Chief Executive's statement

In the past year we have continued our commitment to operating Bellway in a responsible, and ethical way, while at the same time building attractive, desirable and sustainable developments in which customers want to live.

As one of the UK’s largest homebuilders, we have an important role to play in addressing the national housing shortage and this has been another record year for the company, with the number of new Bellway homes sold increasing by 5.7% to 10,892.

To achieve this growth we now operate from 22 divisions covering the main population centres across England, Scotland and Wales and our average direct employees have grown by 6.1%. When we include indirect and induced employment across our sub-contractors and suppliers, we estimate that between 30,000 and 34,000 jobs were supported as a result of our operations.

The hard work, dedication and skill of all those who work with Bellway has been instrumental in making the past 12 months so successful and we have been recognised in a number of ways:

  • We retained 5 star homebuilder status from the Home Builder Federation for the third year running, demonstrating our commitment to customer service.
  • 42 Bellway site managers were recognised in the NHBC Pride in the Job awards while 12 site managers collected NHBC Health and Safety awards.
  • Our partnership with Cancer Research UK was recognised for the second year running, winning the Corporate Fundraising Team of the Year at the charity’s Flame of Hope awards.

Each year we set ourselves a range of CR targets and 2018/19 saw some notable successes as we continue to embed CR within our business:

  • Completed the programme to replace all fork lifts on site with models fitted with 55 kW engines, delivering fuel and carbon savings.
  • Switched to LED lights in all new showhomes to reduce energy use and carbon.
  • Retained the highest rank in the WWF’s Timber Scorecard 2019 (3 Trees), one of only five national homebuilders to achieve this score.
  • Continued to focus on waste recycling, improving our waste diversion rate to 98.4% (2018 – 98.1%).
  • Improved our RIDDOR seven-day reportable incident rate to 324.87 incidents per 100,000 site operatives (2018 – 404.02), the third year in a row we have reduced this rate.
  • Hit our £1 million fundraising and donation target for Cancer Research UK 6 months early, ending the year at £1.275 million.

We remain committed to improving our CR credentials as we continue to grow our business in a sustainable manner. If you have any comments about our approach to CR we would welcome your feedback.

Jason Honeyman

Chief Executive