Elevate FM director Dave Warren and John Street, director of free@last

A business launched in lockdown has said a special thank you to all the suppliers that helped it thrive during such a difficult period.

Bosses at Elevate FM threw a big party for around 35 suppliers and their guests to thank them for their support and service.

Dave Warren, director of the Birmingham-based facilities management company, said: “We invited all the people that have helped us over the past 12 months. We wanted them to feel appreciated and part of the team.

“It’s easy for people to thank their customers, but people forget about the people who have helped you provide that excellent customer service.

“We launched in lockdown and we rely on a lot of suppliers. We wanted to look after the people who have looked after us.”

Elevate FM, which is based in George Street and offers property maintenance services for schools and businesses, was launched in June 2020 and has gone from strength to strength.

Left to right, Elevate FM employees Keith Green, Peter Powell, Beckie Wait, David Warren and Derek Hands with John Street, director of free@last

Two new members of staff are being sought at the moment, an apprentice and a business development manager, as that success continues.

Dave said he plans to repeat the thank you event at least once a year to show his appreciation for his network of suppliers, especially as his business grows.

“We have big plans for future expansion,” he said. “We want to have branches in all areas of the UK and become a truly national company.

“Hopefully all these trusted suppliers will stick with us and grow with us. It’s like a ripple effect, as we grow, they will too.”

Also at the event was John Street, director of free@last, which is Elevate FM’s chosen charity. free@last works to improve the lives of the children and young people of Nechells, Birmingham.

The big thank you event was held at Zen Metro Thai restaurant in Cornwall Street, Birmingham city centre. “It was wonderful food and the perfect venue for us to say thank you,” added Dave.

For more information about Elevate FM’s work, visit elevatefm.co.uk