Newark Business Awards 2019
Aarsleff Ground Engineering Ltd are thrilled to be finalists for not one, not two but three categories in this year’s 2019 Newark Business Awards. We have been shortlisted in the following categories: ‘Large Business of the Year’, ‘Employer of the Year’ and our Design Manager Ash Rogers has been shortlisted for ‘Employee of the Year’.
The glittering black tie event is to take place at the Lady Eastwood Centre in Newark Showground on Friday, June 21st. Guest speaker for the evening will be inspirational fundraiser and campaigner Claire Lomas, who, despite being paralysed from the chest down, completed the London Marathon in 17 days wearing a robotic suit.
At Aarsleff Ground Engineering, we appreciate the hard work of our staff, and what better way to celebrate this than by being shortlisted for three fantastic local business awards. Newark and the surrounding areas have a thriving business community and we are delighted to be a part of that.
The Aarsleff team will now be interviewed by judges as part of the final stage before the winner is announced on Friday the 21st June, which is expected to draw in around 400 people from thriving local businesses.
Large Business of The Year:
Aarsleff Ground Engineering have impressed the judges this year and demonstrated both business excellence and a commitment to the local community. Owing to the company’s proven business strategy and vision for the next three to five years and supported by a new leader who works tirelessly to drive the business forward, Aarsleff Ground Engineering are proud to be shortlisted for ‘Large Business of the Year’.
Managing Director Kevin Hague has very much started to lead the business forward as one, embarking on a mission to drive a collaborative and transparent mentality throughout the organisation, backed up by continual access to company ‘big data’. Kevin has implemented regular forums, otherwise known as ‘Staff Chats’, where everyone in the business gathers together in the company briefing room and discusses the status of the business completely transparently. With the current skills shortage in the construction market, and particularly the geotechnical sector, finding and training new talent has become more important than ever. Aarsleff Ground Engineering play an active part in changing perception of the civil engineering industry. They recruit diverse role models, deliver regular presentations and CPD seminars and create hands-on opportunities for its placement and graduate students. In 2018, Kevin introduced and led the concept of ‘Mixed, Augmented and Virtual Reality’ to the business. The initiative has led to the business investing in a VR room or ‘VROOM’ as it is now called. Currently this is being used to carry out Virtual site visits, benefiting the business by less road/travel risk/carbon footprint and time savings for long journeys. Kevin believes that the benefits from embracing new technology work two-fold -our client’s confidence in our products increases and staff morale is boosted by having exemplary experiences in the workplace. Aarsleff are proactively challenging the notion that “young people are not interested in construction” and will soon be rolling out the company’s own bespoke ground engineering virtual application at careers fairs and university shows.
Employee of the Year:
Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s Design Manager Ash Rogers has been recognised by the Newark Business Awards 2019 for his commitment in going the extra mile and continually exceeding expectations within the company. Ash has demonstrated that his attitude, commitment and dedication to the company has delivered significant benefits to the Aarsleff organisation.
Ash Rogers demonstrates a continual desire to be challenged, often saying that if the design of a scheme seems simple then a component of the project has probably been overlooked. Ash and his team find enjoyment in balancing the technical delivery of safe engineering solutions with the commercial and value-engineered solutions and has been an integral part of Aarsleff’s new model and business restructure as it moved to offer a wide range of ground engineering services two years ago.
Over the past 12 months, Ash and his team have proven themselves able to design technically challenging projects completely in house, comprising numerous piling types, sheet piling, propping, temporary works, ground anchors, soil nailing and drilling and grouting. Ash has also changed the internal culture toward design. He hosts regular training sessions for his staff to ensure they each have a comfortable awareness of design and technical processes and requirements of their projects allowing them to control risks, seize opportunities and ultimately deliver a high standard performance to their valued clients.
Employer of the Year:
Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s leadership and training and development initiatives ensure the continual support of their employees. With high levels of engagement and satisfaction, the team has created a positive and refreshingly open workplace driven by a well-motivated and well-trained team.
Aarsleff Ground Engineering is a company with a heritage. We were founded in 1947 by Danish Engineer Per Aarsleff. Though Per Aarsleff is no longer with us, his values live on today. One of those core values is ‘Responsibility’. We constantly build our position as a responsible Employer, enjoying a good reputation among both our employees and the local community. We believe that a responsible approach to developing relationships between companies, communities both global and local is a vital part of delivering business success. Every three months, we select a different charitable organisation or project to support in the locality. We see it as an integral part of our business operations. Being a part of the wider Aarsleff Group with its head office in Denmark, and offices in Sweden, Poland and Germany has meant that Aarsleff in the UK has embraced other ways of doing things and training has been enhanced by sharing ideas of best practise and employing people from diverse backgrounds into the company.
Aarsleff Ground Engineering are keen to bridge the generational gap at work and encourage greater mentoring between young people and their leaders through our own development program titled ‘Young Talent’. In 2016 when it was first launched, the Managing Director’s from our European sister companies nominated 3-4 hard-working staff members to represent at the annual event. The YT network motivates participants to evolve within the Aarsleff organisation, expand their development and travel Northern Europe all at the same time.
Read about those nominated here: The Finalists 2019