- Sector: Industry
- Country of operations: Nigeria
Sapient Vendors is a fast-growing construction company providing practical engineering solutions for residential, commercial and industrial clients. The company provides civil engineering, design and build, project management and road construction services to its client base, which ranges across the oil and gas, banking, real estate, maritime and construction sectors in Nigeria. It has completed 60 projects to date.
“Our entrance into the construction business was inspired by a growing shortage of quality construction service in the country, especially from indigenous contractors,” says CEO Walter Emiedafe.
Among the problems and challenges the team had noticed in the market were poor project management skills, which resulted in project costs overrunning and some schemes being abandoned entirely, as well as a lack of capital and poor communication skills. Sapient Vendors aims to offer a much-improved service to the market and its approach has paid off, with satisfied customers including the likes of telecoms operator MTN Nigeria Communications and medical equipment provider JNC International.
“Over the years of operation, we have built a reputation for quality service delivery, which has resulted in repeat business from all our customers, all thanks to our team of highly motivated, vibrant and efficient people,” says Walter.
The success of its customer retention strategy has been a key factor in the company’s growth in recent years. Alongside the support it receives from its financial partners Stanbic IBTC Bank and First Bank of Nigeria, its regulatory compliance has given it access to more opportunities within the public space. However, there is still plenty of opportunity to expand further and, in the coming five years, Sapient Vendors aims to grow its revenues further and, in the process, become a pan-African construction brand. It also plans to develop a public-private partnership model for health infrastructure projects.