Executive Chairman's Statement

It has been another record year for Bellway as we’ve continued our approach to being a responsible homebuilder, further developing our Corporate Responsibility (CR) activity under the Bellway4Good banner.

We have increased the number of new homes sold in 2016/17 by over 10% to 9,644 and as we continue to grow so does our workforce with the average number of people directly employed increasing by around 7% to 2,595. We also engage with our sub-contractors and supply chain partners, and we estimate that in total, between 29,000 and 30,000 jobs were supported as a result of Bellway’s operations.

I would like to extend my thanks to all those who have worked for and with Bellway in the last year. Their skill, hard work and dedication has been recognised in a number of ways:

  • We were proud to have been awarded 5 star homebuilder status by the Home Builder Federation (HBF), demonstrating our commitment to customer service.
  • A record 49 of our site managers were recognised in the National House Building Council (NHBC) Pride in the Job Awards.
  • We received 10 NHBC Health and Safety Awards.

We continue to invest in our workforce and this year we created a set of structured apprenticeship programmes and increased the number of apprentices and graduates within the business by 11%. Training across the Group has increased with average training days per employee rising to a record 4.2 days.

This was the third year that we have set ourselves a range of CR targets to drive forward performance across the business and we are pleased to report some key successes:

  • Increased the percentage of construction compounds fitted with energy saving devices to 94% (2016 – 84%).
  • Launching a trial energy saving campaign for divisional offices.
  • Further improved our waste diversion rate to 97.8% (2016 – 95.9%).
  • Improved our NHBC safety score by almost 10% to 0.690 (2015 – 0.766).
  • Achieved the top rank in the World Wild Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Timber Scorecard 2017.
  • Raised and donated £385,913 to Cancer Research UK, our corporate charity.
  • Quantified the wider benefits that our business delivers through the publication of Bellway’s first Economic and Social Impact Report.

We remain committed to improving our CR credentials, listening to and meeting the needs of various stakeholder groups and improving the sustainability of our homes. If you have any comments about our approach to CR we would welcome your feedback.

John Watson
Executive Chairman