18 March 2008
White Young Green Plc has been recognised for its outstanding business performance with the New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine and Association of Civil Engineer’s (ACE’s) prestigious and coveted Major Consultant of the Year Award. Picked from a list of strong competitors such as Amey, Halcrow, Mott Macdonald, Mouchel and WSP, WYG won the Major Firm Category, cementing the company’s status as a major player in the building industry. The Consultant of the Year Awards is held in conjunction with NCE’s Annual Consultant’s File publication, the industry’s definitive ‘who’s who’ listing.
The final assessment by the judges concluded that WYG was the obvious choice in the Major Firm category. WYG has had a very successful year with a strong business focus on addressing the issues of climate change and energy supply. 2007 saw the company move to gather a dedicated team of sustainability experts to provide a single point of contact for clients and staff to optimise the sustainability performance of their projects and operations. Coupled with this, WYG Energy was launched to provide solutions across the disciplines of planning, environmental consultancy and engineering to offer a sustainable and practical method of energy management.
Resourcing the company’s booming workload and addressing the issue of the industry’s skills shortage has also been top of WYG’s agenda, with an updated graduate programme to support the ‘Big Idea’ initiative fully supported by Chief Executive Lawrie Haynes and the PLC board. The "Big Idea" initiative offers select graduates a flexible start to the first year of their development programme, by allowing them to trial a number of different but related disciplines across various business units within the company.
Lawrie Haynes, Chief Executive, WYG commented on the company’s success:
This is a great achievement for our business that would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our staff. The past year has been our most financially successful to date but our company is about more than financial statistics. At the heart of our business are our people. We've invested £1.6M in learning and development to enable all WYG staff to flourish and develop their skills. It's evidence of our commitment to improving people’s lives through our work.
Speaking about the accolade NCE Editor Antony Oliver said:
"WYG has clearly had a great year as evidenced by its organic and acquisitional growth and its huge range of projects. By focusing on its talents and developing its staff it has reaped benefits and been justly rewarded."