Esh Construction, which has offices in Leeds, has been hailed a responsible business champion after clinching an accolade at the national Responsible Business Awards – run by the Prince of Wales’s charity Business in the Community.
Held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the awards acknowledged the company for building partnerships with schools.
Esh received The School Partnerships Award for its ‘Building my Skills’ initiative which brought together 65 businesses and 49 schools across 23 local authorities in the north of England to provide a dynamic career advice programme in which almost 7,000 young people benefited from mock interviews, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.
Prime Minister David Cameron commended winners via video message saying: “On behalf of the whole country, I want to say thank you to all of you, for what you are doing to show that responsible business is good business and something we should all be very proud of.”
The event – a culmination of a series of regional awards run by Business in the Community across the country, recognises innovative ways that businesses are addressing social and environmental issues and transforming communities.
Brian Manning, CEO, Esh Group, said: “Businesses must work together to open student’s eyes to opportunity, charge them up and excite them about the world of work. If we do, we can greatly increase a young person’s ability to gain better qualifications, aspire to be in employment, and enter the job market.”
Over 1,200 senior guests, from SME owners to the CEOs of global brands attended the Responsible Business Gala which was sponsored by 2014 Responsible Business of the Year National Grid. The event, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and was hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman with entertainment by comedian Adam Hill.
Liz Needleman, Business in the Community’s England East area director, said: “It’s tremendous to see Esh Construction acknowledged on a national level for the great work they are doing within schools and communities. Inspiring initiatives such as those created by Esh – provide a leading example for fellow UK businesses to make a difference.”