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Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover over £25m): Winner

Winner: NG Bailey

The judges were taken aback with the strength of this category, commenting that nearly all of the shortlisted companies would have been worthy winners.

In the end it was NG Bailey that just came out on top for its excellence in every department.

The company drew praise for undergoing an impressive transformation in the way it does business. It has changed the type of projects it tackles, taking on less risk and operating across a broader range of sectors, with this new more sustainable structure being commended by the panel.

This strategic shift paid dividends in 2017 as profit doubled from £6m to £12m at the business. 

NG Bailey presented clear case studies of how apprentices and long-serving members of staff were integral to its business. With an average length of service of eight years and several employees having clocked up more than three decades at the business, the firm clearly invests in creating a rewarding and enriching environment for staff.

NG Bailey’s presentation featured an apprentice who had risen to a management role and spoke eloquently about how she had developed in the firm. The panel applauded this example of the value placed on apprentices.

“NG Bailey came out on top of this incredibly strong field for its excellence across every single criteria point”

Judges’ comment

NG Bailey has completed an exceptional range of projects over the past year. It showed a wide variety of skills, from the seamless installation of a rail control room at London Bridge station, through to its complex work on the Belfast Waterfront music venue. The subcontractor proved to the judges how it was able to tackle complicated engineering tasks with speed and precision.

The panel described NG Bailey’s dedication to innovation as “very impressive”, citing the development of its free web-based system and software plug-in BIMHawk as a refreshing way of boosting productivity.

In terms of health and safety, the company enables employees to take responsibility for best practice through its Safety First & Foremost initiative. This has seen staff become more proactive in creating a safer working environment and improving standards in this area.

Judges remarked that NG Bailey genuinely cares about staff wellbeing and applauded the various efforts it had made to ensure employees were listened to – singling out its GLOBE initiative (Governance, Leadership, Ownership, Behavioural and Environmental) for particular praise.

The firm shows a similarly proactive and intelligent approach to the issue of diversity, which was reflected in the award of an Investors in Diversity status.

All these outstanding efforts and achievements make NG Bailey an exceptional specialist and a deserving winner.


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  • Severfield

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