Hodgson Sayers Ltd won People Development of the Year Award in 2015

Established in 1979 primarily as a roofing contractor, Hodgson Sayers Ltd has diversified to include building works, fencing and metal fabrication, working mostly throughout the North East, but also undertaking specific projects across the UK.


Over the last 35 years they have demonstrated their commitment to people by developing their employees through training and fully funded education, promoting from within whenever possible. Over 50% of their management team started as apprentices including their Executive Chairman and Managing Director. Apprentices currently undergoing training represent over 15% of their workforce.


Hodgson Sayers Ltd believe that by involving, empowering, and communicating clearly with their team the core values of Honesty, Decency and Integrity and by using ISO methodology they can maximise opportunities and minimise risks during their ambitious long-term growth process. By fostering and rewarding a culture of continual progression and improvement throughout the business, they create an environment where innovation can thrive.


The Senior Management Team comprising the Chairman, Managing Director, Financial Manager and Office Manager share responsibility for the strategic planning, learning and career pathway development, continual appraisal and reward management, overseeing a growth from fewer than 50 employees during 2009 to over 100 within 5 years.

Throughout their career with the company Hodgson Sayers Ltd continually train, update skills and bring awareness of technical, safety and legal developments in the construction industry through the use of regular ‘tool box talks’ and other educative sessions either on site or in their own training facility.

The inspiring stories of their people include an apprentice from 1982 developing to Contract Manager leading their multi-million Flat Roofing Division, a roofing operative recruited in 1993 progressing to Managing Director 20 years later, a 16 year old bricklayer apprentice from 2003 gaining a distinction HND pass in 2015 and an Olympic Gold Medal winning football captain.

Well done Hodgson Sayers!

John Sayers, Managing Director at Hodgson Sayers said:

“There have been huge advantages to entering the Chamber Business Awards. The level of coverage and the awareness that it’s raised is something we could not achieve through our own efforts alone. It would be hard to put a cost on it in terms of an advertising equivalent, but it’s significant.

Due to the level of employee interest and wishing to carry this momentum forward, we are now seriously looking at the potential to launch our own internal awards scheme in 2016.

While all the publicity has attracted interest from potential new customers, what has been really satisfying is the fact that a large number of customers that we have worked for in previous years have been in touch to renew contact and discuss fresh opportunities.”

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