Our six-monthly staff meeting last week summed up a good 2016, and a very positive outlook for 2017.
Sean Fitzpatrick, executive chairman
Sean welcomed 15 members of staff who have joined us since our last meeting. All except one of them have joined us in newly created posts, which gives one clear indication of the way VGC is growing.
Our turnover this year was £69.4 million – which is a considerable increase on last year. Sean thanked the 107 people involved in office administration and the around 1,250 people on site. “Thank you all for winning contracts to help VGC grow, and for delivering them in a very professional way.”
Laurence Mckidd, managing director
Laurence congratulated those people who’ve had promotions and Bobby, Donatas, Sam, Richard and Chantal, who have gained professional qualifications.
He discussed the ambitious plans for 2017 and our corporate objectives, which will be cascaded to teams in more depth in January. “The success of the last 5 years is thanks to our people, to investment, and to our focus on outperformance and continuous improvement. The government’s investment in infrastructure for the next 10 to 15 years means we are in the best possible industry, and we can look forward to the future with confidence. We will continue to develop our people, maintain our high standards, and work to keep everyone safe. There will be challenges ahead, of course, but we know we’ll succeed.”
Ciara Pryce, group services director
Ciara mentioned some of our recent company awards:
- the Crossrail sustainability award
- the BBMV quarterly safety award for Crossrail Whitechapel
- the Transport for London Beacon award for Farringdon SER
- two Network Rail star awards for Crossrail Anglia.
We have also been shortlisted for awards including the ‘Best Place to Work’ Construction News award and the UKRIA 2017 corporate social responsibility award, while the Supply Chain Sustainability School, of which we are a gold level partner, won the Best Practice in Procurement category in the British Construction awards.
Richard Wheeler delivered ‘Be Safe by Choice’ training to another 16 key influencers; all the key influencers were thanked for their role as workforce safety champions.
A number of our people have received client awards for their good work: congratulations to Janis Ernestovskis, Maria Spiridon, Carmen Masdrag, Steven McNeill and Alex Soare. Members of the public thanked Josh Cormack, Lee Pierce, Shane Jupp Paul Gregory and Paul Axon for helping them out.
After our charity week raised nearly £1,720, the total raised by our fundraising efforts for charity Bloodwise is over £12,700. This is well over our target of £10,500. We’re pleased to announce that the charity VGC will be supporting in 2017 will be the Samaritans. Samaritans volunteers are available 24 hours a day in UK and Ireland face-to-face, by email, SMS and by telephone (free) on 116 123.
In the last six months VGC has celebrated two weddings, a 30-year wedding anniversary, and welcomed three more babies. We were sorry to report the death of Jim Townsend, who worked as our head office caretaker for many years.
Sean then handed out long service awards to Joanne O’Hara, Shanelle Wells and Alex Dalton (five years) and Sudarshan Deshmukh (10 years), before wishing everyone a happy Christmas and thanking those who will work over the holidays.