Supporting our clients and their communities to rebalance prosperity and support Covid-19 recovery through our long-term socioeconomic strategy – 'Constructing Local'

Constructing Local

Esh Group and its main trading division Esh Construction are committed to unlocking social and economic value through responsible procurement.

We are proud to be recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for our outstanding commitment to delivering social and economic value in the areas we work having been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity & Social Mobility. Esh Group is the only construction business headquartered in the North of England to hold this award.

Combining 10-years’ experience in self delivering award winning programmes, supply chain collaboration and our ‘whole business’ approach to community wealth building, we deliver measurable benefits for our clients and their communities.

We utilise the latest emerging technologies to plan, monitor, report and evaluate our social and economic value activity.

Together with our clients we build resilient and vibrant communities. Every scheme allows us to ‘Construct Local’ by creating jobs for local people, provide skills development opportunities, enhance employability skills and stimulate economic activity by buying from local supply chains.

Delivering Local

Our ultimate goal is to positively impact the communities in which we work and improve the whole life cost result of our construction schemes for our clients.

Early consideration at tender stage of what Social and Economic Value means to the local area, the locality and the region is a critical when defining our scheme commitments and successfully delivering outcomes which are truly relevant and beneficial.

We believe that using our construction schemes to support the local area has a positive outcome for our own business, the wider construction industry, our clients, the local authority, local businesses and the wider community.

We clearly categorise our commitments as follows:


Within the Local Authority area postcode


Within the Local Authority and surrounding Local Authorities


Within the region

Out of Scope

Any other location


We manage social and economic ‘deliverables’ on a scheme basis, from tender stage through to the production of an E-Report on completion. Key stages of our management system are summarised below:

Tender Stage

Our Constructing Local team prepare a location specific tender response

Scheme Secured

Hold internal handover meeting to confirm commitments and site team involvement


We conduct a ‘check in’ meeting with our client

During Scheme

All evidence, planned actions and communications are recorded in our scheme narrative

On Completion

E-Report is compiled including evidence, headline statistics and photography


Selected E-Reports are showcased publicly on our Constructing Local site


Evidence from previous schemes is used to support competency statement is new tenders