At the British Engines Group, we believe that people are at the heart of our business. We understand that in order to be sustainable, we must evaluate the impact our group of businesses has on the world around us.
We are committed to finding ways to better both the environmental and societal impact our business has on its surroundings to ensure a better future for everyone.
British Engines recognises it has a responsibility to prevent pollution and protect the environment. Therefore, we are committed to utilising resources in a sustainable manner, whilst minimising the impact on the environment from our business activities.
Our annual environmental objectives and targets are developed as part of our process of continual improvement, and are monitored on a monthly basis. This includes energy efficiency, waste minimisation, resource efficiency and recycling, as well as any environmental impacts associated with our work. Every part of our operation is challenged to meet these targets.
We work with our supply chain to develop the same high standards of environmental responsibility that we hold our own facilities to.
Our sites at CMP, Michell Bearings, BEL Valves, Stadium Export Services, Stephenson Gobin and BEL Engineering are fully certified to ISO14001. Plans are in place to implement ISO14001 certification at Tyne Pressure Testing and Rotary Power by the end of 2022.
- We have implemented energy reducing measures throughout businesses across the group in order to reduce our carbon footprint.
- We are actively reviewing our carbon footprint across all sites to allow us to set targets and objectives to reduce it.
- We are part of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which is a mandatory energy assessment scheme designed to identify energy saving opportunities. The assessment gives us a range of recommendations aimed at energy reduction.
- We have installed LED lighting throughout our workplaces which has reduced energy costs and improved lux levels.
- Full site surveys are carried out to monitor all compressed airlines and ensure they have no leaks, and are set at optimal pressures.
- We have invested in insulating our sites to reduce heat loss and save energy.
- We plan to install solar panels at our sites in the near future, where efficient to do so, in order to produce green, renewable energy.
Our world has finite resources and demand for them is increasing. Recycling is an essential part of securing a sustainable future.
- We are registered with the National Packaging Waste Database (NPWD) which helps to reduce the amount of packaging produced, reduce how much packaging waste goes to landfill and increase the amount of packaging waste that’s recycled and recovered. This is managed by the Environment Agency.
- We have zero to landfill certificates for all general waste streams across our sites.
- We segregate and recycle all cardboard, glass and plastic across our UK sites.
- We recycle all electronics.
- All of our sites have bund areas for oil and contaminated waste, enabling us to eliminate spills into the surrounding environment.
Re-wilding projects are in progress at CMP, BEL Valves and Tyne Pressure Testing with further projects planned across the group.
We are proud to be an accredited Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) training provider. As part of this, we deliver IEMA sustainability training to all employees across the group.
We have partnered with Tusker to provide employees with a Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme in return for a new electric or hybrid car with zero deposit.
This has promoted the use of environmentally friendly vehicles throughout the business, with a number of employees opting into the scheme and in turn, reducing their carbon footprint.
At British Engines, we work hard to nurture a culture based around the value we place on our people. As a family run business, we are careful to support our employees, as well as those that support them outside work. We believe that it is our responsibility to look after the health and wellbeing of our employees both in and out of the workplace, creating a supportive culture that celebrates the individuality and diversity of our people.
- Employee assistance programme – Through Canada Life’s healthcare portal, WeCare, employees and their immediate families can confidentially access a range of free wellbeing support services including; 24/7 GP consultations, legal and financial guidance, counselling and healthy living programmes.
- Cycle to work scheme – Employees are able to purchase a new bike at a discount by saving on tax and National Insurance, whilst spreading the cost over 12 months in line with HMRC guidelines.
- Gym membership – Employees have access to discounted memberships at a range of venues across the UK, including gym chains, hotel health clubs, yoga studios, boot camps and more.
- Healthcare cash plan – Employees can pay monthly for cover that enables them to claim money back on a range of healthcare services including physiotherapy, optical care, dental treatments, medical screening and other health related expenses.
British Engines continually looks for opportunities to support the progression of its employees by investing in their professional development. All employees are actively encouraged to undertake additional training to enhance their skillsets.
As part of its commitment to the development of future talent within the engineering sector, the British Engines Group’s unique Apprenticeship+ scheme offers apprentices enhanced additional training with extra vocational and classroom experience, giving them a wide choice of careers within the group’s businesses.
Apprentices also have the opportunity to attain accreditation with recognised engineering institutes in the UK as well as the chance to progress on to a foundation, bachelors or master’s degree.
British Engines aims to be a good citizen and a good neighbour. We believe it is our responsibility to contribute to the communities in which we operate wherever possible. This includes, supporting local community groups that work to improve the lives of disadvantaged people, encouraging education for young people and supporting future engineering talent.
