Porterbrook Leasing Company

With a diverse portfolio of around 4,000 vehicles, our vision is to be the UK's leading rolling stock asset management company.
http://www.porterbrook.com

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Asset management and engineering business, Porterbrook Leasing Company keeps the UK moving every day. Established as part of the privatisation of British Rail, it has been the heart of the UK rail network for more than 25 years and owns over a quarter of the national passenger rail fleet.

Headquartered in Derby with an office in London, Porterbrook has so far invested over £3bn in more than 2,500 new passenger and freight vehicles, including the UK's first hydrogen-powered train, HydroFLEX, developed in partnership with the University of Birmingham, introduced in 2019.

More than three quarters of the 150-strong team are engineers and project managers and more than a third of the workforce is female, including chief executive Mary Grant, who led the private sector firm's “family-first approach” to supporting staff through the pandemic and encouraged volunteering to help the local community. Grant began a weekly vlog to keep staff abreast of what was going on and to ask how they were coping. She also spearheaded the 25 press ups for 25 days challenge to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Porterbrook, which was awarded Investors in People Gold accreditation in December, takes a listen-and-learn approach to creating a high performance culture from hearing people's views in staff forums led by the boss to involving the team in focus groups on areas from health and wellbeing to flexible working and reward and recognition. The flexible working group has developed guidelines for a hybrid of office and home working post pandemic.

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My Company

96% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

An instant values-led recognition scheme has been introduced to recognise staff going above and beyond. Nominations can be made by peers or line managers with the recipient receiving a personalised “thank you” card and shopping vouchers plus a shout out each quarter on the intranet.

Wellbeing

66% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

In addition to a Wellbeing Week and personal resilience and mindset webinars, Porterbrook has promoted free workouts that staff might enjoy doing at home with their and run virtual social events including quizzes. It also arranged regular welfare checks on staff living alone.

Giving Something Back

96% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

In response to Covid-19 Porterbrook increased the limit on its Cycle to Work scheme from £1,000 to £5,000 to encourage staff to bike in. It also installed electric car charging points at its Derby office and is reviewing the company car fleet with a view to being carbon neutral.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1994
Total number of employees
2
Number of UK locations
44
Employee average age
67% : 33%
Male : Female employee ratio
83%
Employees earning £35k+
6%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

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