MP nominates employee-owned Bishopbriggs company as local business champion

MP for East Dunbartonshire Jo Swinson this week nominated Bishopbriggs-based business Environmental Reclamation Services Ltd. (ERS) for an award as a responsible business champion.

ERS was established in 1994 and specialises in making land safe for use and free from contamination. The company employs a team of around 30 engineers and environmental scientists to work on large projects. In over 20 years, ERS have treated over 1,000,000 tonnes of soil and successfully released hundreds of sites of land for new use.

In 2016, the company made the move to 100% employee ownership, and they now work with Scottish Enterprise to encourage other companies to become employee-owned.

Commenting on the award, Jo said:

“I am delighted to nominate ERS as a responsible business champion. When I visited the company’s offices in April, I was very impressed by the emphasis they placed on responsible business.

“We spoke about some of the interesting projects that the company have been working on, including their clean up of the old bus garage site at Kilmardinny, where excavation found brightly coloured soil from the historic dye works.

“As well as providing a valuable environmental service by cleaning up land and making it safe for use, their new 100% employee ownership model gives all its employees a very real stake in the company’s progress and is a great way to incentivise staff.

“The company also do fantastic work with Scottish Enterprise, and their new business model is an excellent influence for other companies across the country. I want to wish ERS every success in the coming years, and hope that they continue to promote responsible business practices.”

Andrew Mackenzie, director of ERS, said:

“We were recently delighted to welcome Jo to the company’s Head Office in Bishopbriggs. As a recent addition to the Employee Ownership (EO) family it was refreshing and challenging to be questioned by a politician who was not only enthusiastic but pioneering in the field. 

“We work hard to ensure that everyone who works for ERS has a voice and contributes to both the working environment and the commercial success of the organisation.  We still have so much to learn but it’s also great to be able to help others through participation in seminars on the many benefits of EO.”

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