Salford-based MC Construction is celebrating a double triumph at an industry awards ceremony.
The family-owned business, which is celebrating its golden jubilee this year, won the SME of the Year and the People Development accolades at the 15th annual North West Regional Construction Awards, which were presented at a gala dinner held at Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel.
MC Construction now goes forward in each category to the Constructing Excellence National Awards, which will take place in London on Friday, January 28.
The judges praised the business for its desire to change and improve, and for its approach to its employees, suppliers, customers and the communities where it operates.
Managing director David Lowe said the awards were a fitting tribute to the memory of the company’s co-founders, his father Charlie Lowe and John Purcell, who have both passed away within the past 12 months.
He said: “We are thrilled to win not one but two awards. They are a wonderful way to mark our 50th anniversary and to recognise the legacy that John and Charlie created.
“Our founders had a strong focus on people development, and we have continued to operate in that way down the years. It’s great to be acknowledged with an award for our approach of placing trust in our employees and empowering them to deliver great results.
“The SME of the Year award reflects the phenomenal team effort by our amazing employees as we pulled together to fight through the pandemic.”
MC Construction scooped the SME of the Year award for the second time in five years.
“We have shown tremendous resilience and tenacity over the past 12 months, improving efficiencies, safeguarding jobs and expanding our client base to grow turnover, while maintaining our family ethos and strengthening MC Construction as a great place to work while continuing to deliver excellent results for our customers.
“We have also invested in technology and new staff to ensure we are well-placed for the future.”
MC Construction employs 60 staff and has an average length of service of 10 years. David is one of two people who have been with the company for 40 years. Ten per cent of the workforce are trainees or apprentices.
The People Development prize was awarded for the way MC Construction nurtures its workforce through training initiatives, education, mentoring and support. It was the second time the company has won the category, following its success in 2017.
“The retention and progression of our staff is very important to us. Cultivating young talent and retaining expertise are key, and we pride ourselves on giving opportunities to long-term unemployed people.
“We are extremely proud of our heritage and equally proud of our people, our engagement with communities and of giving back to the areas we develop, and we look forward to the next 50 years with confidence.”