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Forward Thinking at Starfish Construction

As an organisation, Starfish Construction works hard to create a culture where we value every team member for their contribution to the business.

Starfish Construction operates through 'Elevate', our company culture and operational programme, which drives us forward to reach new levels of excellence. How we work, act, and communicate with our customers sets us apart, and every member of our team adds value to our customers. Together with Elevate, we excel, grow, and reach new levels of collective success with our customers.

Our Core Values

Our company core values are at the heart of everything we do as a business and are critical to our success:

  • Safety
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Relationships
  • Forward Thinking
  • Innovative Designs
  • Service
  • Honesty

We rotate each of our values within the company, and a team member sends out an email with the weekly core value and an insight into how it plays an integral part in our organisation.

Forward Thinking

Shaun McCluskey, Starfish Construction Commercial Director, had the baton recently and was tasked with creating a positive reflection of our 'Forward Thinking' core value.

As Shaun will be the first to admit, he sometimes takes on too much himself and occasionally misses an opportunity to delegate to his team. He decided to try and use this opportunity to ask his 17-year-old daughter, Lana, who is currently in her 6th year of school, and a prolific poetry writer, to create a poem to communicate our Forward Thinking core value.

Shaun explained to Lana how our values are fundamental to Starfish Construction, our people and how we operate. Shaun also explained the importance of core values to the continued growth of a business.

Although Shaun is understandably biased towards his daughter's talent, we are sure you will agree she created a poem that sums up the core value perfectly.


'Forward Thinking'

Forward Thinking

Thoughts connecting and linking




Becoming enlightened in your role

A steady rhythm on the foot of your sole

Running in time

Moving in meaningful manners

Ensuring each aspect of your control is kept in line

The constant beat of construction hammers

Planning ahead

Knowing the direction in which your actions are being led

A path to follow

A road to ride

A destination in the end sight.

By Lana McCluskey


We want to thank Lana, and Shaun for using his insider knowledge, relationship, and forward thinking, to allow Lana to develop such a creative piece.

This has undoubtedly met several of our Core Values and sets a challenge for the next team member tasked with the next value!

To find out more about our Elevate Programme, download the presentation here.