Further recognition for our Good Givers

JN Bentley has received a Highly Commended award in the category of Best Launch of a New Scheme at this year’s National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards. 

The annual ceremony, held at The Treasury in London, celebrates the efforts of employers, charities and professional partnerships in promoting payroll giving in the workplace.  Our Highly Commended award was presented to the Company by Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, as a reward for JN Bentley’s efforts in promoting its new Be Good Givers payroll giving scheme. 

The National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards state that earning ‘Highly Commended’ status at the ceremony is “a symbol of supreme excellence” and is something “only awarded to employers that have shown true dedication and innovation in running their Payroll Giving scheme.” 

Since its launch in January 2010, Be Good Givers has seen over 7.5% of employees sign up to donate a percentage of their monthly wage to charity.  This means that through the scheme, almost £4,200 will be generated for UK charities by JN Bentley employees this year alone. 

This follows the news earlier in the year that Be Good Givers had been awarded a Silver Quality Mark Award from Payroll Giving for achieving more than 5% take-up of payroll giving amongst its employees.

The Company’s aim is to increase uptake to 10% of employees in 2011. 



Linton hydro scheme Falls into place

JN Bentley’s own hydropower development has received a seal of approval from the Chair of English Heritage, Baroness Andrews OBE.

On a recent visit to heritage sites in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Baroness Andrews met with JN Bentley’s Austin Flather to learn more about the Company’s own in-house project at Linton Falls, not far from our Head Office in Skipton. 

She praised the scheme, which will see us restore the site’s Scheduled Monument, by saying that the finished project “will be a wonderful exemplar which will add to the rich diversity of heritage” in the Yorkshire Dales.  The Baroness continued, stating that English Heritage were looking forward to working with JN Bentley “to complete this very exciting project.” 

JN Bentley has received consent from English Heritage to restore the 100 year-old turbine house at Linton Falls to its former use, and have secured planning permission and Environment Agency licensing to build and operate a 100kW twin Archimedean screw hydro station on the site. 

Construction work on the stone access track is set to begin in mid December, with the main restoration project beginning in spring 2011 after the crayfish spawning season.  Upon completion later in 2011, Linton Falls will be generating sustainable energy for local communities once again, this time via the National Grid. 

The scheme will also add further strength to JN Bentley’s reputation as experts in the hydropower market.



Adventurous employees raise funds for charity

The JN Bentley Fundraisers scheme continues to support employees in their phenomenal fundraising efforts for charities close to their hearts.

At JN Bentley, employees are supported in their fundraising efforts for charities of their own choice through our Be Fundraisers initiative.  Be Fundraisers has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2008, and continues to match employees’ fundraising pound for pound up to £100.

Past fundraising efforts have included a range of activities from bungee jumps to the Great North Run and we’re proud that the Be Fundraisers programme has supported individuals as well as team efforts. 

Two recent and rather adventurous fundraising events held by teams from the company include a 63-mile bike ride from Wetherby to Scarborough and the Shelterbox Challenge, which involves carrying a huge box full of emergency supplies for over 72 miles across the 42 Lakeland Peaks.

In these two events alone, 15 employees from our Skipton and Durham offices, as well as site-based employees, have raised over £1,700 for their chosen charities: Shelterbox (a disaster relief charity) and Andrea’s Gift (a Yorkshire based brain tumour research and support charity).

Any employees who would like to find out more about the Be Fundraisers initiative, Be Good Givers payroll giving scheme or volunteering opportunities should contact Sam Wood at the Skipton Office.

Pictured below members of the Shelterbox Challenge team.



Employee volunteers make a difference in the local community

JN Bentley aims to Be A Good Business in every aspect of the way it conductsitself, but recent volunteering initiatives show how employees are really taking this to heart.

Employees from our Durham and Shifnal offices have recently undertaken two rewarding volunteering challenges in their local communities.

