Established in 1976 as a building surveying partnership providing professional services to housing associations and local authorities, Baily Garner has developed into a modern, forward-thinking construction consultancy employing over 190 staff across offices in London and Birmingham and serving clients nationwide.
The practice now comprises architects, quantity surveyors, employer's agents, project managers, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineers and principal designers. Working in a wide range of sectors, including housing, education, care, health, blue light and commercial, Baily Garner has a portfolio of projects ranging in value from £5,000 to over £400m.
It is primarily people that make Baily Garner a great place to work and the business is immensely proud of what the team achieves with support to grow. The practice supports young people by giving opportunities to school leavers, apprentices, placement students and graduates to gain practical, on-the-job experience whilst they complete academic and professional study, and develops leaders from the pool of qualified people created. A significant number of current partners joined the organisation in junior roles and have risen through the ranks.
Baily Garner is aware of its responsibility to local stakeholders, communities it serves and the wider environmental impact of its actions, so has developed a CSR commitment, including giving staff two days each per year to use for volunteering and community projects.
“We are delighted to have been awarded 2-star accreditation by Best Companies for ‘outstanding’ engagement. At Baily Garner, we pride ourselves on attracting and nurturing talent, so it’s fantastic to hear that our people feel valued as that’s really important to us. This is the first time we’ve carried out a Best Companies survey since we last made the list of Top 50 SMEs in 2004. Our organisation has changed a lot since then, especially over the last 5 years with some changes in leadership, so it’s great that our staff feel engaged with what we are trying to achieve.”- Andy Tookey, Managing Partner
Everyone in Baily Garner has a line manager who they meet with every 4-6 weeks, on an individual basis to check and measure their progress against the company’s objectives, as well as discuss anything else that will help that individual become better at whatever they do. The business has a great reputation for excellent training within the sector with a strong in-house programme of competencies, support and learning opportunity as well as access to a Learning & Development Manager.
Mental Health First Aid England delivered a half-day Mental Health Awareness workshop to several managers, as well as Mental Health First Aider training for volunteers. All people managers have attended workshops to help monitor an individual’s wellbeing and be vigilant for signs that someone is struggling. All Baily Garner staff are regularly encouraged by management to switch off from work, go for walks and engage in virtual social events.
Baily Garner recognises people as individuals. As a result, they provide the vision, support and guidance to help each individual identify their own strengths and set them on that journey with training to become as good as they can be. In some cases, this has meant complete career changes from administrative roles to technical ones or shifts from one discipline to another to suit an individual skill set. All the individual must do is work at their new career trajectory, studying, learning and practising as they go.
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