SMG is the 700th company to sign the Scottish Business Pledge

Posted on: Jan 31, 2020

Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn, visited Stewart Milne Group to celebrate its accolade as the 700th business to sign up to the Scottish Business Pledge.

As one of the UK’s leading independent home builders and timber systems manufacturers, the Group has a long-established reputation for quality, excellence in customer care and innovation. Originally established in 1975 with just 6 employees, today the Stewart Milne Group employs over 1,000 people across the UK, with locations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as south of the border in Manchester and Oxford.

From the beginning, Stewart Milne Group has been passionate about being a desirable employer including offering attractive perks and benefits such as nine-day fortnights, lifestyle discounts and private medical insurance.

Karen Catto (HR Director), Stuart MacGregor (CEO), Jamie Hepburn (Minister for Business, Fair Work & Skills) and James Crawford (Managing Director, Homes Central Scotland). 


The homebuilder already adheres to many of the commitments found in the Business Pledge such as no zero-hour contracts and paying the living wage and is thrilled to officially be signed on.

In addition, Stewart Milne Group is passionate about reducing the gender pay gap and has worked hard to tackle this year-on-year. Recognised for its efforts in reducing the pay gap by Mr Hepburn, the most recent report on pay inequality highlighted a 4.8% improvement, from 18.1% to 13.3%. This is significantly lower than the construction sectors average of 23.6%.

Proud of these statistics, the Group looks to empower all employees to reach their full potential and has introduced several training programmes to attract more people to a career within the construction industry, regardless of their gender.

The introduction of the Fast Track Modern Apprenticeship and the Graduate Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment programme provide alternative routes into senior roles at Stewart Milne Group, whilst the in-house Managing People for Growth (MPFG) training programme helps upskill participants throughout their career.

Chief Executive Officer, Stuart MacGregor said: “Stewart Milne Group has long prided itself in being an attractive employer and a real competitor within the construction industry for workers benefits. Over the years our quality customer service and training programmes have been celebrated in industry awards and accreditations, but we wanted to cement what we were doing for our employees and industry partners by signing the pledge.

“The Scottish Business Pledge sits perfectly with the Stewart Milne ethos and values. Our commitment to attracting people into the industry and providing the best training, mentoring and learning experience, can only be strengthened by signing up to the pledge and we look forward to introducing more elements and ultimately becoming the leading example of best practise for the UK construction industry.”