Barnes Construction receives Trading for Good ‘Responsible Business Award’

The presentation of the Trade for Good Responsible Business Awards to Barnes Construction. From left

The presentation of the Trade for Good Responsible Business Awards to Barnes Construction. From left, Mark Bailey, director at Barnes, Natalie Chaplin, Trading for Good ambassador, Trish Stutter, HR, Barnes, and Andrew Farn and Matt Ager, trainess at Barnes. - Credit: Archant

Barnes Construction has become the first business in the UK to received the Trading for Good “Resonsible Business Award”.

Trading for Good is a digital platform that helps businesses strengthen their reputation and grow through showcasing the good work they do in their local communities.

It was created in 2012, emerging out of the Government’s “Every Business Commits” agenda focused on five key priorities for sustainable business behaviour, and firms were invited to apply for the new award in recognition of their efforts last December.

Barnes, which is based in Ipswich, was not only the first company to meet the requirement of submitting details of five responsible business activities within a 12-month period, including five outside endorsements, but went beyond the minimum by detailing a total of 25 activities during 2014, supported by eight endorsements.

from young people who have been employed by Barnes.

Natalie Chaplin, regional ambassador for Trading for Good, said: “I have been really impressed with the contribution that Barnes has made.

“The quality of the responses is testimony to the excellent training and development that Barnes offers. This local construction company really understands that to ensure success, talented young people are the life blood of any business and as a result, they developed a number of activities; one of which is ‘Helping Young People into Work’.”

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Barnes has also led the way in the industry locally by inviting Trading for Good to the Forum for the Built Environment (East Anglia) event, to encourage others in the construction industry across the region to join and demonstrate best practice. As a result, a number of local companies have joined Trading for Good.

Mark Bailey, director at Barnes Construction, said: “Trading for Good is an excellent vehicle for us to record and store our local community corporate social responsibility activities. Additionally, it makes life a little easier when preparing support information for clients.”