We work in a really diverse range of sectors, from airports to pharmaceuticals

Our Clients

Our clients come from a diverse range of sectors including airports, banking, education, leisure, professional services, pharmaceuticals, retail and technology but they all have one thing in common: they demand quality and value from their service providers.

We are proud to be rated by our clients as a reliable, collaborative, fair and proactive organisation that consistently delivers a high quality service. Our clients also say they enjoy working with our teams.

70% of our turnover is from repeat business year-on-year, and we retain our clients through constant innovation and effective responses to change in the dynamic markets in which we work.

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Our History

From small beginnings as an electrical contractor, started by two brothers in the post-war years, Gratte Brothers has now become one of the leading Building Services Contractors in the UK, whilst proudly remaining a family-owned business.

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1940s

Gratte Brothers First Registered

Gratte Brothers Limited was first registered on 22nd May 1946 by brothers Derrick and André Gratte as an electrical contracting business based in Knebworth, Hertfordshire. Gratte Brothers was started with a capital of £100, a sum equivalent to 20 weeks wages for a skilled tradesman at the time.

Shortly after, Derrick Gratte left Knebworth to establish a London branch of the company in Red Lion Square, Holborn and in 1948 expanded into commercial catering equipment maintenance, working for Hertfordshire County Council.

1950s

Business Expands

It did not take long for our London branch to outgrow the Knebworth operation by acquiring major blue chip clients in the retail and expanding aviation sectors. A number of employees were recruited in this decade who would be promoted to senior roles within the business and remain with Grattes for the rest of their working lives.

Meanwhile, a refrigeration department was set up to support the catering equipment contracts being undertaken by the Knebworth branch.

1960s

The Second Generation

Martin and Ian Gratte, Derrick’s sons, joined the London Headquarters (by now located in Wicklow Street WC1, having outgrown its original premises) as the 1960s housebuilding boom provided residential work opportunities for the company and company turnover reached £1,000,000 for the first time.

Back in Knebworth, Gratte Brothers expanded its services to include design and installation works for catering equipment, to complement the maintenance service already offered and a dedicated commercial catering equipment division was established.

1970s

New Ideas

Martin and Ian Gratte were appointed to the Board, bringing new ideas and international work continued to grow.

By the late 1970s, Design and Build contracts were commonplace for both M&E and Electrical only work so Gratte Brothers established a separate M&E design division and we added a mechanical building services capability to our portfolio of services.

1980s

Largest M&E Contract to Date

We won the largest M&E contract to date (£250,000, to provide building services to the Chinese Embassy in London) in the 1980s.

Ian Bass, Derrick’s son-in-law, was appointed Financial Director as turnover exceeded £13m. Gratte Brothers was flourishing in international and retail M&E works and the evolving commercial catering business was contributing significantly to the turnover.

1990s

Relocating to Regents Wharf

Having outgrown Wicklow Street, we relocated to Regents Wharf, N1, where our London HQ is still based and completed our first data centre project.

We also registered a separate commercial catering equipment company, known today as Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Ltd and an electronic security management company, Gratte Brothers Security Management, as subsidiaries of the Gratte Brothers Group

2000s

Over 100 New Staff Join

The 2000s saw Gratte Brothers acquire a mechanical services company, adding over 100 new staff to our business. This decade also saw the establishment of an M&E Maintenance division, further adding to our service offering.

By this stage Stephen Gratte, Martin’s son and David Gratte, Ian’s son had also joined the business, establishing Gratte Brothers’ third generation of expertise.

2010s

The Third Generation

In the early 2010s, Gratte Brothers Security Management Ltd flourished and today remains located amongst three offices, our London HQ as well as offices in Belfast and Warrington and security software was added to the Group’s service offering.

The M&E division of the business also secured a number of high profile framework contracts in this decade and by this time had developed its own Principal Contractor capability.

In 2016, we celebrated our 70th Anniversary. Stephen and David were joined by Chris Bass, a third Grandson of Derrick, and all three were appointed to the Group Board.

Quick Facts

Parent Company:

Gratte Brothers Group Limited
Company Registered Number 2732546

Registered Address:

2 Regents Wharf,
All Saints Street,
London,
N1 9RL

Operating Companies:

Gratte Brothers Limited
Registered Number 411138
Mechanical and electrical building engineering services.

Gratte Brothers Specialist Services Limited
Registered Number 2729551
Mechanical and electrical maintenance services.

Gratte Brothers Catering Equipment Limited
Registered Number 1832773
Design, supply, installation and maintenance of
commercial catering equipment.

Gratte Brothers Security Management Limited
Registered Number 350139
Design, installation and maintenance of security systems.

Gratte Brothers Technical Services Limited
Registered Number 666254
Mechanical and electrical building engineering services.

Trade Associations, Assessment & Industry Organisations:

APPSS – Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers
APHC – Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors
BSRIA – Building Services Research and Information Association
BESA – Building Engineering Services Association
CEDA – Catering Equipment Distributors Association
JIB – Joint Industry Board
NSI – National Security Inspectorate
NICEIC – National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting
Achilles – Building Confidence
Achilles – UDVB
Gas Safe

Standards:

Gratte Brothers is assessed to:

Quality Standard ISO 9001

Environmental Standard ISO 14001

Safety Management Standard ISO 45001

Find us:

2 Regents Wharf,
All Saints Street
London,
N1 9RL

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Contact us:

Email us: info@gratte.com

Call us: 020 7837 6433

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