As a private, fifth generation family business, we believe our social responsibility policy and programme plays a vital role in the success of our company. Proud of over 100 years heritage, commercial success and the welfare of the 680 colleagues who make up the group business today, our family values run deep.

Our aim is to create a workplace in which there is mutual trust and respect and where everyone has a sense of responsibility for the performance and reputation of our company. We believe good two way communication with our colleagues is integral to our business success and to job satisfaction alike. A business where we benchmark key suppliers and customers are appropriately and professionally managed and connected with us.

Our Stepping Stones programme was launched in January 2016 to provide an opportunity for us to offer those who are not able to work, through no fault of their own, the chance to get back into work and continue with their professional development. Each year we are offering two enthusiastic individuals a six month paid placement to work within our company as a stepping stone. Nominations are only from our own staff and the programme is already up and running with two new members having joined the company and who are already making their mark.  We mentor and support them to ensure they gain in confidence and that all important experience of working within a business environment. 

Our participation reflects our colleagues social responsibility opinions and aspirations and the communities we serve in a number of different ways including expertise and employee time given free of charge and covered by the business; as well as through financial support and donations for charitable causes which we all believe meet and match our values. Each year specifics are agreed in the areas of social events, community and charitable giving. 

This year we have already been involved in the recent Shropshire based DIY SOS Big Build Programme which was filmed in Shropshire in February with us providing site machinery equipment and the time and skills of our Property team. 

We pledge to constantly improve the management of our environmental impact. We work with our partners to promote environmental care and increase our understanding of environmental issues pertinent to our business. Each of our operations has developed effective environmental management systems which comply with all applicable environmental law and regulations and are relevant to their business fields.