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A team of 70+ offering plumber services, grab hire, and full turn-key excavation and reinstatement services in the Scarborough area.

After significant expansion in the past 2-3 years Murphy Utilities Ltd now provides mechanical and civil services across the Yorkshire region. We engage upwards of 70 people, with a wide breadth of experience, supported by a fleet of 50 vehicles. Offering a full turn-key excavation and reinstatement service to our clients predominantly based in the electric sector, our growing size is enabling us to provide consistent service delivery to all our commercial partners. We have also recently expanded our capacity to offer domestic and commercial plumbing and heating services.

  • ISO9001 Certified
  • Scarborough and Humberside sites
  • Seventy staff and fifty vehicles

The people behind Murphy Utilities

A team you can trust

Steve Murphy - Managing Director

Steve started the company in 2011 and is still at the forefront of everything we do today. In his role as MD, he now performs a strategic role for the company, overseeing the performance of our contracts and mapping the route forward. A qualified plumber by trade, Steve has acquired a large amount of experience at a young age in guiding Murphy Utilities from small beginnings to being a market leader in our locality. 10 years in, his passion for the company remains evident day to day. Away from the business, Steve is a keen golfer when he can eke out any spare time in between work and his young family.

Louis Turner - General Manager

Louis joined Murphy Utilities in 2020 a matter of days before the first lockdown; not so much a baptism of fire as a baptism of bedroom-based working. Initially starting as HR Manager, his role has evolved significantly in the last 18 months. Working closely with Steve, Louis oversees every aspect of the company, from HR, health and safety through to business development and marketing. Formally qualified in both HR and health and safety, his background is in HR consultancy providing him with a wide breadth of experience in different industries. In his spare time, he is a keen football fan and adjudicator in tussles between his young son and ginger cat, Tiger.

Jamie Sanderson - Contract Delivery Manager

Jamie’s career with us began in 2018 inauspiciously. At a career crossroads after spending several years as a master technician mechanic, Steve invited Jamie to ‘help out’ for a short period and three years later he is still here, a pivotal member of the team. His core role is to ensure performance and continuity of works on our various contracts, liaising with the end client and driving productivity. Jamie’s influence is felt at every level of the company and his eye for detail is an attribute that displays its value daily. Currently in the midst of home improvements, his weekends are mostly spent up a ladder or with paint brush in hand.

Kate Johnson - Financial Controller

A recent addition to the team, Kate has already had a positive and significant influence on the finance team. Kate came to Murphy Utilities with an interesting and diverse CV encompassing everything from running her own successful business to working in senior finance roles within large companies. She is now bringing all this experience to bear with us, providing a strategic finance guide whilst also focusing on efficiencies within the business. We are excited to see where this work will take us. Outside of work Kate juggles her time between children at university, school governorship and maintaining a busy social calendar.

James Gibson - Murphy Plant Hire Manager

James is our go-to man for anything hire based and is here to help from 6am every morning until 4pm. James comes from a construction background, plying his trade in the concrete industry prior to joining us at Murphy Utilities. He looks after all our internal fleet and plant whilst also heading up our hire service. Always ready to help and with a can-do attitude, let us know your requirement today and James will be in touch ASAP. Away from work, James likes anything with an engine, particularly the two wheeled variety. This in between spending time with young family, a busy man!

We are proud Scarborians and are always keen to reinvest and support the local community.

  • Founded
    2011

  • Head count
    70+

  • Key clients
    Northern Powergrid via J.Murphy & Sons, Yorkshire Water

The company began in 2011 with Steve Murphy, his Dad and one other employee. Predominantly working on water contracts on behalf of Yorkshire Water, Steve was 'on the tools' putting in long days and weeks to kick start the business whilst working weekends to ensure the wheels kept turning in these early stages. The emphasis had very much been on building a secure and long-term business with steady growth throughout the 2010s until an opportunity presented itself in 2018 to take a propulsive step forward which also brought with it major risk.

The company agreed to take on the electrical faults contract on behalf of Northern Powergrid and J.Murphy & Sons Limited, both in the huge North Yorkshire and Wolds Area and Humberside. This was a reactive contract, meaning a Murphy Utilities team would carry out an excavation if there was an electrical fault in the ground, allowing NPG engineers to repair the fault prior to a separate MU team reinstating the excavation. It was a step into the unknown, but equally was a one-time opportunity to take the business to the next level.

The practicalities meant hugely increasing the number of staff in both Scarborough and a new area in Hull, a massive investment in vehicles and equipment whilst negotiating the impact this would have on the existing business. New premises in the Humberside region would have to be secured also. This was all achieved at the age of 28.

In the recent past, Murphy Utilities, like all businesses, have negotiated the challenges of Covid-19, and it has come out the other side a stronger business. When the pandemic commenced in March 2019, Murphy Utilities staff were designated as keyworkers, playing an important role in maintaining the critical national infrastructure. This role was quite simply playing our part to ensure the water kept flowing and electricity stayed connected. Ensuring the business continued to operate at pre pandemic levels was the major challenge in the face of supplier shortages and significant staff isolation periods.

Not only did the company achieve this, but as we tentatively look to the future Murphy Utilities has 50% more staff now than when the pandemic commenced. This was achieved through navigating the challenges of the last 18 months whilst having the foresight that the world has changed and so should the business to maintain its position and solidify it.

This is not to say that Murphy Utilities has been inwards looking throughout this period. We are proud Scarborians and are always keen to reinvest and support the local community. The pandemic has not deterred this. In recent times Murphy Utilities has bought a significant amount of equipment for a local football club and support charities with time and donations.

One of the proudest moments for the company was partnering with Askew/Brook, Anglo American and other local businesses to provide free meals to children in late 2020 during half-term. It was fantastic to join like-minded people and support the local community which we care deeply about.

Fast forward to autumn 2021 and Murphy Utilities continues to strengthen its position, engaging 70 staff on a full-time basis and looking forward to a bright future post-COVID.

Contact us today regarding your project- we can get it done.

Please feel free to contact us using the form below or via email- contact@murphyutilities.co.uk. We will always come back to you within 2 working days.

  • Based in Yorkshire
  • Proven track record
  • Team of 70+
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Registered Address: Unit 6 Hill View Industrial Units, 12 Barrys Lane, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, YO12 4BZ

Company Number: 07647081