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Employer of the Year

The industry’s best places to work range from engineers and family contractors to maintenance contractors and fit-out specialists.


Geotechnical and geoenvironmental consultancy CGL has put a strong emphasis on staff management, training and development, including developing a new HR dashboard to track company wellbeing at operational and board level.

The company’s turnover grew 20 per cent year on year in 2014, with profit up 72 per cent and staff levels increasing 28 per cent.

A total of 48 per cent of its staff are female and it has never sustained a RIDDOR or equivalent accident.

Elliott Wood

Elliott Wood took on 12 graduates in 2014, a significant number for a company of its size.

The firm focuses on upskilling its staff and making all three of its offices enjoyable places to work, and has introduced its own Graduate School and Best Practice Academy.

Its twice-yearly bonus scheme complements other staff benefits including private healthcare, an exercise and sports allowance, free fruit each day and regular team events.

Lagan Construction Group

Lagan Construction Group has invested in a new LTalent Programme, a new leadership development initiative for its employees.

It also runs a tailored graduate programme to provide ICE and ICES-approved training for civil engineers and quantity surveyors.

The firm particularly focused on health and wellbeing in 2014, organising regular health screenings and offering both cycle-to-work and gym membership schemes.

Novus Property Solutions

In 2014, Novus Property Solutions retained 10 apprentices in full-time positions, its commitment to in-house training reflected in the fact that two if its managing directors started at the company as apprentices.

In the past year, 90 per cent of the company’s employees have completed core training, with 100 per cent receiving an annual training and development review, as well as healthy, safety and welfare training.

CSR is also important to the firm, with a team of employees travelling to South Africa to transform educational facilities.

Paragon Interiors Group

Paragon Interiors Group achieved growth last year, securing long-term partnerships with a number of major clients (including O2, Rolls Royce, Marks & Spencer and Jaguar Land Rover) and carving out a niche in the education sector with projects for Loughborough University and others.

The firm invested £500,000 in revamping its own office space to create a better environment for collaborative working, with staff retention levels at 97 per cent.

Its health and safety record was also exemplary, with no accidents in 2014.

Simons Group

In 2014, Simons Group carried out an external employee effectiveness survey, with results showing the company to be above the national average.

Among other results, the employee engagement index stood at 72 per cent – 7 per cent higher than the average, with 100 per cent of year one employees saying they were proud to work for Simons.

Nearly 30 per cent of the company’s employees are female, compared with a national average of 11 per cent, while the firm is also supporting seven apprentices.

Tamdown Group

Engineering services company Tamdown Group launched its business degree programme in 2014, a bespoke degree in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.

The three-year business management programme saw 12 employees join last year and is fully funded by Tamworth, enabling students to combine study with work.

In addition, the firm offers a 12-month graduate scheme; its Future Talent Programme, which will offer a fully funded degree in quantity surveying for school-leavers; and a site bursary to enable site-based employees to further their skills with a part-time HNC in civil engineering.

VGC Group

VGC Group expanded its customer base and increased business significantly in 2014, providing more staff to projects across multiple sectors.

The firm showed strong commitment to both training and health and safety, supporting staff to attend 2,767 job-specific training courses, while also providing free, confidential medical checks at sites across the UK and reducing accidents by 35 per cent.

VGC teams have won numerous safety and quality awards on Crossrail, the M1 junction 19 project and Heathrow Airport.

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