26th Of June by Sam Torr
P&A Group of Companies have doubled up on its accolades, by winning the Finance Wales Responsible Small Business of the Year Award. The P&A Group have been recognised at this year’s Wales Responsible Business Awards for its outstanding commitment to responsible business practice.
The P&A Group of Companies received the prestigious accolade at the awards ceremony held at Cardiff City Stadium, on Thursday 25th June. The award was presented to Operations Director, Rhys Hughes and Marketing Manager Janet Major. Part of one of the UK’s longest-running and most respected awards schemes, the award recognises smaller businesses achieving commercial success, whilst still making a positive difference in the community and the environment. The award identifies companies that demonstrate a holistic, responsible approach to business within four realms- community, environment, marketplace and workplace.
Within the community, P&A have contributed massively to charity, specifically The Alzheimer’s Society. A number of people who work within or are highly associated with the group of companies have participated in a number of high profile events, in an effort to raise a significant amount for donation. Giving hundreds of hours in voluntary work to the community, including taking part in BITC’s Give and Gain Day, by giving a Caia Park’s Wrexham nursery’s play area a much needed facelift and revamp. As well as supporting local schools and educational events, P&A took part in Responsible Business week, which saw thirty-four students join us for a tour round the workplace from the Alun high school, Mold.
The P&A Group have always aimed to leave as little impact on the environment as possible and this year has been no exception. We implemented a key performance indicator to reduce the amount of wood sent to landfill by 100%. We successfully achieved this and continue to achieve our 0% timber waste policy. From reusing rain water, to installing four biomass boilers and four 30kW solar panel systems, we continue to lead by example in the industry.
In the marketplace, P&A have established themselves in a number of ways, most notably our consistency to design and produce premium gardening and outdoor living products, without the premium price. With our entire range of timber products, produced using only FSC® certified timber, we have continued to cement ourselves firmly within the industry, whilst sending a clear statement of intent, for how we approach the way in which the P&A Group of Companies is run.
The same goes for the efforts we’ve made in the workplace. We strive to be employers of choice, putting a huge amount of focus into employee training and development. From cultural diversity, encouraging women to work in what has been a predominantly male environment. Offering graduates work placements and making apprenticeships available to safeguard future growth, P&A have assembled a diverse and equal opportunities workforce.
Photography – Paul Fears Photography