Pacific Building honoured at House of Lords event

Lauren Gray and Gerard McMahon

PACIFIC Building was one of 12 UK companies honoured with a special award at a ceremony hosted by The 5% Club at the House of Lords last week.

The Hillington-based firm, which was recently granted Gold status by the organisation that recognises employers committed to provided workplace training opportunities, won the ‘Breadth’ category prize for SMEs.

In London to receive the award were Pacific MD Gerard McMahon and Lauren Gray, head of HR and administration.

The 5% club promotes and recognises ‘earn and learn’ initiatives such as apprenticeships, graduate schemes and sponsored students course placements that allow workers to develop skills and potential.

A total of 129 firms committed to a formal audit by the Club to gain accredited Gold, Silver or Bronze membership, and Pacific Building were one of 107 employers who met the Gold Standard – and one of just six in Scotland.

All these companies were then shortlisted for an award, and the team at Pacific received the good news that they were one of the lucky 12.

Sponsored by the Open University the ‘Breadth; award for SMEs went to Pacific, and the large employer prize was granted to Bell Group.

Mark Cameron OBE, chief executive of The 5% Club, said of Pacific: “Very many congratulations on winning our UK National ‘Earn and Learn’ Awards – SME Employer Breadth Award. This is a tremendous achievement, of which we hope you are justifiably proud. Very well done to everyone across your organisation who contributed to your submission and especially to those who are delivering the activity for which you have been recognised – it is truly inspiring.”

Gerard McMahon said, “As a company, we always say that ‘we exist to build great things’, but we can now demonstrate that we also exist to build a great business for the future.”

Over recent months, Pacific has been engaged on raft of new projects, including:

· The creation of a new cosmetic surgery day clinic in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, for Cosmedicare

· New Bird & Signet Bar at Glasgow International Airport

· The modernisation of the Lidl supermarket in Leith

· A new glazed link corridor for the Hudson Beare Building on the King’s Campus at the University of Edinburgh, together with associated improvement works

· Refurbishment projects for McDonald’s fast-food outlets across Scotland

Pacific became an employee-owned business in January 2019, which means every staff member is a beneficiary of an Employee Ownership Trust, which owns Pacific Building Ltd on behalf of all employees.