Our Social Value Strategy
By actively engaging with local communities before, during, and after construction, we have developed a proven track record of delivering economic, environmental and social impacts.
Our social value strategy is overseen by our Health, Safety, Environment & Quality Director, Kerry Penrith, who will support you to achieve your social value targets.
In line with the 2020 ‘Greater Manchester Social Value Framework’, we support local communities, develop our employees and protect the environment through the following six methods:
- Providing the best employment that we can.
- Keeping the air clean in Manchester.
- Making our organisation greener.
- Being part of a strong local community.
- Developing a local, GM based and resilient supply chain.
- Creating the employment and skills opportunities that we need to build back better.
Investing in our employees
Critical to our success is recruiting, retaining and developing the best talent. The economic sustainability of our business is centred around the development of our employees and we ensure that our methods of development are both specific and relevant.
Since 2018, we have invested more than £214,000 and 3,840 hours into employment and training. 100% of our employees have a permanent address in the North West of England and over 92% of our employees have been with us for more than 2 years.
Our employees have access to:
- Flexible hours.
- The right to join a union.
Building a diverse workforce and engaging with underrepresented groups
As an Equal Opportunities employer, we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
We support underrepresented groups on a consistent basis through the following five methods:
Developing our apprentices and providing innovative work experience
Like our full time and part time employees, all of our apprentices are made to feel welcome, valued and included.
We provide our apprentices with continuity of work and excellent training and support. Over the past 24 months, we have trained nine apprentices with hands on and practical work experience as part of their NVQ Level 3.
We also provide young people with a wide range of comprehensive support such as CV writing sessions and work placements. Our work placements allow young people to solve problems creatively, gain new skills and explore our business and the civil engineering sector.
Creating a local supply chain
We support local businesses and prioritise the use of local subcontractors and suppliers.
Our comprehensive approach to supply chain management includes:
- Treating our suppliers fairly and using our purchasing power to make sustainable procurement decisions.
- Being a signatory of the Prompt Payment Code and paying our suppliers promptly.
- Assessing the corporate responsibility performance of the suppliers we engage with.
- Ensuring all products and services have positive social and environmental impacts.
Supporting local charities and providing community focused initiatives
We identify, plan and engage with stakeholders to implement initiatives and community focused events.
We work hard to ensure that local residents are familiar with what we do and that our successes are shared within our local communities.
We have donated the equivalent of £25,000 into residential engagement over the past 24 months. Over the past 12 months, we have also provided a contingency fund worth over £25,000 for our employees and subcontractors to support them throughout the current pandemic.
Our recent initiatives and donations
£6,600 raised for the Christie Care Hospital in Manchester
We have recently sponsored a show at St. Bede’s College which was organised by the multi-award winning ‘Young, Gifted and Green’ Irish music, song and dance show. As a result, we were able to raise £6,600 for the Christie Care Hospital who provide vital support for cancer patients living in Manchester.
£10,000 worth of support for the ‘British Heart Foundation’
We were saddened to discover that Manchester has the highest premature death rate for heart related diseases in the UK.
Therefore, we decided to donate £10,000 to ‘The British Heart Foundation’ in Manchester who research cures and treatments for heart and circulatory diseases.
£10,000 worth of support for the ‘Timperly Boneshakers’
We have recently donated £10,000 to the ‘Timperly Boneshakers’ and participated in their annual ‘Santa cycle ride’, cycling over 200 miles to raise money for the ‘Children’s Adventure Farm Trust’.
The Timperly Boneshakers raise money for a wide range of charities in the local area and we decided to get involved and support disadvantaged children living in Manchester.
Please follow the links below to view our social value strategy, social value aspirations, and the social value outcomes which we have been able to achieve so far in 2021: