At British Engines we understand our responsibilities as a corporate entity; we are proud to be ‘Engineering a Future’ for our employees, the communities within which we work and our industry.
We use innovation to find a link between sustainability, quality products and lean manufacturing.
We split corporate responsibility in to five main areas of focus:
Environmental responsibility is a key focus for any successful business in today’s marketplace. British Engines is no different; we have a commitment to lessen the impact of our operations on both the immediate environment and wider society.
Our annual environmental objectives and targets are developed as part of our process of continual improvement, and monitored on a monthly basis. This includes energy efficiency, waste minimisation, resource efficiency and recycling, as well as any environmental risks associated with our work. Every part of our operations is challenged to meet these targets.
We work with our supply chain to develop the same high standards of environmental responsibility and we are fully certified to ISO14001.
Our employees tell us that British Engines is a great place to work, and we are very proud of this. We have worked hard to nurture a culture based around the value we place on our people. As a family run firm, we are careful to support our employees, as well as those that support them outside work.
Every employee is offered the training and development they require for their existing job, as well as the opportunity to progress further. We actively promote further education and part time studies for those it is relevant to.
Many of our senior staff began their career with British Engines as apprentices or graduates; we are confident in our recruitment process and providing a fair, diverse and supportive place to work.
Health & Safety
A key focus for British Engines is to provide a safe place for our employees to work; we want to ensure that our employees go home safely every day.
Our employee health and safety committees lead our ‘Work Safe Be Safe’ activities which include monthly awareness campaigns and a focus on accident prevention throughout the group. This complements our strict health and safety policies and our performance monitoring through our information management system and ISO18001 accreditation.
Our in-house occupational nurse ensures that we provide support to our employees at work, as well as actively encouraging health and wellbeing initiatives.
Our culture instills focus on health and safety, quality and continuous improvement, alongside exceeding customer expectations.
The British Engines Health, Safety and Environmental Policy is available on request, please click here to make an enquiry.
British Engines aims to be a good citizen and a good neighbour; not only ensuring we are aware of the environment around our facilities and the potential impact we could make, but also working with community groups to provide support where we can and a commitment to developing the engineers of the future.
British Engines was founded in Newcastle upon Tyne, and our St Peter’s site has been home to us and our companies for almost 100 years; now our factories are located throughout the North East of England. The North East is our home and always will be; we have a clear focus to contribute to the North East economy where we can. This includes the number of local people we employ, the investment we make in our facilities and additional investment opportunities to grow and develop our industry in the North East.
We work closely with schools, colleges and universities throughout the North East as part of our campaign to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering. Most of this work involves our staff introducing young people to the sort of careers available here in the North East and inspiring them to understand the fantastic opportunities there are in engineering.
Aside from working with the young people in these establishments, we work with university research departments and engineering faculties to both ensure the teaching is relevant to ‘real life’ industry and develop research projects of benefit to all parties.
British Engines plays an active role in the Reserve Forces and Cadets in the region by supporting military reservists who work in our businesses. We have also pledged our support to the Armed Forces community by becoming a Bronze Award holder on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme launched by the Prime Minister at No10 Downing Street in July 2014, which aims to reward and recognise commitment and support from UK employers for Defence personnel.
The British Engines Community Fund was founded some years ago, as a way of our employees and our management team working together to provide support to groups and projects in the north east community. By involving our staff in this process, we ensure that these are causes that are close to the hearts of our employees and that require support to grow and develop our communities in the future.
British Engines is also proud to be supporting 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.
British Engines takes its responsibilities as part of the wider manufacturing and engineering sector very seriously and recognises the role it can play in developing, growing and innovating by sharing best practice and working together for the wider good.
We actively encourage our employees to represent industry on panels, in groups and institutions. We have representatives on the following: NOF Energy, Engineering Employers’ Federation, BVAA, Manufacturing Advisory Service, Subsea North East and Subsea UK.
As well as encouraging take up of STEM subjects to ensure the future supply of engineering talent (see community above), our industry relies on the development of new technologies for future generations.
Our sector, like all sectors, relies heavily on its network of suppliers, and it is therefore important to engage the supply chain in our businesses, so that they develop with us. Our expectation of the supply chain is high due to the environments we work in e.g. subsea, hazardous areas; to this end we monitor performance together and improve technical and production capability as we grow together.
British Engines is committed to helping develop and nurture home grown talent in the North East and our apprentices and graduates schemes are testament to how much we have embraced this philosophy. Giving our apprentices and graduates hands on, real life experience broadens their skills beyond qualifications, see our Career Zone for further information.