inevitable toll of job-losses and other service-standard cutbacks.
Lewis chose to leave the industry and set up his own Corporate travel consultancy – Viaggio UK. Such was the reputation for his travel-organisational-skills, it wasn’t long before he was approached by Capita Symonds – one of the Uk’s largest multidisciplinary construction consultancy operations - who engaged his services to organise and arrange travel, accommodation, etc for the Highways Agencies.
Today, Lewis continues and combines his work with Viaggio UK with his role in Lewis and Lewis, where he is in charge of the marketing/tendering/sponsorship for the company operations both in the UK and abroad. He also looks after the HR requirements of the business, and this year they attained the ISO14001 & 18001 (they already have the ISO9001:2008 Standard)
Lewis is also on the board of the Young Enterprise Scheme – which empowers and enables 16-19 year-olds to ignite and determine their own career-paths, by working with local business people who ‘open up’ their businesses for the young would-be entrepreneurs to explore, identify and develop their own potential.