Bell Group launch their first Decorating Hubb

Bell Group recently helped students transform a derelict wing at the rear of the school into the newly launched Bell Decorating Hubb: a buzzy learning area where, students can feel inspired to learn and challenge themselves to develop new skills.

The Hubb gives learners an insight into the industry at an early stage, allowing them to make an informed decision about their future career plans, and has got off to a great start many participants helping in the renovation showing a real interest and desire to pursue a career in painting and decorating!

Hubb workshops are designed to be interactive with practical and engaging activities and includes involvement from Bell supply chain and other local contractors. Learners work towards completing a Task Book and receive a Certificate of Completion which can be included within applications for Apprenticeships or College courses as a demonstration of prior learning.

One of Bell’s key business objectives is to provide opportunities for all. As an inclusive and socially ethical employer they embrace a responsibility to drive progress within the industry and continue to develop new concepts that promote the industry as a viable employment route for everyone.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with the school to open up opportunities to learners. As a business we feel a strong responsibility to drive progress within the industry and continue to develop new concepts that promote construction as a viable employment route for everyone.

Craig Bell, Bell Group Chief Executive

The Hubb will continue to be generously supported by Crown Paints who not only donated paint and materials for the workshop makeover but will also be providing valuable workshops to the learners throughout each year.

The Link School is delighted to be working with Bell Group as our local enterprise partner and both the staff and learners are looking forward to developing new skills and experiences as the Hubb develops. This is an innovative and exciting opportunity for our young people to learn practical skills with the support of experienced professionals and will give them a positive route into a possible future career in the industry

Mrs G Nesbitt – Associate Senior Leader / Careers Lead, The Link School

Places for People, Fire Risk Assessments

How Bell Group use eLearning to keep staff safe, happy and productive

At Bell we understand our people are our greatest assets, and that’s why we take the safety, health and wellbeing of our staff incredibly seriously.

We have always had a social conscience and tried to use the work that we do to make a positive impact. I see many businesses today trying to emulate us, but fundamentally, you have to believe in the work you are doing and it has to form part of the DNA of your business if you want to drive real change.

Craig Bell, Chief Executive

We’ve been using iHASCO, a market-leading provider of workplace eLearning, for the past 18 months as part of our wider Health & Safety strategy for which they offer concise, video-based training that helps our 1800 employees understand their Health & Safety responsibilities, helping us to create a safer workforce.

We use a wide range of iHASCO’s core Health & Safety courses, including Fire Awareness, Working at Height and Asbestos Awareness. We also offer staff a range of HR Compliance courses, including Mental Health Awareness  to help to raise awareness of mental health and the support available should they or others need it; Equality & Diversity training to develop employees understanding of the importance of diversity and our expectations as an organisation; Environmental Awareness; DSE and Fire Awareness; and GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).

Courses like Asbestos Awareness and Legionella Awareness teach our staff how to react should there be an incident when on-site. The way we see it, if our staff are safer on the job, then so are our clients!

Whilst we understand that there is a lot more to Health & Safety than online learning iHASCO’s offering has allowed us to train all staff across the group in a cost-effective and time efficient manner. Their LMS allows for easy tracking and reporting and our staff have given us fantastic feedback on the courses, rating iHASCO 4.6 out 5 overall. We couldn’t ask for much more from a provider!

Julie Lawrenson, Bell Group National Training & Development Manager

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Bell Group & Curo launch ‘Love Snow Hill’ in Bath

The community of Snow Hill came together at the Gateway Centre in Bath last week to celebrate the launch of #LoveSnowHill, a year-long programme of exciting activities and events that will improve and brighten up the estate’s gardens and outdoor spaces.

Organised by the newly formed Snow Hill Residents’ Association in partnership with Bell Group and housing association Curo, residents and local volunteers – including local Police Community Support Officers Gemma and Chloe – spent the day planting 900 spring-flowering tulip bulbs across the estate.

This was followed by the official launch where residents took part in making bee box hotels under the watchful eyes of Bathscape and Avon Wildlife Trust, and planted bulbs for the home, assisted by Aaron from Avon Greens.

