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Colin St John Reflects On Freefoam 30 Year Anniversary

Whilst no one could have predicted the tumultuous events and challenges that 2020 has brought, one milestone was always going to be in the calendar – Freefoam Building Products reaching 30 years in business. As part of this anniversary Freefoam are releasing a few short videos featuring key people who have played a significant part in the growth and development of the business.

The first video features Colin St John, Commercial Director, who has been with Freefoam for nearly 20 years. He arrived when the business was a simple UK distribution centre, acting as a hub to supply customers around the country, with manufacturing taking place in Ireland. In the intervening years the site has changed and developed dramatically and now features a fully integrated manufacturing and mixing plant, producing and supplying products to service the Groups markets in Ireland, UK and Europe. Colin has been at the centre of these developments and it’s fair to say many wouldn’t have happened without his vision, contribution, enthusiasm and support.

Freefoam is a company that values its people, and works hard to develop individuals and create exciting and rewarding careers. As a testament to this approach 29% of current employees have been with the business for more than a decade. In his interview Colin also acknowledges the significant part all team members have played in the growth of the company “We value the contribution of every single person who has walked through those gates over the last 20 years.”

Today Freefoam has a group turnover of around £65 million, with just over 300 team members. Aidan Harte, CEO summarised ” We are proud of everyone who works at Freefoam and wanted to use our 30th anniversary to highlight some of the people who have made some lasting and significant contributions. Colin’s role in our business has been, and continues to be, very important. He has steered the UK operation through times of economic uncertainly, overseen major site developments and implemented significant growth strategies. We couldn’t have done it without him!”