The sustainability, performance and community investment of staff at Willmott Dixon’s branch in Rotherham has helped the company to achieve the UK’s most prestigious commercial accolade.
Willmott Dixon’s Rotherham team celebrated being one of just 13 companies to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the sustainable development category.
The company does repair and maintenance on 12,000 homes for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
One area the judges highlighted was how it invests ‘£1 million annually for improving skills and social fabric in local communities’.
Examples include a £5,000 donation towards the cost of a World War Two memorial in Clifton Park and refurbishing the Special Care Baby Unit’s family suite at Rotherham Hospital. It was also the first construction company to achieve carbon neutrality and attain the Carbon Trust Standard. It also invested more than £1m in the 4Life Academy in Birmingham to train over 4,000 people a year, created a standardised system for building which is cutting the cost of new school buildings by 30 per cent and shared knowledge through leadership and participation in industry groups. It has also cut waste set to landfill to five per cent in 2012.