Crown Highways is proudly celebrating after being named Lichfield & Tamworth Large Business of the Year 2020 at the Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield and Tamworth (SLT) Chambers’ awards.
The winners of the fourth annual awards were revealed at a glittering event at The Belfry Hotel & Resort.
Crown Highways was founded in 1994 and has grown over 25 years to employ over 130 employees and support many major highways infrastructure projects across the UK.
In January 2019, Crown was awarded its first-ever contracts as a direct Tier 1 contractor by Highways England.
Crown Highways have been Lichfield & Tamworth Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce members since 2018 and have supported the organisation through sponsorship of its annual awards (Lichfield & Tamworth Small Business of the Year 2019 & 2020) and Managing Director Mike Dale was a judge for the 2019 Solihull Chamber Awards.
The key to victory…
The successful award for Crown Highways stemmed from both excellence in business practice and achievement, as well as continued contribution to the local community and economy.
Apprentices and opportunities
As members of the 5% club, Crown have seven apprentices within the company all from the local area, and they are running four separate apprenticeship programmes (Electrical engineering, Quantity Surveying, General Administration and Vehicle mechanics).
As the company grows further Crown endeavours to increase this number to ensure more young workers come into the highways industry.
Community work and projects
The local Chasetown/Burntwood area is home to the organisation and Crown Highways take pride in supporting a number of great initiatives in the area:
- Continuing to sponsor Chasetown Football Club – this year Crown has sponsored the first team kit, all 32 junior age group team kits and helped purchase new home and away dugouts.
- Each year crown Highways hosts a Sportsman’s dinner and golf day where all proceeds are donated to Chasetown Football Club. Between the two events this year Crown Highways raised an amazing £5,500.
- At Christmas, Crown Highways assist in putting up the main Christmas tree on the Burntwood roundabout in coordination with the Rotary Club. In January they also provided staff and vehicles to collect 300 Christmas Trees for the John Taylor Hospice Charity raising £2,500.
- Each year Crown support the Ronald McDonald House Charity with attendance at the annual ball, it is a fantastic event which raises life-changing amounts of money.
In addition to Crown’s community work, the company’s everyday standards of excellence are paramount to their award victory.
In 2019 Crown has achieved the following:
- ISO 45001:2018 accreditation (transition from OHSAS 18001:2007) – Health & Safety Management
- ISO 44001:2017 accreditation – Collaborative Business Relationships
- RoSPA Gold Achievement award – achieved a very high level of performance, demonstrating well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss
- Bronze FORS accreditation – demonstrating dedication to driver and vehicle safety, combined with improving operating practices through effective monitoring of fuel and tyre usage
- Lantra / City & Guilds training school accreditation
- Award of two major Highways England framework contracts worth £3m per annum for four years
- New membership of CECA Midlands – Civil Engineering Contractors Association
Mike Dale, Crown MD told us:
“This award means a lot to us as we put a great emphasis on representing the midlands and our local community with pride. Boosting the local economy and providing opportunities to local people is at the core of what we do.
“When we can combine these values and ideals with delivery and substance it leads to awards like this as we continue to grow, develop and achieve as a business.”