The British Chambers of Commerce launched the campaign earlier this month, to recognise the incredible work that UK businesses are doing. HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO commented: “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your positive contributions, congratulate you on your recognition as a UK Business Hero and wish you every success in your endeavours in the weeks and months ahead as we look to the recovery of our country.”
Joseph Gallagher, Founder and Group Chairmen, said: “We are honoured to have received this award, the last few months have not been without their challenges and we are very grateful to all our teams, for continuing to do their ‘day job’ as well as going the extra-mile.”
Despite the impact of COVID-19, Joseph Gallagher were able to welcome twelve new apprentices into the business. In what are undoubtedly difficult times for apprentices, employers and training providers; and at a time when most contractors have put their schemes on hold, Joseph Gallagher have received excellent feedback for being able to launch these schemes safely during the lockdown.
Steve Harvey, the Joseph Gallagher Group Managing Director, said: “The interruption that Covid-19 has caused has not been insignificant and we reacted more quickly than many. However, it does not change the fact that there is a skills shortage in construction. Our apprenticeship programme is a business priority and we will do our level best to support our apprentice’s development.”
Luca, a Joseph Gallagher apprentice, said: “I was unemployed at the start of COVID-19 and before that I was holding down two different warehouse jobs. The Joseph Gallagher pre-apprenticeship programme has been great, and this opportunity will make a massive difference to my life.”
Joseph Gallagher were also able to support the NHS through the donation of 2,500 FFP2 masks to the NHS North East London Foundation Trust.