Local spend and employment

Spending a project budget locally is an important way in which we support the local community

Around 80% of our turnover is spent on the procurement of goods, works and services. So we can play a key role in supporting local businesses and employment by spending as much as possible of a project’s budget locally.

An area of our business in which local spend is particularly developed is in the work we do for the national Scape framework. The framework was created by and for the public sector, and we have been its major works provider since 2006.

Through Scape we have targets relating to local spend, labour and employment, and we have developed reporting KPIs to help us quantify the indirect economic impact our work is having on local communities.

We participate in the Construction Ambassadors’ scheme, where our employees visit schools, colleges and career events. They organise site visits and share positive experiences, promoting construction as a rewarding career.

Where we provide maintenance services to tenants, tenant liaison officers work with residents to develop programmes to help the local communities. For example, our ‘Opening Doors’ programme, which provides skills, training and work experience for local people.

Find out more about our community investment work with the Willmott Dixon Foundation.