Northern Gas and Power, the leading national energy-procurement specialist, headquartered on Gateshead Quays, is partnering with Inclusion Week, which runs nationally from 27 September nationally through until 3 October.
This week-long national celebration aims to raise awareness of inclusion in the workplace and was created by Inclusive Employers who organise the campaign each year.
Northern Gas and Power is the UK arm of Global Procurement Group, and recently moved into the new Riga building on Gateshead Quayside, taking four floors as it continues its expansion plans following continued growth.
From its creation in 2013 by founder Fokhrul Islam, the business has consistently grown headcount; from one in 2013, to 40 in 2015, then 75 people a year later, reaching 140 in 2017. Currently circa 400 people are based across the UK with headcount exceeding 800 globally, with the aim of employing up to 1,000 by the end of 2021. The business spans three continents with operations in Paris and Texas and technology hubs in Malta and India. Latest research points to roughly 30 different nationalities working for the company.
The 2021 theme for National Inclusion Week is United For Inclusion. It is about bringing people and organisations together to share learning and best practice to reach the shared goal of making inclusion an everyday reality. Last year over 2,000 organisations took part in National Inclusion Week.
Amongst the activities Northern Gas and Power has planned for National Inclusion Week are the creation of diversity networking groups as well as bringing all the UK teams together at the HQ for a day of celebration. During the week, there will also be a pizza and movie day and early finish, followed by a big inter-company celebration in the evening.
On a more strategic level, the company will get feedback and insights from its people through a short survey during the week, allowing the business to understand better the views on culture and inclusion. A new, dedicated web resource aimed to focus on the inclusive company culture is also planned for launch.
As a finale to the business week, the company has worked with Gateshead Council to light up the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge in its company colours to cap off the celebrations.
Brendan Garvey, Northern Gas and Power’s Chief People Officer, said: “Inclusivity impacts on businesses in every way. This week provides a great reminder and incentive to us as a global business to continually improve our open culture of tolerance, diversity and inclusion.
“During the week we will be bringing our people together to celebrate Inclusion in its widest sense. Although we are an amazingly diverse and distinct business; through our involvement in this week-long celebration, we can identify how to develop the I&D agenda even further over the coming year. Inclusion needs to be reinforced every single day.”
Cllr Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council, said “Embracing inclusion means being an open, welcoming community in every sense. We as a council actively encourage a tolerant and diverse culture – one which ensures everyone is supported, regardless of race, age, gender, or sexuality. Embracing this kind of culture is important to establishing successful businesses.
“As a large (and growing) employer that has committed its future to our region, we are pleased to see Northern Gas and Power fostering an inclusive culture. We join them in their support of Inclusion Week and hope that their lighting of Gateshead Millennium Bridge this Friday reinforces and celebrates this spirit of openness and inclusion – one we should all be supporting.”
Rupert Moyne, Managing Director – Corporate Services, Inclusive Employers, said: “I’m delighted that Northern Gas and Power is joining employers around the world by taking part in National Inclusion Week 2021.
“Many of us have spent the past twelve months working remotely and I therefore hope that United For Inclusion, the 2021 theme of National Inclusion Week, brings us closer to our colleagues and other organisations as we together celebrate, share and inspire inclusion practices.”