North East construction firm Esh Group is celebrating after being shortlisted for the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards programme, championing responsible business in the UK and abroad.

27th April 2017

Now in their 20th year, the Awards celebrate the most inspiring businesses that are making a difference by taking action to build more inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and tackle our biggest environmental challenges.

Today’s announcement coincides with Responsible Business Week (24-28 April), an annual initiative aimed at increasing awareness of the positive contribution of businesses to society.

Esh Group has been shortlisted for the UBS Award for Education for its Get Into STEM programme and is seeking reaccreditation for its successful Building My Skills initiative, for the third year.

Get Into STEM provides primary school teachers with learning kits that help introduce children to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes through the lense of construction.

Meanwhile the year-long Building My Skills scheme sees business guests from different sector backgrounds deliver insight sessions to schoolchildren who also complete an employability portfolio.

Commenting, Darush Dodds, head of Corporate Responsibiliy and Added Value at Esh Group, said: “Building My Skills is about opening the doors to the workplace for young people, raising their aspirations and making sure they have the right approach to secure that all important first job.

“Get Into STEM is just one of Esh Group’s responses to a skills shortage across the engineering and construction sectors, and aims to positively shape career aspirations.”

The winners of all ten categories, including the Responsible Business of the Year will be announced at the Responsible Business Gala Dinner at the Royal Albert Hall on 4 July, in front of 1,200 business leaders.

We want all businesses to be a force for good in the community, and being shortlisted means that Esh Group can inspire many more companies to be part of the responsible business movement, so that together we can work for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

- Chief Executive of Business in the Community, Amanda Mackenzie

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