Derek worked for a London Council as a young apprentice and climbed the ranks to be their surveyor which involved, amongst other things, investigating for dampness, timber rots and woodworm
Derek decided that if he was going to put his name to a Company, then he wanted to “do things right” and for the company to be the best it could be. His company – Shaw Preservations started trading and he obtained his surveyor qualifications through the BWPDA and began training his staff to the highest possible level.
After trading for a few years, Derek decided he should register Shaw Preservations as a limited company. The rest as they say is history!
Since it was founded by Derek Shaw in 1974, Shaw Preservations has gone from strength to strength and develop an unrivaled reputation within the remedial industry. With an emphasis on expertise, a high quality service and honesty, Shaw Preservations has become a model for other companies in our industry to follow.
These days, Derek is semi-retired and lists his main occupation as Father Christmas. Once a year, he visits local play schools bringing festive cheer. For the remainder of the year, he’s secretly very busy, working as only Father Christmas does! But Shaw Preservations continues. Click on the dates above to see where we’ve come from.
Today, we have the same ethos as when the company was founded; train the workforce to the highest possible standard, (100% of our surveyors are qualified), treat them well and in return the company will be rewarded with top workmanship, hard work, honesty and loyalty. Our low turnaround of staff ensures high levels of expertise and in the event of any unforeseen problems arising on site, are dealt with quickly and efficiently. What more could a Company, or indeed the customer want? Eventually, the BWPDA morphed into the PCA adopting even stricter standards and unlike most other trade bodies, now ensures all member companies undergo bi-annual inspections at the place of work.
This ensures that our knowledge, procedures, health & safety, and standards of practice are maintained to the highest level. In line with our company philosophy, all our operatives and surveyors are CRB checked to provide complete peace of mind when visiting your property. They also attend regular training courses which ensure that changes within the industry and current legislation is updated.
What about the office staff? Unlike most other companies, we also train our office staff. They have attended courses on identifying and controlling dampness, timber infestation and health and Safety practices. This ensures that if you ring the office, the correct advice can be given immediately. It is because of our fantastic staff and very high standards that we have an unrivalled reputation within the remedial industry.