Queens Award for Enterprise

We are proud to anounce we were successful in winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of our outstanding Social and Environmental Achievements

The awards, which are seen as the most prestigious prizes available to UK businesses, come as the Queen prepares to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee.

We are strongly committed to the development of sustainable housing, and the company formed a unique partnership with Glasgow Housing Association to build four prototype affordable houses – the first of their kind in Scotland. The Glasgow House initiative applies high levels of insulation, solar thermal panels and the use of solar gain to reduce energy consumption by 75 per cent to help tackle fuel poverty.

City Building works in partnership with leading organisations, including the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). Lesley Sawers, Chief Executive of SCDI, commented: “This award is well-earned and a great recognition of the outstanding efforts of City Building as a leader in sustainability, environmental responsibility and community development.

“SCDI congratulates the management, staff and many apprentices of City Building for their hard work, dedication and teamwork in achieving this high-profile award and making the vision of a responsible and sustainable organisation a reality.”

The company was awarded a VIBES Award in recognition of the successful reduction of its own carbon footprint in 2011 and is also a former winner of the Large Green Company of the Year in Scotland.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are made annually by Her Majesty The Queen. They are made on the advice of the Prime Minister after all applications have been considered by an advisory committee of leading experts.

Managing Director, John Foley, said: “These awards are the pinnacle of achievement for any UK business. It is extra special to be honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the year of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and everyone at City Building can be very proud of their contribution towards achieving this accolade.

“As one of Scotland’s largest construction firms we have always placed great emphasis on our unique social ethos, which is vital to our success. City Building engages directly with the community to ensure all our work leaves a lasting legacy for local residents. We deliver green solutions to customers, and we have cut our own carbon footprint by more than a quarter since 2007.”

City Building will also receive an invitation from the Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace and has the right to use the award for promotional purposes for a five year period. The company will be presented with the award by one of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants on behalf of the Queen later this year.

Winner of Scottish Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

We have triumphed in the prestigious corporate social responsibility award category at The Scottish Business Awards 2012.

The Awards, which were held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 23 February, celebrate Scotland’s 90 most successful, growing and dynamic businesses.

We won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the ceremony, for its sustainable practices and positive impact on the community. It was one of only three Glasgow companies to win a gong.

Managing Director John Foley, said: “This is great recognition for generating real economic and sustainable benefits in our local communities and beyond, as well as our dedication to training hundreds of apprentices each year.”

“City Building trains over 500 apprentices, more than any other company in Scotland. We have created a highly-skilled workforce which contributes significantly to the economic stability and development of Scotland and we are proud that our unique social ethos has been recognised by the Scottish Business Awards.”

The awards were hosted by Angus Deayton and included a special address by Sir Bob Geldof. The judging panel was chaired by Duncan Bannatyne OBE, and included self-made multi-millionaire Shaf Rasul, entrepreneur Azeem Ibrahim, and owner of the MacDonald hotel chain, Donald MacDonald OBE.

Our green achievements include gaining both ISO 14001 accreditation and Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) status, plus successfully delivering new energy-efficient schools, housing and refurbished properties across West Central Scotland.

Via the ground-breaking Glasgow House project, we constructed highly energy-efficient, comfortable and affordable prototype homes which deliver an impressive two-thirds reduction in the typical energy costs of a three-bedroom home.

To complement this, the company is also training Scotland’s first generation of “renewables” tradespeople with specific qualifications in micro-renewables as part of their apprenticeship programme.

In partnership with Glasgow’s Helping Heroes, we also employ a number of HM Forces veterans who have been medically discharged after active service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards 2011

We are delighted to announce we won the Energy Award at the VIBES Awards, held at The Hub in Edinburgh on Tuesday, 29 November.

The prestigious awards recognise the commitment, action and achievement of Scottish companies in reducing their impact on the environment.

Managing Director John Foley, said: “It is an honour to win a VIBES Award in the Energy category. This is great recognition for our commitment to energy efficiency in our own premises and also in the services we provide as part of our construction and maintenance work for clients.

“Not only does being green support the environment but it can also boost your bottom-line. New innovations in energy-efficient construction will mean great savings for our clients and we look forward to building even further on our green successes in the future.”

Gillian Bruce, VIBES Chair said: “The VIBES Awards recognise businesses which have taken significant steps to improve or reduce their impact on the environment. We would like to congratulate each of the winning and shortlisted companies, [who] impressed the judges with their innovation, dedication and support for sustainable practices while also protecting their bottom line. We hope that other Scottish businesses from Glasgow and across the country will follow their example and achieve their environmental goals.”