The Residents’ Association are encouraging members of their community to get involved in all the great events that are planned for the next year. These include establishing a forest school, setting up a regular gardening club for children and adults, and harvesting the wildflower meadows that have recently been planted all over the estate.

Local garden designer Rosie Nottage, along with the Bathscape project, will be helping the residents turn the Snow Hill estate into a beautiful haven for wildlife and bio-diversity that can be enjoyed by the whole community.

Rowan Edwards, Chair of the Residents’ Association, said: “We are so excited to launch the Love Snow Hill project and get our estate looking beautiful. Snow Hill has an unfortunate long-standing reputation of having issues and we are working really hard to change this. We are focusing on addressing a lot of the legacy problems and showing that we do have a wonderful community of people, determined for change. You can join us by going to”

Julie Evans, Curo Executive Director of Property Services, said: “The resident-led Love Snow Hill project is a brilliant example of what happens when a community gets together and comes up with their own great ideas. Snow Hill has a fantastic community spirit and I’m really looking forward to seeing these ideas become a reality over the year.”

Jon Wiltshire, Regional Manager Bell Group UK (Bristol) said: “We are delighted to be supporting the residents as they improve their community and create a safe, beautiful and welcoming environment in which they can live and play. As the main contractor leading the re-roofing works on the estate we can’t wait to get stuck in to all the fantastic events planned for next year.”

Lucy Bartlett, Bathscape Community Projects Officer said: “Bathscape and our partner Avon Wildlife Trust are really excited to be working with Snow Hill residents over the next few years. We’ll be creating a forest school area and helping to keep the new meadow area full of wild flowers and great for bees and other wildlife.”

Bell Group receive Ministry of Defence Silver ERS Award

Bell Group are delighted to be one of eleven Scottish employers that received a top award from the Ministry of Defence for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces.

We were presented with the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award at a black-tie dinner in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle 14th November 2019. The prestigious accolade is the second-highest badge of honour available to organisations that employ and support Reservists, service leavers, Veterans and their families.

In Pic………. (c) Wullie Marr Photography

Guests were welcomed to the Great Hall by Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Clark, the Commander of Edinburgh Garrison before each employer received their ERS Silver award from Major General Simon Brooks-Ward, CVO, OBE, TD, VR, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets) – the most senior Armed Forces Reservist in the UK.

Those in attendance also enjoyed a performance from the George Heriot’s Pipe Band and the Royal Marines Band and were given an insight into how fellow employers supported their Reservists, and the business benefits of part-time military personnel, through a number of speeches during the evening.   

The audience heard from Flying Officer Ashley Brooks of 1756 (Broxburn) Squadron on his role as an Adult Volunteer with the RAF Air Cadets before Major Scott Menzies, a Reservist with 6 SCOTS and a pilot with Loganair, spoke about his dual role as a Reservist and an employee. 

Each Silver Award winner has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment to supporting Defence through services, policy and projects.

Employers have gone above and beyond with their support through engaging with initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the Armed Forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists.

In Pic………. (c) Wullie Marr Photography

Bell Group, provides flexible work packages for all staff including those that are part of the Armed Forces. All staff are supported during deployment and the company supports charities including the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust (RNBT) and the Royal British Legion.

Bell Group CEO, Craig Bell, said: “Bell Group continues to have a strong partnership with the Armed Forces and are proud to have redecorated, maintained and refurbished accommodation, service and support buildings for the Armed Forces for over 20 years. We believe this is an important part of our business activity.

“As a family owned business we believe in, and invest in, our employees. We provide flexibility to many staff serving with the Armed Forces, support them during deployment and actively recruit from service leavers who, we know from experience, have the skill and attitude we seek as an employer.

“Bell Group is very proud to have been awarded the Ministry of Defence’s ERS Silver Award, one of the highest accolades for supporting the Armed Forces community.”

Decoration and refurbishment to hotel event suites

Taunton School, Internal Redecorations

Linthouse Housing Association

RH & RW Clutton

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