Billington’s stakeholders are an integral part of the business, they consist of: customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, advisors and the local communities within which the Group operates.
Employee engagement, development and satisfaction is key to building a successful business. Billington invests in the development of its staff, adopting a number of policies aimed at recruiting and rewarding employees, including operating effective training and award-winning apprenticeship schemes.
Billington keeps an open line of communication with employees, including through regular briefings and the production of company literature including a bi-annual newsletter. Board members frequently attend management briefings with Group companies to ensure active engagement at all levels.
The Company implements an Employee Share Option Plan to allow employees to share in the future and continued success of the Group.
These policies help to foster employee communication and development, and help to deliver long-term Company growth.
Billington is an equal opportunity employer, it adheres to the Equality Act 2010, and believes that all individuals should be treated fairly and equally. The Group strives to create a supportive and welcoming environment where diversity is valued and employees have the ability to progress and prosper without prejudice or discrimination.
The Group is committed to the highest standards of openness, honesty and accountability, and has a strong whistleblowing policy in place that allows all employees to confidently raise any concerns they have internally, without fear of reprisal. The Audit and Risk Committee continues to review these procedures and their effectiveness in order to positively enhance the working environment.
Health and Safety
Health and safety issues are monitored and reviewed on a monthly basis by senior management and the Board.
The Group has a fully integrated management system for the internal and external control of health and safety which is managed by the Group Health & Safety Manager. This includes the use of risk management systems for the identification, mitigation and reporting of health and safety management information.
Billington’s onsite teams have received numerous awards and recognition for their dedication to health and safety practices and the Company aims to continue this success.
The Company is actively involved in supporting local and national charities, and has established the Billington Holdings Charity Foundation through which it directs all charitable donations. It hosts charitable events for employees and donates funds to its local communities, sports teams and other worthwhile causes.
Billington recognises the importance of training and development in maintaining and growing the success of the business, especially considering the skills shortage within the industry.
The Group has a long history of providing apprenticeship programmes throughout the business, and these form a key element of the overall recruitment and development strategy for Billington. As part of this strategy, the Company was instrumental in developing the BSCA CRAFT Certificate that covers training for a range of steelwork operations. The Company was recognised for its Apprenticeship/ Training Scheme at the 2018 Made in Yorkshire awards.
The Group also supports local colleges and universities, providing young people with knowledge of, and giving them an insight into, the industry. Additionally, the Company provides various training opportunities to existing employees, enabling them to grow, develop and reach their full potential.
Modern slavery is a growing concern in the UK and, therefore, Billington considers its responsibilities regarding this with the upmost importance. It complies with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and recognises its duties in relation to the Company’s employees and supply chain. The Group implements a number of processes and procedures within the business and reviews these practices on an ongoing basis.