Palstone Meadow

Cavanna Homes’ growth helps boost local economy

Cavanna Homes has been highlighted in the Western Morning News Fast Growth 75 as one of the region’s top business success stories.

The Torquay-based company was listed at number seven in the newspaper’s list – up from number 10 the previous year – as the award-winning firm’s plans for sustainable growth remained firmly on track.

This continued growth has been good news for the local employment market, with staff numbers increasing by a third in recent years. Cavanna now employs 113 staff from its headquarters in Nicholson Road, Torquay and a further 300 contractors on sites across the region, which is almost double the contracted workforce in 2013.

Director Jonathan Cavanna said: “Based on our policy of reinvesting profit, we would hope to see continued steady growth in the future. We are in a strong position to continue offering a range of good quality new homes in attractive locations for local people in the South West.

“Current developments include 504k in Plymouth, Fusion in Paignton, Primrose Hill in Torquay, Market Quarter in Holsworthy, Palstone Meadow in South Brent, Offshore at Stoke Fleming and Rockbeare Briar near Exeter.

“We are also working on providing new homes at sites across Devon, from Barnstaple and Blackawton to Stoke Gabriel and Woodbury.

“This past year has seen us win a number of awards, including the top five stars from the Home Builders Federation for customer satisfaction – for the fourth year in a row – as well as a Gold from What House? for our partnership work at Horizon in Budleigh Salterton.”

Other industry awards include the LABC’s ‘Bricks Award’ for Development of the Year (South) for Fusion in Paignton. Accolades for staff included Ian Rankin who was awarded the title of Site Manager of the Year South West from the Building Safety Group (BSG) and Robbie Robbins who received his second NHBC Pride in the Job Award. Apprentice Andy Cook was named Best Electrical Apprentice at South Devon College.

Mr Cavanna added: “Cavanna Homes was founded in 1923 and I am proud to say that as a local family business the enterprise continues to grow, supporting the local economy and providing jobs for local people, and that the standard of our work continues to be recognised not only by the industry but, most importantly, by our homebuyers.”