Industry-Leading Social Value

Esh Group has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for its outstanding commitment to Social Responsibility. We are one of the first construction companies in the UK to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity and Social Mobility.

Introducing STEM careers

Esh Group has delivered its award-winning ‘Get into STEM’ programme to over 10,000 primary school students.

Enhancing Careers guidance

Through ‘Building My Skills’, we engage with schools in our operational areas to help enhance careers provision, improve employability skills and prepare students for life after education.

Providing experiences

Esh Group provides over 500 days of work experience each year, helping candidates to gain knowledge of the construction industry. All placements are advertised on our website. Visit our opportunities page to find out more.

Opening doors

Esh Group opens the doors to its sites and offices to over 600 visitors each year. Together with our site teams, we ensure visits are safe, interactive and insightful.

Developing Apprentices

Apprentices are an important the Esh Group culture - many of our senior management team began their careers as apprentices. We currently employ over 90 apprentices, equating to 10% of our workforce, and are proud members of the ‘5% club’.

Procuring local

Esh Group is committed to supporting local economies by supporting SMEs, buying local, employing local subcontractors and benchmarking payment performance.


Secondary school students engaged via ‘Building My Skills’ (2018/19)


Learner hours delivered by Esh Group staff and business partners (2018/19)


Granted to good causes near our sites


Staff volunteering hours donated per year


Students engaged via the ‘Stay Safe’ safety campaign


Of Esh Group’s workforce are apprentices


Days of work experience organised on our sites (2018)


Different work experience roles available


SMEs proactively contracted each year

Educating Local

Inspiring our future workforce, changing perceptions and improving employability skills

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Engaging Local

Supporting communities through volunteering and grant making

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Employing Local

Creating employment opportunities and providing workplace insights

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Buying Local

Procuring local, employing a local supply chain and supporting SMEs

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We are passionate about our communities and committed to delivering high-quality, meaningful engagement which makes a real difference to people across our operational areas. We work collaboratively with our clients, project teams, colleagues and likeminded businesses from a range of sectors to deliver a range of award-winning programmes.

We are proud to be one of only two contractors nationally, and the only North East-based contractor, to have been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for our outstanding commitment to Social Responsibility, having been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity and Social Mobility in September 2018.

We have a dedicated Social Value Team, who implement our strategy; the ‘Four E’s’ through a well-structured suite of programmes and initiatives. Working with our business development, bid writing and management team, we make tailored Social Value offers to our clients as part of the procurement process, ensuring our resources are used to make a real difference to those near our construction projects.

“As a contractor, Social Value is paramount — those who use the buildings, houses and infrastructure we construct are as important as the schemes themselves. We are committed to ‘constructing, local’ by supporting our clients in their communities.”

Andy Radcliffe, Chief Executive Officer, Esh Group

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