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Employer of the Year

The five finalists for Employer of the Year recognise the importance of retaining and developing staff in a competitive construction market.

Clugston Open Doors at Humber UTC Employer CN Awards 2016

Clugston Open Doors at Humber UTC Employer CN Awards 2016

Clugston Construction

Clugston focused on its strategic plan, ‘Moving Forward Together’, in 2015, outlining the company’s purpose and values and getting buy-in from staff. The firm expanded its training programme, increasing the number of training days by 53 per cent to 2,715 (up from 1,778 in 2014) and investing £250,000.

It also commenced a Future Leaders course to begin succession planning. Forty-three per cent of staff at the company have been promoted internally, including 50 per cent of the senior management team. Staff turnover was below 15 per cent with a strong record of long service – 34 per cent of employees have been with Clugston for more than 10 years.

Elliott Thomas Employer CN Awards 2016

Elliott Thomas Employer CN Awards 2016

Elliott Thomas Group

Elliott Thomas Group’s focus on its staff has seen it continue to offer an impressive range of benefits and personal development opportunities. The company’s head office is situated in an old mill building at the end of a country lane, providing a unique environment for staff to work in.

And the Elliott Thomas Foundation has enabled CEO John Self to find a way to unite his employees under a common goal, running numerous fundraising events to give back to worthy causes.

McDermotts Employer CN Awards 2016

McDermotts Employer CN Awards 2016


Midlands-based civil engineering and groundworks contractor McDermotts celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2015.

The firm has invested more than £300,000 in training and development beyond pure health and safety compliance, including talent management programmes and thought-out succession planning.

It launched an Apprenticeship Academy for groundworkers and bricklayers and employed 17 new staff from the local region.

Paragon Employer CN Awards 2016

Paragon Employer CN Awards 2016

Paragon Interiors Group

Last year was Paragon Interiors’ fifth of consecutive growth, with 43 new employees joining the company in the year prior to its 30th anniversary.

In early 2016 it made the Sunday Times list of 100 Best Small Companies to Work For and has a staff retention rate of 97 per cent.

The firm is committed to recognising long service and high performance, continually developing new reward schemes.

Tamdown Group Employer CN Awards 2016

Tamdown Group Employer CN Awards 2016

Tamdown Group

Tamdown Group has ambitious plans to double its turnover in the next three years and recognises the importance of its people in achieving that goal.

In 2015 it introduced a dedicated work stream tasked with closing the gap between office-based and site-based employee rewards and benefits, as well as running numerous training schemes and employee engagement initiatives.

It also launched a Future Talent programme, targeting A-level students to begin a career in quantity surveying, and launched Fit 4 Growth, a change management programme across the whole business designed to prepare the company to hit its growth targets.

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