John F. Chambers, a Civil Engineer, started Lindum Construction (Lindum is the Roman name for Lincoln) in 1956. The first office was on Waterside North in Lincoln and began with a Secretary, Mrs Pauline Brown (who subsequently became Chairlady 32 years later), 3 tradesmen and a dog called Shep.
From the very beginning, the philosophy of the Company was set clearly towards practical skills and good relationships with clients and this continues to this day.
The business expanded from civil engineering, primarily for water companies and industrial customers, to building and large construction projects over the years, especially in the food manufacturing and retailing sectors, as well as education and social housing.
Today, Lindum directly employs over 600 people at any one time, has a turnover in excess of £100m, with main offices in Lincoln, Peterborough and York.
Chaired by the founder's youngest son, David, the Lindum Group now comprises of 12 trading divisions - actively involved in construction, joint venture commercial property, house building, plant, joinery and maintenance within the East Midlands, East Anglia and Yorkshire.
Its success is demonstrated in its growing repeat business and its transparent approach to its client relations. Profitability is reinvested in the company, so that the balance sheet is strong and better able to withstand fluctuations in the market, which means that our trading partners can have that added security in their dealings with us.
As the company has grown, so too has the philosophy of sharing the success of the company with ALL of its employees and, today, Lindum is one of the top 50 employee owned companies in the UK. By owning shares in the company our employees are very well motivated and committed to going the extra mile to look after customers' requirements and needs.
The Gnome story started many years ago. In one fair garden, surrounded by much laughter and fun, the first gnome appeared. Many gnomes came to play and offer their wisdom, to such an extent that the family now stands at over 75.
Lindum also has a long standing association with 'gnomes'. After adopting a family of gnomes in 1999, the numbers have steadily increased as those rescued from skips and donated by employees' families have joined them in the gardens surrounding the offices. These legendary dwarfish creature are said to guard the earth's treasures and are now very much part of Lindum's history.