Economy Secretary praises Jehu’s community commitment

Welsh Government  Economy Secretary Ken Skates has praised independent construction and property firm Jehu after they scooped a prestigious award for their commitment to delivering responsible, sustainable business. 

Lynsey Holley-Matthews, Marketing and Responsible Business Manager from Jehu, was named as IoD Wales Director of the Year for Corporate Social Responsibility in recognition of the group’s commitment to doing business in a responsible and sustainable way.

Lynsey said: “I am delighted to have won this prestigious award on behalf of Jehu. The group has had another excellent year of growth in which we’ve made a real difference to the communities in which we work. Jehu’s sense of social purpose and commitment to doing business in a responsible and sustainable way is at the heart of the organisation and is reflected not just in the success of the business but in the sense of pride, strong values, hard work and commitment from everyone who works here.”

The award comes after First Minister Carwyn Jones spoke about the importance of responsible business in delivering inclusive economic growth and prosperity for the Welsh economy.

Economy and Transport Secretary, Ken Skates  said: “Congratulations to Jehu  for scooping this IOD award. It is a testament to the company’s   hard work and commitment to working sustainably and responsibly.

“Jehu’s  approach is very much in line with the ambitions of our recently launched Economic Contract which  requires companies seeking  Welsh Government support  to operate in a way  that drives fair work, inclusive growth and responsible business behaviours. I wish them continuing  success in the months and years ahead.”

The successful entry covered Jehu’s brand development to reflect the group’s social purpose and commitment to doing business in a responsible and sustainable way. It also touched upon improving the image of construction not only from a commercial point of view but from a recruitment point of view. Jehu want people to want to work for them and to be proud to work for them which is reflected in their strapline – Busy Building Excellence since 1935.

The awards, now in their seventh year, have become an established highlight on the Welsh business calendar and celebrate business achievements and inspirational leaders across Wales while bringing all sectors of the business community together, irrespective of size, geography and longevity.

Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Director of IoD Wales said: “This is my absolute favourite day of the year. I wish every finalist could win, but those who have been acknowledged with an award are those who have demonstrated the huge contribution they have made to their businesses and organisations.

“This year we have over 300 guests gathered together to celebrate with winners from all parts of Wales and from a wealth of sectors; but who share one common feature in that they have made massive contributions to their own businesses and organisations throughout this last year and importantly, have contributed significantly to the local economy in which they are based, and of course the wider Welsh economy.

“Many congratulations to all finalists today.”