Our History & Culture
Potter Raper was founded in 1970 by the late Gerry Potter and Mike Raper.
Founded in 1970 by the late Gerry Potter and Mike Raper, we have continued to grow our Construction Consultancy and are proud of our continued success, quality service and outstanding reputation we have built.
Our business has expanded from a single house, to employing in excess of 170 members of staff, operating out of five offices in London, Beckenham, Colchester, Brighton and Cambridge.
Our success is built upon the trust of our clients, upon long-term working relationships and the certainty of repeat business. We prioritise the quality of our service delivery over short term commercial gains; we do “whatever it takes” for each and every job and we aspire to be the best in everything we do.
Ours is a modernising business in an industry which demands this. We are a diverse team, guided by experience, leading and investing in young people, committed to developing the careers of all who work for us.
We believe in sharing our knowledge and experience with our peers and clients to the benefit of both ourselves and the industry as a whole.
It is this ethos on which we have built a successful, trusted and respected company and on which we will continue to build for the years to come.
In May 2019 Potter Raper Partnership, became Potter Raper Ltd and moved from a Partnership to a Limited Company. In May 2022 our company became an ‘Employee Ownership Trust (EOT)’.
With over 50 years trading, the Directors wanted a plan for the company’s future and ensure our continued success, whilst sustaining our business philosophy and culture. With a desire to encourage staff involvement, it became clear that the EOT model was the right route to take.
What is an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT)?
An EOT is a trust created to hold shares in a company, on behalf of its employees, so that they become the owners (indirectly). Employee ownership is the fastest growing form of business ownership in the UK.
Research shows that employee-owned companies are stronger performing with employees who are more engaged and committed and this has a huge benefit for our Client’s, as every employee has a vested interest in the success of the company and therefore, their continued work ethos.