Kim and Simon Morrish of Ground Control, the UK’s leading external facilities and landscaping provider, win the coveted Transformational Leaders Award in recognition of their commitment to building a better working world.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in the UK, the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebrate the huge contribution entrepreneurs make to the national economy, fostering an impressive ever-growing network of innovators and business pioneers in the process.
Competing with some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurial companies, Kim and Simon Morrish – the driving force behind Ground Control – were honoured as Transformational Leaders for ‘transforming and professionalising’ their rapidly expanding business, as well as helping to shape a vibrant future for entrepreneurial and innovative businesses in the UK.
Simon Hughes, Chairman at Ground Control, commented: ‘’The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards recognise successful entrepreneurs making a positive impact on society and the economy, and the pivotal role they have played in the transformation and amazing growth of Ground Control over the last 14 years. They have built a world-class company culture and innovative technology systems that drive national service delivery from their Essex-based headquarters. As majority shareholders, the Moorish’s have ensured that all company employees participate in Ground Control’s success through shares, share options, and performance bonuses. They have invested heavily in training and systems to support Ground Control’s vast supply chain of 6,000 operatives throughout the country. Perhaps more important is what they do with their profits: Kim and Simon have personally invested over £20 million into building social impact businesses in green energy, mental health, education and electric transportation.”
Says Simon Morrish, CEO: “We feel very privileged to have been honoured with such a prestigious and high profile award. We have worked to change the way business is run by putting people at the centre of everything we do, ensuring everyone shares the responsibility of leadership and the financial benefits of ownership. We invest heavily in training and development for our colleagues and building systems to drive operational efficiency. To date, we have paid out over £10 million to our employee-shareholders and share option holders.”
“Key to all of this has been elevating the professionalism of the business to one based on a highly skilled and highly efficient workforce delivering outstanding value for money. Our tech-driven management and project delivery systems for 45,000 sites were recently recognised with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, along with recognition from the London Stock Exchange as a Business to Inspire Britain.
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the entire team, we’ve built a professional, inclusive, people-centric culture which has grown the business from £8 million to £140 million in turnover with no external investment. The EY Award is another very welcome acknowledgement of this effort,” according to Kim Morrish.
Ground Control was founded in 1973 to provide commercial grounds maintenance solutions. Under the Morrish’s leadership since 2004, it has grown from supplying maintenance to just a few customers to become the largest, multi-disciplined external facilities management company in the UK.
From an initial focus in retail, the company’s operations have expanded into water, electric and telecom utilities, social housing, rail and highway transport, plus public sectors, offering a range of services that includes vegetation management, landscape construction, landscape design, roofing, ecology and much more, operating 365 days a year.