A LANARK-based construction firm which directs its profits into charitable causes is on track to double turnover after landing a major contract.

CCI Scotland, a social enterprise which supports health, inclusion and employability projects, has started work on a 10-week playground fit-out with Esh Borders Construction.

It follows a project which the sub-contractor carried out with Paisley-based Clark Contracts during the summer.

Director Niall McShannon declared that the recognition CCI has achieved as a legitimate sub-contractor has put it on course to turn over £600,000 this year.

The organisation hopes to add a further seven staff to its roster by February, adding to the give it had on its books during its last financial year.

Mr McShannon said advice from Business Gateway Lanarkshire had been critical in its evolution into “bona fide” construction firm. He said: “Making the breakthrough into mainstream contracting has been challenging, but our contract manager has worked hard to convince potential contractors that our credentials and operations are completely unaffected by the charity shareholder.”

Having initially been set up to enable vulnerable young people develop a derelict site in Lanark, the organisation now provides work for 80 socially disadvantaged individuals in landscape, horticulture, environmental and woodcraft projects that benefit local communities.