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Willmott Dixon opens doors for Birmingham business

SWM members, Willmott Dixon, has awarded a contract to Shelforce to supply all UPVC double glazed windows for the Capital Works contracts it undertakes through the Constructing West Midlands (CWM) Framework. Shelforce, originally known as the Royal Institute of the Blind, has been in operation since the 1830’s and currently 75 per cent of its workforce have a disability. Shelforce provides meaningful employment to help individuals provide a sustainable future for themselves and their families. The contract has, to date, secured £300k of revenue for the Erdington Industrial Park-based business. Shelforce business manager, Howard Trotter, said: ”As a leading manufacturer of window, door and curtain-walling systems in PVCu and aluminium, we are proud to have a unique approach to business which sees support given to individuals with disability.  The contract with Willmott Dixon has meant a steady stream of work to which our team are delighted.”   Willmott Dixon customer and community partner in the Midlands, Victoria Young, said: “We were impressed by the quality of products being made at Shelforce and they met our contract requirements. It is also good to see the level of training and development commitment provided by the business to secure skills for individual benefit.  As a business we seek to provide a lasting legacy in the communities in which we work and this contract demonstrates and matches our values.” This contract comes after the community actions of Willmott Dixon staff received a Royal seal of approval, with the company achieving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. One of the areas highlighted by judges in making the award was the £1 million worth of community investment made by the company and staff each year to local good causes. The company has also received recognition after scooping gold in the ‘Excellence in Social Responsibility’ category of the prestigious Investors in People awards, whilst also recently receiving Business in the Community’s Community Mark with commendation for its societal benefit programme.  

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