Stuart Cock

Managing Director, Mersea Homes

"Colchester is an exciting, aspirational place to live and bring up a family"

How would you best describe Mersea Homes and its values?

Mersea Homes is a regional residential developer delivering high quality homes that will stand the test of time.

Who started Mersea Homes and when; how has it evolved to date?

The business was started by my grandfather in 1947 as a small building contractor. Over the 50+ years it has now evolved into a well respected residential developer carrying out schemes of all sizes including large urban extension for thousands of homes.

How big is Mersea Homes now?

We provide jobs for over 150 skilled tradesmen and professionals and have built thousands of houses in the region.

How do you see Mersea Homes evolving over the next 5 years?

We wish to continue building the business year on year but without compromise to quality.

What are the advantages of being a Colchester-based business?

Colchester is a fantastic place to operate due to its strong economic track record, geographical location and infrastructure making it a growth location. When you put all this together it makes it an exciting, aspirational place to live and bring up a family, so the future is bright.

What are the biggest challenges for your business in Colchester?

Ensuring the increasingly hard battle of building new strategic infrastructure to accommodate growth, as well as overcoming existing deficiencies. Making sure that education and training is directed to all parts of the construction industry so that the skilled work force needed will be readily available.

As the town expands, what opportunities does this create for both Mersea Homes and for the town generally?

Being a house builder, growth obviously means that people need good quality homes to live in which, if we do our job well, will ensure we can continue to thrive.

Of the 4 themes promoted by Colchester Ambassadors, which is the most important to you and why?

Creating Capital in Colchester. If Colchester is successful in doing this, it will ensure that it is a place where people want to live and grow, which will in turn mean that necessary skills and investment will occur. In my view we cannot standstill, the world is changing and we need to adapt to ensure we are ahead of the game.