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EE Smith Contracts is one of the UK’s leading specialist interior fit-out contractors. Privately owned, and operating from our purpose-built headquarters in Leicester, we’ve been setting the industry standard for over 70 years.
We are experts in fitting out some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, commercial interiors and private residences. Our interior solutions are engineered to the finest tolerances, ensuring the finished product perfectly matches the designer’s vision.

EE Smith Contracts is also one of the UK’s leaders in training apprentice joiners and cabinet makers. We take on new applicants every year, and have seen over 200 apprentices successfully pass through our programme.

It’s this marriage of technology and tradition that allows us to deliver high-quality solutions to design briefs without compromising on aesthetic requirements.

Our History

Founded by Edward Elijah Smith in 1897, EE Smith Contracts originally operated from a small shop on Canning Street, Leicester. As the business prospered, it moved to new premises in 1937. In the same year, 14-year-old Basil Richardson was taken on as an apprentice, making pewter basins.

In 1947, following his wartime service in the Royal Navy, Basil returned to Leicester to find Elijah in poor health and the business in decline. At the age of 24, Basil became EE Smith Contracts’ managing director, foreman and entire workforce.

Basil’s sons Rodney and Nigel joined the company in the early 1970’s and they began to grow the business together until they purchased the business from their father in the late 1980’s.

The company continued to prosper through the 1990’s and into the new millennium when the company expanded and developed into the super prime residential and 5 star hotel market. Huge investment into cutting edge technology saw the company continuing to lead the market in providing high quality joinery and interiors to all sectors of the UK and at times overseas market.

In 2016 an exciting new era began when a management buy-out saw four of the long serving team take over the ownership of the business, they are;

Neil Bottrill – Managing Director

Been with company since 1990 in a variety of Estimating and Commercial Management Roles. In 2008, Neil joined the Board of Directors taking on the role of Commercial Director.

Dan Cashmore – Contracts Director

Been with the company since 2006 starting out in the Estimating Department before moving into Project Management and Senior Contracts
Management Roles. Dan holds an Honours Degree in Construction Management from The College of Estate Management, University of Reading.

John Richardson – Production Director

Been with the company since 1986, John has worked extensively in the factory from Apprentice, Bench Joiner, Foreman, Production Manager before taking on the role as Production Director in 2008.

Richard Hollingsworth – Commercial Director

Been with the company since 2008 and became Senior Quantity Surveyor shortly afterwards. Richard holds an Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying and Construction Cost Management from Nottingham Trent University.

Accreditations

We hold the following professional accreditations: