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Darren Crookes - Lincolnshire’s Business Person of the Year!

Created on: 30th November 2016


Managing Director of APSS was honored to be awarded Business Person of the Year at the 2016 Lincolnshire Business Awards.​

Darren Crookes is Managing Director of APSS. He set up the business nearly 20 years ago in his own home. Today the business owns a 16,000 sq. ft state of the art office and joinery workshop in Lincoln, directly employs 45 people and is projected to turn over £32m in the 2016/17 financial year.

Darren is a hands on Managing Director, still managing a number of key clients and working closely with the team on large projects.

In 2014, after a few office moves, he made the decision to invest heavily in the business and purchased an old dilapidated building and transformed it into a modern office space and workshop.

Today they occupy the stand out building on Kingsley Road in Lincoln and have a team of Designers, Sales & Business Development, Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Joinery Team and Admin Support. This year, Darren won the Institute of Directors East Midlands Director of the Year Award.

Citation: He has taken his business from an enterprise in his bedroom to a company with a turnover of £32 million. It has taken 20 years and in that time not only has the business changed and grown but so has Darren.

The judges said: "He's changed as a person and now learns from other people. He's built a great team of loyal people. He has also learned to shout a little more about the business. Darren demonstrates adaptability and vision and has built a sustainable developed team. He's leading a Lincolnshire business to make an impact nationally."

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