Breedon Group Plc: A blueprint for a better workplace

by | Nov 21, 2022

Breedon Group Plc is a leading construction materials group operating in over 350 locations across Ireland and Great Britain. The company produces essential materials that make a fundamental difference to the everyday lives of people everywhere.

For the first six months of 2022, Breedon announced a strong set of results, with Group revenue in this period up by 12%.

Rob Wood, Breedon Group’s CEO stated: “Crucially, we achieved this strong outturn while keeping our people safe and well. We have continued to invest in our team as we prepare for our next chapter of growth and that was reflected in our recent engagement survey where response and engagement rates were the highest ever.”

Breedon has ambitious plans to become even bigger and more successful in the future. An integral part of these plans is the people it employs.

Breedon endeavours to develop its own staff from within whilst also attracting talented people into the organisation to help a build sustainable future.

Recently in Ireland, Breedon has embarked on an employer brand campaign called ‘Inside Breedon’ to promote itself as a ‘preferred employer’ within the construction industry in Ireland.

As part of that campaign, we travelled to some of the many locations around the country, speaking to Breedon employees to get a glimpse into what working for one of the leading construction material groups in Ireland and Great Britain, really means.

‘Breedon give you the freedom to best manage your workload by making your own decisions.’

James Neale
Weighbridge Operator, Breedon Cement Works, Kinnegad

James Neale, Weighbridge Operator, Breedon Cement Works, Kinnegad

We asked James what makes for a healthy workplace and why Breedon ticks the boxes for him.

“For me, Breedon are about doing what’s right and best for their employees, bringing the balance of hard work and also allowing you the space to thrive in your time off. I started as a trainee CCR Operator and have been in my current position as a Weighbridge Operator for the last 11 months.

“What’s reassuring is that Breedon recognise the potential in people and reward their ambition, so it doesn’t go to waste. The staff are certainly encouraged to progress within the company and I’m actually in the process of applying for a new job within Breedon now which will give me more responsibility at a time when I feel ready and have the support to do so.

“The job can be hectic and demanding so being backed by a friendly team on a day when you can have 40 loads to deliver is essential for efficiency. The great thing is Breedon give you the freedom to best manage your workload by making your own decisions, that makes a big difference to me.

“I have suffered from anxiety at times but when I brought this to the company’s attention, they fully supported me, meaning I didn’t have to shoulder the burden alone. They really care about everyone that’s here.”

Throughout Ireland, the trusted names of Lagan Asphalt, Lagan Materials and Whitemountain Quarries will now be operating as Breedon Ireland. Three of the biggest names in the industry now making a material difference as one. Stronger together.

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