Company receives accolade for contribution to social mobility across the UK in new awards scheme
TARMAC are celebrating becoming a winner at the first-ever Purpose Business Coalition Levelling Up Awards, in recognition of the company’s achievements in helping to improve social mobility across the UK.
Based on 14 levelling-up goals, launched by the Rt Hon. Justine Greening, chair of the Social Mobility Pledge and former Education Secretary in 2021, the awards have been designed to shine a spotlight on organizations helping communities overcome barriers to opportunity, such as digital connectivity and good health and well-being.
Tarmac triumphed in the ‘Infrastructure for Opportunity’ category, acknowledging the impact that their work has had on delivering opportunity.
Graeme Boylen, HR director at Tarmac, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to have received this accolade, which reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering projects that make a real difference to local communities, at the same time as providing a lasting skills legacy through employment and training opportunities.
‘Alongside our partners, we’re proud of our continued work on a wide range of highways schemes which play a pivotal role in connecting people and driving positive social and economic outcomes – this award is testament to the hard work of Tarmac colleagues up and down the UK in supporting these goals.’
Founder of the Social Mobility Pledge and former Education Secretary, the Rt Hon. Justine Greening, added: ‘Huge congratulations to all our Award winners. They have demonstrated genuine leadership in supporting their colleagues, clients, and the communities they serve. With the legacy of the pandemic and now the growing challenges of the cost of living crisis, it has never been more important that businesses show ambition and purpose in delivering positive social impact.
‘Tarmac are committed to being much more than just a large employer within the communities they operate in. They play the vital role of an anchor institution, spreading their influence much wider than their normal operations through their support of local projects and their supply chain.’
The event was hosted by Lord John Walney, chair of the Business Purpose Coalition, and by former chief executive officer and now consultant at Shoosmiths, Simon Boss. Other organizations recognized at the awards include the BBC, Virgin Money, and the Co-op Group.