PBA signs up to Scottish Business Pledge

26 August 2015

GLASGOW – With a growing presence in Scotland and a dedication to fair working practices, Peter Brett Associates has this week signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge.

The practice, which now has 50 staff in Scotland, becomes one of 87 businesses to have signed up to the pledge, launched by the Scottish Government in May to promote fairness, equality, opportunity and innovation in Scottish business. Participants commit to a set of nine principles, including payment of the living wage, investing in youth, and playing an active role in the community.

As a firm that recognises the value of educational opportunities, PBA invests heavily in training and apprenticeships programmes, and engages in community outreach through skill-building activities with S3 and S4 school children.

The practice also takes a leadership role in equality, with a gender-neutral recruitment policy and a career development programme specifically for female employees. PBA’s consultants have worked on major transport infrastructure and buildings schemes across Scotland; providing economic analysis for road, rail, and ferry routes and technical advice on large-scale healthcare and educational facilities.

PBA is increasingly involved in projects designed to improve the social well-being of Scotland through the delivery of development and infrastructure. In July, the firm strengthened its capabilities with the acquisition of Edinburgh environmental and engineering consultancy Wren & Bell.

"I am pleased to confirm that Peter Brett Associates has today made the Scottish Business Pledge," said Cabinet Minister for Finance and Sustainability John Swinney MSP. "The practice meets almost all of the Pledge's constituent parts and its work with young people in local schools is particularly noteworthy. I am happy to welcome it into a progressive network of businesses, demonstrating that inclusive growth and a fair-minded approach to business go hand in hand."

"As we continue to grow our practice in Scotland, we understand the value of giving our staff the tools they need to develop their skills effectively and truly feel part of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary organisation," said PBA Equity Director Dougie McDonald. "By following the principles of the Scottish Business Pledge, we can ensure that equality and innovation are always front of mind."