Members of the National Federation of Builders   Helme & Hallett Ltd.

Who are Helme & Hallett?

Helme & Hallett began trading in January 1964 when Tony Helme and Ivor Hallett set up the business.

Tony had trained as a surveyor, then worked in London. However, just after the birth of his third son, he decided to make his own way in business.

Ivor had taken an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, and worked in Sussex until deciding to start the business with Tony.

By early 1965 the business was founded and work was necessitating the employment of further craftsmen. Moreover the small office and workshop over Tony’s garage at home was now too small. Tony obtained the current site in Cuckfield, that previously was the village threshing yard.

Ivor Hallett, being the older of the two, retired in 1979.

In 1988, whilst contemplating his own retirement, Tony approached his youngest son, Stephen, who then joined the company. Stephen had obtained a BSc degree in Building Management and was at the time a senior planner in a well known London Construction company.

During the recession of the early 1990’s, Helme & Hallett were kept busy as Stephen was building the business. The adjoining property was obtained and a new office developed, giving more workshop space in the original building. Tony was able to do less and finally retired completely in May 1995.

Doug Clifford joined Helme & Hallett in February 1995 as office manager and buyer, very soon becoming the lynchpin of the day-to-day running of the business.

In December 2005 Greg Fenn, who had joined Helme Hallett as a carpenter in 1992, was promoted to Contracts Manager and currently oversees all the construction work.

The Helme & Hallett team in 2007. Many of the faces are the same as in the older photo below, demonstrating the continuity and experience of the workforce.

Helme & Hallett's team around 1995.