The Portakabin Group Wins Award For Business Excellence

The performance of the Portakabin Group and its continued success and expansion
has been recognised with an Excellence in Business Award at the Yorkshire Post
Business Awards 2015.

The award for ‘Best Company with a Turnover over £50 million’ was presented by
Archbishop John Sentamu at a ceremony in Leeds attended by more than 200 guests and
hosted by the BBC Today Programme presenter, Justin Webb.

This latest accolade for the Portakabin Group follows a number of significant awards this
year which have included Yorkshire’s Environmental Business of the Year.

The award judges carried out a thorough business assessment of the company, which
looked at its financial performance, and its approach to innovation, customer service,
leadership and employee development, and risk management.

Derek Carter, Chief Executive of the Portakabin Group said, “This award is testament to the
hard work and commitment of our 1,700 employees and to the Shepherd family who have
supported the business for more than 50 years. We will continue to grow our operations both
in the UK and in our European markets to ensure we remain at the forefront of the modular
building sector.”

“Portakabin is a great British manufacturing brand which now operates in seven countries.
Our values of teamwork, integrity, commitment and innovation are reflected across the entire
business and have contributed to our success and strong financial performance in a
challenging economic climate. We are immensely proud to achieve further independent
recognition of that with this prestigious award.”


The Portakabin Group’s successes have included:

Apprenticeships– a series of awards for its commitment to apprenticeships. Plans are
now in place to establish a ‘Portakabin Group Training Academy’ to attract more young
talent into the business.

- Community relations – a range of voluntary projects which have helped 27 schools and
universities and more than 1,400 young people in the past year – a significant increase
on the previous year.

- Sustainability – a host of new initiatives to reduce impact on the environment, from
cutting business mileage by 17 per cent to award-winning cycle-to-work initiatives and
work with suppliers to improve their environmental performance.

- Continued investment – A £10m investment to optimise the use of technology. The
Group’s Hire Division announced a £22m investment in its hire fleet in response to the
rising demand for its interim buildings, making the fleet among the newest in the UK and
lead times for customers even shorter.

The Portakabin Group offers a range of market-leading modular building brands which
include Portakabin, Portaloo, Design and Build and Konstructa, operating in sectors as diverse as
education, healthcare, manufacturing, transport, utilities and construction. Its international
headquarters and manufacturing centre is based in York.

The Portakabin Group is part of the Shepherd Group.