0800 612 9890


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

A Livingston-based construction specialist has been shortlisted in the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the prestigious Scottish Business Awards.

Judges announced this week that Esh Border Construction had been singled out for the Johnson and Johnson CSR Award - and the overall winner will be announced on November 17 at the EICC in Edinburgh where Leonardo DiCaprio will be keynote speaker.

The company was recognised for embracing its responsibility to the environment, the communities in which it works, its employees, and other stakeholders in the public sphere, as well as the positive impact that it has had on wider society.

The Business Awards panel were particularly impressed by Esh Border Construction’s ongoing commitment to delivering its award-winning Building My Skills employability programme in Scottish schools.

The initiative, which brings together school pupils and prospective employers, launched with seven business partners in six schools last year.

This academic year, Esh Border Construction has expanded the programme to encompass 12 businesses and 11 schools across the country.

The company has been shortlisted in the CSR category along with seven others, including ScottishPower, Arnold Clark and Highland Spring Group.

The nomination follows the company’s recent recognition by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for its work on the Castle Maclellan Foods factory in Kirkcudbright, which is now going forward for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award.

Simon Phillips, Regional Managing Director of Esh Border Construction, said:

“The Scottish Business Awards represent an opportunity to share your most noteworthy work with the leading lights of the country’s business community, and it’s very gratifying for us to have our activities recognised in our first year of entry, particularly in the CSR category.

“We are a relatively new presence in Scotland, so believe that to be shortlisted at this early stage is testament to how far we’ve come in a short space of time.

“We are delighted to be nominated first and foremost, but also to be singled out for our Building My Skills programme which will now deliver 8,670 hours of education to more than 1,600 pupils, equipping school leavers with the employability skills they need to develop successful careers.

“Of course, we could not deliver this initiative without the strong support of our education and business partners, so the Business Awards nomination is shared with all of them. Our thanks go to Beattie, the Creative Communications Group, Peace Recruitment, Brodies LLP, Peter Brett Associates, The Army and PWC for their continued support and also to our new partners for becoming part of the extended programme this year. .

“Our added value programmes have always represented a major cornerstone of the business, and we are continuously looking at ways to make them bigger and better for all concerned.”  

Darush Dodds, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Esh, said:

“After doubling the student uptake of our Building My Skills programme for this academic year, our nomination for a Scottish Business Award represents the icing on the cake.

“It vindicates the approach of ourselves and our much-valued partners, and will hopefully provide the impetus for even further expansion in the coming years.”

The Building My Skills initiative supports wider agendas of developing Scotland’s workforce by continuing to combat youth unemployment and boost long-term plans to address industry skills shortages.





Notes to Editors

  1. Esh Construction delivers an extensive range of services including Property and Facilities Management, Civil Engineering, and Property Refurbishment and Build for the affordable housing sector and wider public and private sectors.
  2. In the year to the end of December 2015, Esh Group delivered a turnover of £275m and profit before tax of £8.6m.
  3. Esh Group provides construction and construction-related services to both public and clients. It directly employs over 1,200 people with substantial operations in an area from Central Scotland to Northern England from local offices in Central Scotland, Scottish Borders, Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham and Yorkshire. Services delivered include brownfield remediation, civil engineering, design and build, refurbishment, fencing, landscaping, plumbing, facilities services, social housing, private housing and commercial development.
  4. ESH Construction consists of:

Esh Border Construction                      construction services in Scotland, Cumbria, North West England

Esh Property Services                           social housing new build and regeneration

Esh Facilities                                         comprehensive buildings maintenance services

Lumsden & Carroll Civil Engineering   ground works and civil engineering

Esh Build                                              commercial new build


DEVELOPMENT BUSINESSES: Esh Developments, Dunelm Homes, Esh Acorn Homes



Bartram Walker                                    mechanical + plumbing installation + maintenance

Remedios                                             innovative diagnosis brownfield remediation services

Deerness Fencing + Landscaping        landscaping, fencing manufacture + installation

Green Energies                                    energy saving, heat + power

Esh Training Solutions                           employment + construction related skills training

Mechplant                                           operated + non-operated plant hire

Stephen Easten Specialist Building      historic buildings restoration


ESH CHARITABLE TRUST                         support for communities, education and young people funded through Esh Group resources



Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Esh Border Construction