Fifth time the company has been awarded the UK's most prestigious business award

Willmott Dixon has been awarded the UK’s most prestigious business accolade for the second successive year.

The company was again recognised by the annual King’s Awards for Enterprise, this time for Sustainable Development. Last year, it won an award in the category of Promoting Opportunity.

This is the fifth time Willmott Dixon has achieved this accolade since 2014, and the third time it has been recognised by the awards for its work in Sustainable Development. This latest King’s Award for Enterprise follows progress Willmott Dixon has made towards a Net Zero future for itself, its people, customers and supply chain, including:

  • Reducing carbon relative to turnover by 81% since 2010.
  • Achieving carbon neutral status for eleven years.
  • Gaining a growing volume of work to deliver net zero in operation projects.
  • Cutting avoidable waste from sites and investing in circular economy schemes and shared learning.
  • Creating an innovative salary sacrifice car scheme to help its people buy low emissions vehicles.
  • Developing solutions to support customers’ net zero ambitions like the Energy Synergy service and Community Solar products.
  • Engaging with supply chain partners to address scope 3 emissions.

As one of the UK’s largest family-owned construction and fit-out companies, Willmott Dixon employs over 2,000 people. It has set the challenge to be zero-carbon in its own operations without offsetting by 2030 as part of the company’s ethos to leave a positive legacy for future generations.

Graham Dundas, Group Chief Executive, said:

“The King’s Awards for Enterprise are the preeminent way to recognise outstanding achievements by UK businesses and it’s very humbling that this award has been bestowed on Willmott Dixon for a fifth time.
“Our purpose is to leave a world fit for future generations, both by reducing the impact of our operations and by delivering future-climate-ready buildings for our customers that use less carbon in construction and operation.
“This latest King’s Award for Enterprise, following last year’s award for Promoting Opportunity, will help galvanise even more our determination to support a Net Zero future for our society. It further recognises the efforts and innovation of our people and serves as another powerful endorsement that we are moving in the right direction toward our ambition to be the UK’s most sustainable construction company.”

A total of 252 organisations have been recognised nationally with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise, previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, were renamed last year to reflect His Majesty The King’s desire to continue the legacy of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s by recognising outstanding UK businesses. The Award programme, now in its 58th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country, with successful businesses able to use the esteemed King’s Awards Emblem for the next five years.