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Cruden Group congratulates the winners at the 2017 EDI Grand Awards

Cruden Group is delighted to congratulate all the winners at the 2017 National Centre for Diversity Grand Awards for best practice and promotion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

The awards, presented at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on March 16th, attended by over 200 people, mark the culmination of another year of achievement on EDI for the National Centre for Diversity. In particular, we congratulate Jo Barton, who has worked closely with Cruden Group over several years, for her award as Investors in Diversity Adviser of the Year.

Cruden Group HR & Training Manager, Michelle Swarbrick accompanied by Kate Large and Barry Curran from our EDI Steering Group were also invited to present at the Conference and Workshops which preceded the Awards Dinner. The conference focused on Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement with some of the UK’s most successful organisations sharing their experiences to help other organisations improve and meet the challenges of embedding EDI in their culture and operations.  

Solat Chaudrey, Chief Executive, National Centre for Diversity said of our input into the Conference and Workshops:  “Feedback tells us that the National Centre for Diversity Conference was a really good event…..all the speakers were excellent. A number of delegates mentioned how ground breaking Cruden’s Escalate model was. Michelle, Kate and Barry were extremely well received.”

With construction widely regarded as being behind other sectors in this important area, it’s great to see that Cruden Group’s commitment to EDI is well established, is so well respected and importantly is helping other organisations to grow and develop.

We are proud of our key EDI achievements. Firstly, to have been shortlisted in the EDI Grand Awards category for the UK’s Most Innovative EDI Initiative of the Year 2017; secondly, to maintain our position in the UK’s top 50 companies for the second year running, being ranked by The National Centre for Diversity as the 40th best company in the UK for EDI, and thirdly for being the first UK construction company to achieve the National Centre for Diversity’s “Leaders in Diversity” accreditation.  

Michelle also joined a very high quality panel for the ‘Question Time’ segment with delegates. Solat added:  “Michelle carried herself really well and clearly had the respect of the audience. Keep it up Michelle and Cruden. You are an inspiration”.