Shared Agenda recognised with highest honour for British businesses

Shared Agenda has been recognised as one of only 18 businesses across the country in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity as part of Yorkshire based Sewell Group.  This is the most prestigious accolade for UK businesses.

The award celebrates the businesses contribution to the region through its many initiatives to employ local people and invest in developing talent, as well as giving back to communities and supporting the regional economy, through commissioning the local supply chain.

At the heart of the business’ vision and strategy is delivering value for the communities it serves, creating opportunities for people to be involved in projects, supporting communities, charity groups and pioneering initiatives to support people who need it.

Over the last two decades, this has included initiatives such as;

  • Adopting a “look local first” approach to its supply chain across projects resulting in, on average, 80% local labour to benefit the local economy
  • The Sewell Skills Academy, which provided employability skills alongside a taster of the construction industry for over 1,400 young people, including those not in education, employment or training (NEETs) – this has since developed into the Tommy Coyle Academy providing a free gym facility for over 1000 young people in East Hull
  • Humber-based charity CatZero – which has been supporting young people and families from across the region since 2009 – with news of a new partnership project coming soon
  • Abilities in Facilities – in partnership with Mencap, offering paid employment and training for over 30 individuals with learning disabilities
  • Over £30,000 donated to local charity and community groups every year through our 13 Sewell on the go retail stores, with long term partnerships with organisations including Hull 4 Heroes, the Coyle Foundation, Fit Mums, Dove House and Hull Animal Welfare Trust. Many of our senior team also sit on charity boards

The multi-disciplined group of companies, which has spent over 10 years in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For, two of which were in the top 10, invests a six-figure sum in staff training and development every year to grow its own talent, with many of its senior leadership team having started out as trainees and worked their way to the top of the company.

Dr Paul Sewell OBE, Chair of Sewell Group, said: “Our vision has always been to be a successful company that endeavours to make a difference to the areas in which we work – to become a great company to deal with, we have great people working with us.

“By investing in the development and training of our people, and taking on trainees, apprentices and graduates, we’ve created an extremely talented workforce. We employ ethical people who want to make a difference to local communities and we invest our time and effort into projects that are going to make a difference to local people.

“To receive this award from Her Majesty the Queen is a huge honour and I’m incredibly proud of our teams. Promoting opportunity is exactly what we’re about and what we do as a company; we’re successful because we provide opportunities, both within the company and the community.”

Mr James Dick, OBE, The Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, adds his congratulations: “Sewell Group is a company I have worked with on many initiatives over the years. It is a company that has always championed its people; from becoming the first in the area to gain Investors in People status in the 90s and then going on to appear in the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 Best places to work list, this latest accolade comes as no surprise.

“The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the highest honour for British businesses and I am delighted that the Sewell Group have been recognised for being a force for good.”

Sewell Group, which has its headquarters in Hull as well as offices in Elland, York and Willerby, employs 460 staff and is made up of Sewell Estates, encompassing Sewell Construction, Sewell Facilities Management, Illingworth and Gregor and Shared Agenda, and the retail side of the business, Sewell on the go.

205 organisations nationally have been recognised with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise across four categories – with Sewell Group amongst only 18 for promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Now in its 55th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country, with winning businesses able to use the esteemed Queen’s Awards emblem for the next five years.

Applications for Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022 open on the 1st May 2021.

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