Sewell FM, as part of the wider Sewell Group has today (Thursday 29th April) been recognised as one of only 18 businesses across the country in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity – the most prestigious accolade for UK businesses.

The award celebrates our contribution to the region through employing local people and investing in developing talent, as well as giving back to communities and supporting the regional economy, through commissioning the local supply chain.

The heart of our’ vision and strategy is delivering value for the communities we serve, creating opportunities for people to be involved in projects, supporting communities, charity groups and pioneering initiatives to support people who need it.

Over the last two decades, this has included initiatives such as;

• Abilities in Facilities – in partnership with Mencap, offering paid employment and training for over 30 individuals with learning disabilities

• Adopting a “look local first” approach to our supply chain across projects resulting in, on average, 80% local labour to benefit the local economy

• The Sewell Skills Academy, which provided employability skills for over 1,400 young people, including those not in education, employment or training (NEETs) – this has since developed into the Tommy Coyle Academy providing a free gym facility for over 1000 young people in East Hull

• Humber-based charity CatZero – which has been supporting young people and families from across the region since 2009 – with news of a new partnership project coming soon

As a group, we’ve spent over 10 years in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work For, two of which were in the top 10. We invest in staff training and development every year to grow our own talent, and many of our senior leadership team started out as trainees and worked their way to the top of the company.

Dr Paul Sewell OBE, Chair of Sewell Group, said: “Our vision has always been to be a successful company that endeavours to make a difference to the areas in which we work – to become a great company to deal with, we have great people working with us.

“By investing in the development and training of our people, and taking on trainees, apprentices and graduates, we’ve created an extremely talented workforce. We employ ethical people who want to make a difference to local communities and we invest our time and effort into projects that are going to make a difference to local people.

“To receive this award from Her Majesty the Queen is a huge honour and I’m incredibly proud of our teams. Promoting opportunity is exactly what we’re about and what we do as a company; we’re successful because we provide opportunities, both within the company and the community.”

Mr James Dick, OBE, The Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, adds his congratulations: “Sewell Group is a company I have worked with on many initiatives over the years. It is a company that has always championed its people; from becoming the first in the area to gain Investors in People status in the 90s and then going on to appear in the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 Best places to work list, this latest accolade comes as no surprise.

“The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the highest honour for British businesses and I am delighted that the Sewell Group have been recognised for being a force for good.”