National award-winning, building maintenance and roofing specialist, Hodgson Sayers has put its support behind the construction sector’s rallying call to unite behind the OneVoice campaign.
It is embracing the key values of the OneVoice action plan – people, value and climate – including an ambition to make North East England a beacon of best practice.
The campaign has been developed by the Construction Industry Council North East (CIC), Constructing Excellence in the North East (CENE), Construction Alliance North East (CAN) and Generation for Change (G4C) who form its steering group.
OneVoice is also very much aligned to Hodgson Sayers’ core values of honesty, decency and integrity with staff wellbeing and personal development being at the core of all activity. This is evidenced through its apprenticeship scheme where, upon completion of training, all apprentices are guaranteed employment at the company. Career progression is encouraged and, over the years, many of its apprentices have been acclaimed as operating at an elite level, Jordan Condren, being one of them.
Jordan was crowned Generation for Change (G4C) Trade Apprentice of the Year (2020) and won gold at the 2019 national Skillbuild roofing competition.
The company’s commitment to improving the lifestyle of its workforce was further demonstrated when it became the first construction company in the North East and only the second, nationally, to become Living Wage accredited. It also adopted the Newcastle Journal’s Pay Fair campaign, calling for firms to treat their supply chain responsibly when it comes to payment. With all of this commitment, it is no surprise that it is backing the OneVoice campaign.
John Sayers, managing director at Hodgson Sayers, said: “The OneVoice campaign chimes perfectly with our core values. People development and their wellbeing has driven our culture, its importance was never more tested than during the pandemic and the response of all our team during this most traumatic period in our history was truly inspiring. As an SME, we know the importance of getting paid in a timely fashion and, as such, saw it as our responsibility to support the fair pay campaign and to send a signal that we not only call on our customers to pay us on time but that we make the same promise to our suppliers.
“Like all firms, we are addressing our own needs and putting the appropriate practices in place to support the race towards carbon neutrality. Sharing best practice in this critical area is something we are very keen to do.”