Value achieved by job creation scheme, training and apprenticeships
A Cornish construction and consultancy team is celebrating having added nearly £60 million to the ‘social and economic value’ of the county. The figure reflects a period of investment over a four year period.
The announcement followed the publication of the annual report by MWJV (Mace Ward Williams Joint Venture). The team have been working on a £650 million construction and infrastructure capital programme of investment.
They point to the creation of more than 200 jobs in the area alongside the delivery of 139 career events. The team’s provided more than 3,000 hours of work experience – and training for 150 people.
‘We are proud to outline the social value impact of MWJV for this year in line with our ongoing commitment to share and engage on this critical area of business within our built environment and construction sector,’ says Andy Snapes, Board Member at MWJV and Senior Partner at Ward Williams Associates.
‘The recognition for this impact nationally has been significant over the last year and saw two of our businesses recognised with the illustrious Queen’s Award for Enterprise status within the Sustainable Development category.’
As well as reflecting on the added social and economic values of its work, the 2023 annual report shares a summary of its achievements over the past year.
‘All our staff live and work in Cornwall,’ explains Chris Owen from Truro-based MBA Consulting. ‘The framework has given us additional stability in the face of COVID and the subsequent financial turmoil. It has enabled us to employ new staff over the lifetime of the framework, all of whom also live in the area.’
‘Projects that benefit the community’
‘It provides additional satisfaction to all of us at MBA to work on projects that benefit the community around us; a sentiment that has been relayed repeatedly to me in the office throughout the past twelve months.’
‘The working relationships within the MWJV have been exemplary. In particular, the discussions with our fellow engineers have been enjoyable and beneficial.’
Projects across the region that MWJV has worked on over the past year include: Spaceport Cornwall, Schools Backlog Maintenance, Local Town Deals, and Looe Flood Defence.
MWJV has also continued its support of a range of charities which aim to make a difference to local life and the environment, including Children’s Hospice South West, Surfers Against Sewage and Macmillan Cancer Support.