Today marks Natta’s 45th year of trading. Since its inception in 1972, when Chairman John J Whelan started Natta Building Company Ltd, the company has gone from strength to strength.
John learnt the business from the bottom up, starting as a pipe-layer and groundworker before trading in a shovel for a JCB. From those humble beginnings the company quickly achieved a reputation for being able to tackle complex groundworks. Today Natta still adopts those “hands on” principles which were responsible for its early success. A development company Natta Country Homes, now Natta Homes, was formed in 1982 and Natta Plant was conceived in 1988.
After graduating from university, his son John E Whelan formally joined the family business in 1992. John quickly followed in his father’s footsteps, by starting at the bottom and working his way up. He developed an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of each skill set required and all aspects of works undertaken to deliver a successful project.
John was instrumental in forming the group’s training business CISTC – Construction Industry Safety Training Centre in 2004.
After working as a Construction Director on the management team for several years John E Whelan formally became Managing Director of Natta Building, Natta Plant and CISTC in 2007.
The group continues to grow; Natta acquired a soil stabilisation company Beach Ground Engineering in 2016. In January this year Natta formed the Surrey Training Group. This new venture has been created to fulfil Natta’s continuous vision for improving Health and Safety awareness amongst companies in Surrey. It will provide them with the ‘Natta blue-print’ to enable them to have a fully skilled workforce.
We are a progressive forward looking company. We are embarking on a three year strategic expansion plan to offer our philosophy and service to a wider client base. In 2020 we are aiming for the Group turnover to reach £100m.
To achieve this milestone we are currently forming a partnership with Guildford College of Technology to offer a Master Groundworkers Course. The training arm of our business also continues to grow. Our new on-site purpose built training building, which includes a gym and canteen, will open its doors on June 9th to coincide with our celebration of National Wellness Day.
Natta will formally celebrate our 45 years of continued success by hosting a Family Day for all our employees on Saturday 9th September at our Head Office.