Company History

JLES Group History - our story so far

We are proud of our 18 years in business and how we have continued to grow into something bigger and better year upon year. Here are the chapters in the JLES story so far.
  • 2022Continued Growth
    In 2022 we continue with our growth plans for the business, with 3 new regions being established to help increase overall production and to facilitate better coverage of the UK Mainland.

    JLES Central has been a strong region since being established and to maximise their potential, the region has split in two delivery regions. JLES Central East and Central West have been created to cover the whole of the Midlands.

    The 3rd new region is serving Scotland. Having never worked in this area of the UK until 2021, Scotland is an exciting venture for JLES and an opportunity for the new Scottish team to push their selves and test their knowledge.
  • 2021JLES Exeter
    JLES are excited to announce the opening of our 7th region, JLES Exeter.
  • 2019JLES Legal Services Launched
    We marked another important milestone in our growth as the UK’s leading Road and Sewer Adoption Specialists as we announced the launch of JLES Legal Services!

    Our Legal Services Department assists all JLES regions with management of legal issues and consultation. This enables our developer clients to achieve progression of their unadopted sites far quicker when ‘legal hindrances’ are present.

    Please see below examples of where JLES Legal Services can assist in acting as a catalyst to remove legal hindrances associated with your Road and Sewer Adoptions.

    • Facilitating Technical Approval and reviewing Road & Sewer Agreements.
    • Deed of Grant of Easements & Deed of Dedication implementation.
    • S116 Stopping up Orders & associated consents.
    • S142 & S177 Licence Co-ordination.
    • Consent to discharge & Landowner investigations.
    • Local Authority & 3rd Party Solicitor liaisons.

    For more information on our Legal Services, please feel free to contact

  • 2019JLES Thames Region
    Brand new JLES region opened serving clients in the Thames Water area.
  • 2018Bond Reductions
    £10.5million GBP of road and sewer bond reductions achieved.
  • 2018Subcontractor of the Year
    JLES named as Subcontractor of the Year at the Housebuilder Awards 2018.
  • 2017Best Business Product Award
    JLES Post Build Adoption Package (PBA) named as Best Business Product at the Housebuilder Product Awards.
  • 2016Subcontractor of the Year Award
    JLES awarded Subcontractor of the Year at the Housebuilder Awards’.
  • 2016South West Office Opened
    Open brand new JLES South West office serving clients in South Wales, South and West Midlands and South West England.
  • 2015Turnover increases
    Consolidated Turnover exceeds £5.5million as the business continues to grow.
  • 2015JLES invest in Design
    JLES invest in Design with addition of Group Principal Designer with more than 25 years’ experience in the industry.
  • 201410 Year Anniversary
    Launch of a new brand identity to celebrate 10 years in business. Created Business Development, Customer Service and HR departments. Named as UK Top 100 Apprentice Employer. JLES Adoption Management System awarded Best Business Product at Housebuilder Product Awards. Awarded Regional Employer of the Year at National Apprenticeship Awards. JLES Highly Commended in category of Subcontractor of the Year at Housebuilder Awards.
  • 2013Annual Turnover Exceeds £4.25 Million
    Staff numbers grow to incorporate 30 full time technical/engineering staff. Annual consolidated turnover exceeds £4.25 million.
  • 2011Southern Office Opened
    JLES Southern Regional office opened to establish true nationwide geographical spread JLES extends its Special Projects operations to include retaining works, river bank improvements and sewer redesign and receives commendation from Environment Agency. Engaged by UK Water Company in joint initiative to help developers with issue of unadopted sewers.
  • 2010 First Design, Build and Adopt Infrastructure Package
    JLES delivers first design, build and adopt infrastructure package. JLES undertakes first work for Public Sector Clients. JLES Special Projects delivers building completion works for administrator client.
  • 2009Midlands Office Opened
    JLES further diversifies client base to include commercial developers and bond surety providers. Staff numbers grow to 15 full time engineering and technical staff. JLES Midlands Office (now Central) established Annual turnover exceeds £1 million. Accredited as an Investor in People. Contract Journal, Best Places to Work: Winner.
  • 2008First Post Build Adoption Package
    JLES completes first post build adoption package and receives commendation from client, local authority and water company Recession severely hits client spend. JLES begin to penetrate social housing sector.
  • 2007Northern Office Opened
    Establishment of Group Structure and change of company name to JLES Group Ltd. Demand from North West Clients for JLES to work in the Yorkshire region expanded the business to form the embryonic Northern Office. Recruited second apprentice.
  • 2006The Business Grows
    Company change of name to JL Engineering Services Ltd. Client base grew to 20 and included clients from new sectors of industry. Team grew to 5 people including recruitment of first apprentice into the business.
  • 2005First Housebuilder Orders
    Began marketing campaign to promote the business to housebuilders in the Northwest of England. Generated first orders from Redrow, Bellway and Gleeson Homes and first adoption certificates were obtained by the company on behalf of developers.
  • 2004JLES Group Founded
    JLES was initially formed in response to a recognised need in the housing industry for a professional engineering solutions company that would provide technical and engineering services in a hassle and risk free way to Housebuilder technical departments. In order to set ourselves apart, we established a fixed fee, payment upon performance pricing policy. Limited company founded 9th December 2004 (Company No. 05308808) as JL Construction and Project Management Ltd.