In Durham, staff teamed up with employees from client, Northumbrian Water Ltd and three employees from subcontractor, Intelect UK to makeover the facilities of the Box Youth Project, a dedicated youth centre in Sunderland.  The day-long activity included laying block paving the paths around the centre, tidying the garden area and laying new carpet tiles to the entrance.  Intelect UK also kindly donated £1,200 worth of services to the project by fabricating and installing new gates to the premises.

In a similar activity in Shropshire, employees from JN Bentley and Mott MacDonald teamed up with client, Severn Trent Water and another of their contract partners, Enterprise, to support The Walled Garden Project, an educational charity which aims to support children and young people with learning difficulties and special educational needs.  This volunteering challenge involved extensive ground clearance before constructing raised beds and a brick-built barbecue area.

The new facilities created by the projects will be of great benefit to the local community, and it’s great to hear feedback that all employees involved felt very personally rewarded by the experience. 

Any employees who would like to find out more about Be Good Givers, Be Fundraisers or volunteering should contact Sam Wood at the Skipton Office.

Pictured below one of our volunteers block paving the pathway.



JN Bentley team receive recognition for giving back

JN Bentley has been awarded the Silver Quality Mark for supporting employees to give back to their charities of choice through payroll giving.

JN Bentley has recently received the good news that it has achieved a Silver Quality Mark Award because more than 5% of employees are signed up to the Company’s payroll giving scheme (Be Good Givers) which was set up in January 2010.

“We’re delighted with the award of the Silver Quality Mark,” said Samantha Wood who looks after the Company’s corporate responsibility programme.  “More than 7.5% of our employees have already signed up to the scheme since it was launched at our Company seminar in January, which is generating almost £4,200 a year for charities in the UK.  We’re very proud to be able to support our people in giving to charities which are important to them personally by providing them with the payroll giving service and paying the scheme administration fees on their behalf.”

The Company has also just been short-listed for the National Payroll Giving Awards in the Best Launch of a New Scheme category and is keeping its fingers crossed for the announcement of the winner in November this year.

Any employees who would like to find out more about the Be Good Givers payroll giving scheme should contact Sam Wood at the Skipton Office.


JN Bentley wins first contract from new Shropshire office

 JN Bentley has secured a significant highway maintenance contract with Telford and Wrekin Council.

 The win is a great milestone for the company as it represents the first JN Bentley tender won out of our new office in Shropshire. Running for 7 weeks from August to October this year, the contract is worth in the region of £450,000 and is made up of three schemes running concurrently.The schemes involve the planing of existing surfacing and the relaying of new surfacing.  JN Bentley will also be responsible for the associated white lining, kerbing, signage, traffic management and drainage to the 3 sites.

Our team will be using various methods to minimise the disruption to local residents and commuters throughout the schemes, for example by working during the night on the final ‘Stafford Park’ stage. 

Richard Risdon, General Manager of our Midlands region said, “We’re delighted to be working with Telford and Wrekin council on this project, and hope it is the start of many more contract successes in support of the local area”.

Our Shropshire premises were initially set up in June 2009 to best serve client Severn Trent Water as part of the AMP5 contract won by our joint venture subsidiary Mott McDonald Bentley, and have achieved great success.  As we continue to grow, and begin to fulfil our ambitions of expanding our business further in the area, we are proud to have created a number of new job opportunities in the region.


MMB employees and friends take the WaterAid Munro Challenge

A group of MMB employees, subcontractors and friends have scaled new heights to raise funds for WaterAid, the global clean water and sanitation charity.

The 2010 Munro Challenge, which aims to put a team on the top of each of Scotland’s munros and all the mountains over 3,000 feet in England, Wales and Ireland, took place between 12 noon and 2pm on Saturday 12 June 2010.

The MMB team tackled a steep ascent, climbing from 200ft to 3263ft to conquer Beinn Eunaich munro in Argyllshire, Scotland.  The view from the top was stunning, with high altitude snowfall visible, made all the better by the knowledge they’d made a fantastic contribution towards the overall challenge target to raise over £300,000 for WaterAid’s work!Water is essential for life, yet 1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water. WaterAid uses practical solutions to provide clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education to the world’s poorest people.

