Former manager at Carillion launches new business in Wolverhampton

By Annabal Bagdi | Wolverhampton | Business | Published:

A FORMER boss at Carillion has managed to forge a new booming business months after the construction firm's devastating collapse.

(L-R): Roger Talbot, Savesta Site Manager; Councillor John Reynolds, Samuel Hudman, Savesta Director, and Jonathan Astley, Astley Partnership Architect, at the site of the new Heath Park Academy School art block

Samuel Hudman launched Savesta Construction Ltd just days after he left his post as bid manager at the Wolverhampton-based company.

He has since hired four fellow ex-Carillion employees who work at the new company' base at University of Wolverhampton Science Park.

Mr Hudman said: “When Carillion collapsed a number of projects and clients in the West Midlands were left in limbo, this coupled with a desire to put our large main contractor experience to good use locally and a long-standing hunger to work for myself culminated in the formation of Savesta Construction Ltd.

“Savesta’s USP is our early contractor advice offering. We want to help customers through the construction project lifecycle by offering clear and honest advice from initial design development, through costing advice, planning development and then go on to deliver the construction works.

"Effectively creating a one-stop shop for the delivery of a construction project.

“Our focus moving forward is to deliver exceptional projects to delighted customers.

"We hope this approach of high quality insight and delivery will enable us to develop a strong order book of repeat customers.”

Mr Hudman decided to set up his own company after industry giant Carillion went into liquidation in January.


The businessman secured his first contract the following month and now specialises in new build and refurbishment building projects up to £6 million across the West Midlands.

His first project to construct a £3 million stand-alone art block at Heath Park Academy School is progressing well, with the work expected to be completed in November.

Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton council's cabinet member for city economy, said: "This is a fantastic phoenix from the flames story and Sam deserves a huge amount of credit for what he has achieved in such a short space of time.

“It is an example of the entrepreneurial spirit in the city and shows how businesses, with support from the council and city partners, are thriving in Wolverhampton.


“It is great to see a Wolverhampton company and local people in the supply chain benefitting from city contracts.”

The council united with training providers in the region to offer support packages to former Carillion workers following its collapse.

Annabal Bagdi

By Annabal Bagdi

Senior reporter based at head office in Wolverhampton. Get in touch on 01902 319 229 or at


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