Gilbert-Ash shows that construction is #notjustforboys - Business In The Community

Gilbert-Ash shows that construction is #notjustforboys

Gilbert-Ash is an award-winning UK construction and fit-out contractor with offices throughout the UK including Belfast and London. Employing 170 people, Gilbert-Ash has a turnover of £110 million.

Gilbert-Ash works across a number of key sectors including retail, office, industrial, healthcare, arts and culture and science and technology. The contractor spearheaded a ‘Landmark Landscapes’ initiative that develops projects of an iconic nature that are of historical relevance.

What Gilbert-Ash did
Gilbert-Ash is committed to conducting its business in a responsible and sustainable manner and has formalised this commitment in its three year business strategy. The company has identified four core themes under which it has structured its approach to corporate responsibility: ethical business; employees and workforce; relationships and social value; and health, safety and environment.

The company has set key performance targets for itself under each of the key themes identified and has worked to achieve these through a range of different initiatives. The community impact element forms part of its relationships and social value theme under its sustainability strategy. The construction firm proactively engages voluntary and third sector partners, provides apprenticeship and placement opportunities, attends local community events and dedicates employee time to positively impacting the communities in which it operates.

Gilbert-Ash is fully aware of the need to diversify and promote the construction industry to females as a career opportunity. Working in partnership with Women’s Tec, the firm linked with the national #notjustforboys campaign in 2015 which aimed to help educate the public about career opportunities for women within the industry.

The outcomes and impacts

  • ‘Construction, It’s Not Just for Boys’ campaign received 6,400 views on LinkedIn
  • 68 employees actively take part in community engagement initiatives
  • 329 of employee time invested in local activities
  • 75% of suppliers were locally based
  • Attended eight community events and five careers events last year
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