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Henry Group seeks fresh talent to keep foundations strong

Article first published in the Business Post on Sunday, 12 September 2021

The platinum-winning family-run construction and manufacturing group has a track record in the pursuit of excellence, and it intends to keep it that way.

Henry Group is on the lookout for skilled professionals suited to the company’s highly collaborative, team-driven culture. As one of the platinum winners in Ireland’s Best Managed Companies awards programme, Henry Group takes pride in employing people from all backgrounds, including apprentices, and offering all staff ongoing training and development, according to David Henry, the company’s managing director. Henry Group employs more than 200 people in a number of manufacturing and construction companies. Henry Brothers, the largest of these companies, partners with clients on construction projects spanning education, defence, commercial, industrial, transport and healthcare.

Projects currently under way include a £4 million extension at Glossopdale School in Britain, funded by Derbyshire County Council, and a new research and development facility at the University of Lincoln. Recently completed projects include the iconic Lanyon Plaza mixed-use development in Belfast city centre and the historical Antrim Castle Gardens.Headquartered in Magherafelt, Henry Group has offices in Belfast, Glasgow and Nottingham. The company was established in 1976 by David Henry’s father Jim.

The vision, leadership and determination demonstrated by Jim Henry has helped Henry Group to grow into one of the most successful construction businesses in Northern Ireland with a projected turnover of more than £85 million for the current financial year. Jim’s children have devoted their working lives to the business, with David succeeding his father in the role of managing director in 2000 and four of Jim’s grandchildren now working in the family business as it transitions to the third generation."

Jim founded Henry Group on his values and these values continue to underpin the ethos of our business as Jim maintains the role of chairman,” David Henry said.

The Henry Group values include high-quality construction, integrity and innovation. “We strive to deliver the best in a safe working environment, and work collaboratively to achieve the best possible end product, demonstrating strong ethical standards with openness,honesty, respect and dependability,” Henry said.

“Our colleagues, communities, clients, and supply chain know what they can expect. These values have been the bedrock of our relationships with our long-standing construction partners and are largely responsible for providing repeat business.”

Henry is particularly proud of the high rate of staff retention across the group, which has some long-standing employees who have worked in various roles for Henry Group for over 40 years.

“We are always on the lookout for talented people to join our great team of employees,” he said. “There is a real shortage of young people entering construction and this does not bode well for the future of the industry.

“We are engaging with our local schools and colleges and are keen to recruit new apprentices and develop them to support their long-term careers.” Sustainability is also embedded in all strategic decision-making at Henry Group and represented at all stages of the project lifecycle.

Commenting on the Henry Group’s success in the platinum category of this year’s Best Managed Companies awards programme, Allen Reid, group finance director, said the accolade was a tremendous source of pride for the
business.

“Achieving platinum status from Deloitte, as a highly-reputable third party, is particularly pleasing as it provides further assurances to all of our stakeholders that Henry Group Northern Ireland is a strong, financially stable and well-managed business,” Reid said.

This article first featured in the Business Post on Sunday, 12 September.

Applications for next year’s programme will open in January 2022. For more information about the programme, visit our website or email the team at iebmc@deloitte.ie.

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