Social Value Quality Mark CIC has presented its Silver Award to Carnell – a provider of specialist services for the UK’s road network. This achievement demonstrates their contribution to the economy and the environment, while supporting the education, health and wellbeing of its people and the communities in which they work.

National Highways Procurement Director, Andrew Stephenson and SVQM CIC Managing Director, Richard Dickens met with Carnell at their offices earlier this week to discuss social value ahead of the award presentation.

Andrew Stephenson commented, “Championing social value through our partnerships and supply chain can make a positive difference for road users, residents, the environment, and the economy. We commend Carnell for creating a positive difference and making their social value pledges a reality, because how we deliver is just as important as what we deliver.”

To achieve Silver, Carnell presented proof of the value added through their work across several themes. Other measures required them to show ethical decision-making and supply chain practices.

The awarding panel were particularly impressed by Carnell’s work on the A38 Fradley Scheme for National Highways in the Midlands. As principal contractor, Carnell led several initiatives including:

  • Significant local spend on materials; renting compound space from the National Memorial Arboretum.
  • Using solar-powered generators and renewable fuels for site offices.
  • Employing two full-time highway maintenance apprentices on the scheme.
  • Hosting a STEM site visit for a local pupil referral unit (PRU).
  • Collaborating with National Highways supply chain partners to deliver several community initiatives.

Andrew Sharp, Managing Director at Carnell remarked, “Achieving the Silver Award shows another significant step in our mission to inspire clients and suppliers to be as passionate about social value as we are. We will continue to evolve our pledges and improve the outcomes. Our decisions will remain focused on reducing our carbon footprint, supporting young people into skills and investing in the local economy, while keeping ethical decision-making and business practices at the core of our values.”