The history of Havelock One Interiors’ formation goes back 23 years when British retailer Debenhams appointed Havelock Europa Plc for their first department store in the Middle East at Souk Al Sharq, Kuwait. The success of this project and early signs of an upcoming expansion in the region convinced the Havelock team of the long-term potential of the fit-out sector in the Gulf. A strong foundation required a collaboration between the technical expertise from the UK and a deep understanding of the regional business environment, which led to a joint venture, bringing Havelock One to life on 1 September 1998.

Ever since, Havelock One has evolved into a full-fledged turnkey fit-out and manufacturing company, planning, managing and executing interior projects across the GCC and beyond. And we have stayed true to the very principles from back in the days, building lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Over the years, various initiatives have solidified our external partnerships. Therefore, we decided it was time to look inwards. Our research to find the right consultant and framework to help us analyse and develop the strengths of our workforce and their engagement led us to Great Place to Work®. Their proprietary Trust Model© has defined the global standard of what a great workplace looks like, evaluating different dimensions of human relationships such as credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie. And I have to admit, I am very proud to say that our offices in the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait scored very high across these dimensions, making us the first Fit-out Company in the Middle East to be awarded this prestigious certification.

We will clearly leverage these results for achieving even higher standards of employee engagement and attracting great quality talent to work with us and help us grow further. And if you are interested to learn more about us and our path to becoming a Great Place to Work®, please read my full article here.

Syed Kashif Akhtar, Group Managing Director, Havelock One Interiors