The MMB Munro Challengers (From left to right): Jane Wallbank, Graeme Carruthers, Andy Girvan, Lewis Girvan, Damian Ireland, Peter Wallbank, Joanne Ireland, Jane Richards, Collin Richards and (centre) Meg the dog.



JN Bentley help 1st Scriven Scout Group to victory

The junior winners of this year’s infamous Knaresborough Bed Race paraded as highly convincing construction workers, with the aid of high visibility jackets supplied by JN Bentley.

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is an annual event made world famous by its colour, costumes and the eccentricity of its entrants, not to mention the courage and endurance of the racing teams taking part. Over recent years the race has featured on several TV programmes including Channel 5, Blue Peter and CNN! 

This year’s race, which aims to raise £80,000 for charity, took place on June 12th.  The race involves a parade of decorated beds (based on a theme) around the town after which the beds are stripped down for the big race. 6 people run pushing the bed and 1 person has to cling on as a passenger.  This year 90 beds ran from far and wide, including a team from Germany and the US Navy. The 2 mile course sees the teams careering around Knaresborough, including a tough run up the infamous Castle Ings, finishing with an icy crossing of the river Nidd. This year’s theme for the parade was ‘occupations’ and the scouts chose ‘construction workers’.  There were 30 cubs and scouts parading all dressed up as road workers with home-made signs and JN Bentley high visibility jackets to complete their look.  The bed was turned into a long section of road with a hole in the middle of it. The scouts won the junior race, coming in 32nd overall, in a time of 17 minutes 50 seconds.



Safety Culture recognised with client award

JN Bentley Ltd has been awarded the Northumbrian Water Ltd (NWL) Framework Contractor Health and Safety Award for 2010.

During 2009-10 JN Bentley carried out around £5 million worth of construction work across the Northumbrian Water region.  NWL praised the company’s “open, pro-active and positive approach” to health and safety, and were particularly impressed by the consistently high safety standards across all sites. 

The average Site Safety Inspection (SSI) score for the year of 4.16 out of a possible 4.9 is the highest score of all contractors inspected over the same period.

JN Bentley was presented with the award by the Chief Executive of Northumbrian Water, Heidi Mottram, as part of the NWL Health & Safety Awareness day held at the Glebe Centre, Murton, County Durham on 9th June. 

We also received a special mention for our active participation in the quarterly NWL Framework Health and Safety Forums and workshops, with continuous improvement and knowledge sharing a key part of maintaining such a safe working relationship.

Philip Bentley, JN Bentley’s General Manager for the North East region said, “We’re delighted to have won this award.  It’s a credit to everyone involved with NWL schemes for their hard work and ongoing commitment to safety.”


It’s all in the pipeline with Anglian Water

Anglian Water Services has now confirmed the renewal of the Special Projects framework contracts for AMP5 and has recently released a press statement announcing: Contractors GTM, JN Bentley, Carillion and Black & Veatch, together with consultants Mott MacDonald, will be supporting Anglian Water to deliver its AMP 5 Special Projects programme of work. This includes new water treatment works, large diameter pipelines, and new sludge treatment centres. Anglian Water’s Director of Asset Management, Chris Newsome said, ”I am pleased to announce that we have renewed the Special Projects frameworks, and look forward to working with our partners to deliver our AMP5 Business Plan.”

JN Bentley is delighted to be part of the Special Projects Team once again in a 5-year partnership worth around £200m.  Significant programmes of work are likely to include a further two pipeline projects from 2012 onwards.

To add icing to the cake, Anglian Water recently picked up two prestigious awards for the Wing Programme (which includes our pipeline project) at the Water Industry Achievement Awards in Birmingham.

The awards won, judged by a panel of water industry experts, were the Partnership Initiative of the Year and the 2010 Award for Outstanding Innovation, which was sponsored by Ofwat.  Both are fantastic achievements for the Wing Team which comprised Anglian Water Services, Mott MacDonald, Galliford Try Imtech and Carillion as well as JN Bentley.

The success in the awards, and the ongoing relationship between JN Bentley and Anglian Water is testament to the significant efforts and hard work of everyone involved in the Wing project