Work with schools, colleges and universities
British Engines works closely with schools, colleges and universities throughout the North East to encourage students to consider a career in engineering. As part of this, we organise school visits both on-site and off-site where our employees help students to gain an understanding of the opportunities available to them within engineering.
The business also works with local university research departments and engineering faculties to ensure the teaching is relevant to ‘real life’ industry and to develop research projects of benefit to all parties.
Group company Tyne Pressure Testing, is a joint venture between British Engines and Newcastle University with funding from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (NELEP) North East Investment Fund. The facility provides unrivalled access to research and development opportunities for the university. It also offers unparalleled testing facilities for manufacturers of subsea equipment, with the facility housing one of the world’s largest commercially available hyperbaric testing chambers.
Donation to TDR
In 2021, British Engines donated £100,000 to the TDR Trust to boost STEM training in the North East. The donation will be used to improve TDR’s training facilities including the development of a STEM conference centre for North East employers, as well as further support to charitable trust school programmes to engage young people in STEM activities.
Sponsored schools in India
Since 2008, Michell Bearings India has sponsored two local schools in Bangalore, India. The sponsorship has allowed the schools to carry out ongoing repairs, build additional classrooms and create new facilities, including a dedicated computer room, gender specific toilets and outdoor play equipment. The business also provides funding for an additional English and IT teacher.
The ongoing sponsorship has supported the development of the local community in Bangalore by allowing more local children to receive an education.
Sponsored teacher in North East
From September, British Engines will be sponsoring a local teacher to improve technical education for local schools in more disadvantaged areas of the North East. The aim is to introduce more students to engineering related disciplines, opening up and improving their future career prospects.
Reserve Forces and Cadets
British Engines plays an active role in the Reserve Forces and Cadets in the region by supporting military reservists who work in its businesses.
The business has also pledged its support to the Armed Forces community by becoming a Bronze Award holder on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which aims to reward and recognise commitment and support from UK employers for defence personnel.
We believe it is important to give back and support the vital work carried out within our communities.
The British Engines Community Fund provides funding to local charities, youth and community groups which require support to keep up their good work. The beneficiaries are chosen by our employees, allowing us to support initiatives that are close to our employees’ hearts.
Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club
British Engines supports the Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Programme which aims to help primary school children get a nutritious start to their school day. Every school supported is provided with fresh bread from their nearest Greggs shop, and a grant to support start-up and ongoing costs.
Annual food bank donation
Each Christmas, employees from across the group’s businesses come together to donate food, toys and money to local food banks as part of Christmas Jumper Day. In 2020 and 2021, these donations have been bolstered by an annual donation of £10,000 from the British Engines Group which goes towards supporting disadvantaged people within the local area.
Health and Safety
A key focus for British Engines is to provide a safe place for our employees to work, ensuring that our employees go home safely every day. Our positive culture instils a focus on occupational health, safety and continual improvement.
As part of this commitment, our employee health and safety committees lead our ‘Work Safe Be Safe’ activities which include monthly awareness campaigns and a focus on accident prevention. This complements the group’s robust health and safety policies and performance monitoring through our information management system and ISO 45001:2018 accreditation.
Our in-house occupational health team ensures that we provide support to our employees at work, as well as actively encouraging health and wellbeing initiatives.
We are also accredited Institute Of Safety and Health (IOSH) and National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) training providers. As part of this, we deliver IOSH training to ensure health and safety is maintained by everyone across the group with NEBOSH training due to start in early 2022.
The British Engines Health, Safety and Environmental Policy is available on request, please click here to make an enquiry.
British Engines recognises the importance of its role within the wider manufacturing and engineering sectors. We are committed to playing our part in developing, growing and innovating by sharing best practice and working together to ensure the future sustainability of our industry.
We are committed to developing future engineering talent in the North East. We achieve this by providing real life, hands-on industry experience through our Apprenticeship+ and graduate schemes, as well as by encouraging the take up of STEM subjects by engaging with and investing in local training providers, schools and universities.
Many of the group’s businesses hold accreditations, memberships or partnerships with industry specific bodies. We also actively encourage our employees to represent industry on panels, in groups and at institutions.
Our industry relies heavily on its network of suppliers, and we therefore believe it is important to actively engage with our supply chain. We work closely with our suppliers to identify ways to improve technical and production capability, efficiency and sustainability wherever possible.
Quality is critical to our businesses and we pride ourselves on prioritising our customer’s needs. We strive to provide our customers with products and services which meet and exceed their expectations and in support of this, we operate under ISO9001:2015 Quality Management Systems across all of our group companies.
We are committed to continual improvement and have established quality management systems which provide frameworks for measuring and improving our quality performance.