Yet another leading North East business has joined us as a partner for the BUSINESSiQ Awards next year.

Esh Group, one of the North of England’s largest privately-owned construction businesses, is to sponsor the Net Zero category, a key theme for the North East as new technologies and strategies create a bright new future.

The awards will take place on April 28th at Ramside Hall, hosted by Alfie Joey and starring our VIP speaker Sara Davies.

Darush Dodds, Director of Corporate Affairs & Social Value at Esh Group, told us Esh was committed to helping the region celebrate its success.

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“As a multi award-winning regional business, the BUSINESSIQ awards provide a unique platform for Esh to showcase its commitment to the North East and Tees Valley,” he said.

“They are an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to come together to celebrate our collective success - our people, our communities and our impact - from the large multinational employers with roots in the region to the smallest start-up, from inspiring leaders to the game changers, innovators and disruptors.

“We recognise that our own Carbon Reduction Plan will rely heavily upon the decarbonisation journey of our suppliers; the availability of low carbon fuel sources for heavy goods vehicles and plant machinery and our client’s appetite to deliver low carbon construction schemes.

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“Continued interaction with our regional peers and industry partners will help us better understand the timeframe for necessary innovation, affordability, and availability of low carbon solutions.”

Darush said Esh saw great potential for the region as it grew and tackled the challenges facing the whole of the UK.

“We feel very lucky to be based in ‘the new energy capital of the UK’ and look forward to celebrating the companies and individuals who are leading that mission, and setting the pace of our own carbon journey," he said.

“This amazing region is performing well - all things considered.

“As we are all aware, things are quite uncertain at the moment – supply side cost inflation, supply chain disruption, high energy prices, rising salaries, cost of living pressures on our people, access to credit, Brexit related stress and political unrest all weighing on regional sentiment.

“We are all experiencing staffing pressure - high vacancy rates and high demand for labour - but the region lacks people with the awareness, attitudes and skillsets to fulfil our needs – something we’re working hard to change.

“It is important to contextualise global conditions in terms of our own businesses, confront our realities head on and control the things we can control. As a region we are resolute, collaborative, highly productive and innovative – that’s what makes the North East & Tees Valley one of the best places in the world to live, learn and do business.”

Esh Group is in a powerful position to help lead the region through those challenges, and Darush said the order books were strong - with jobs on the way.


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“As always, our priority is to deliver high quality construction projects for our customers, getting things right first time and ensuring we do it all efficiently and safely. Paring onsite delivery with industry leading Social Value and consideration for our local communities.

“Our order book position is very strong across all sectors and we will continue to diversify our offer (recently launching, Esh Retrofit Solutions and Esh Drainage Solutions) in order to meet the evolving needs of our customers, the wider industry and take steps to move toward a more sustainable future.

“We have a number of exciting programmes in the pipeline in 2023 which include the launch of our NET Zero strategy and the relaunch of Queen’s Award-winning Constructing Local programme, a sizable recruitment drive recruiting for more than 35 new full time roles and attracting the best young talent into our industry.”