Awards

2018

HR Leadership & Management Awards – Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing (Finalists)

HR Leadership & Management Awards – Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing (Finalists)

FLYNN were delighted to be shortlisted as finalists for the HR Leadership & Management Awards in the 'Excellence in the Workplace Health and Wellbeing', in recognition of our BOOST strategy and it's over-arching approach to the health and wellbeing of our staff.

Considerate Constructors – National Company Award Winner – Bronze

Considerate Constructors – National Company Award Winner – Bronze

FLYNN are delighted to have been awarded with the Considerate Constructors National Company Award (Bronze).

Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2018

Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2018

FLYNN were delighted to receive the top award in a new category in the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2018.  The 'Excellence in Workplace Health and Wellbeing' category, sponsored by the Public Health Agency recognizes employers who embrace effective workplace health and wellbeing support, benefiting workers, their families and communities. Flynn won the UK national Chambers of Commerce award for the same category in 2017 and has shown what a local SME family business can achieve with fairly limited investment but with significant innovation and challenging construction culture.

Top Irish FM Company for H&S

Top Irish FM Company for H&S

FLYNN are delighted to have again been recognised as industry leaders in Health & Safety, this time by the prestigious FM Awards in Ireland.  At the ceremony in Dublin on 31 January, we were commended particularly for our Boost initiative that supports staff and supply chain in a wide range of lifestyle and health issues including diet, mental health and work life balance.

2017

Top UK Award for Health & Wellbeing

Top UK Award for Health & Wellbeing

FLYNN is celebrating after winning the Health and Wellbeing award at the British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Business Awards 2017 in London, hosted by Kate Thornton, where on 30 November we were again winners.  The Chamber Business Awards, now in its 14th year, is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities. The UK Award is recognition of the innovation and effort made by FLYNN HR and H&S departments to develop what we call FLYNN-Boost, an integrated strategy to assist our people avail of lifestyle improvement opportunities.  Flynn developed a ‘Boost’ initiative for their employees and contractors focused on seven activators, including physical activity, stress and mental health. Analysis of the initiative showed reduced absenteeism, reduced recruitment costs, improved moral, better succession planning, better communication, reduced injuries and improved financial performance. Aidan Flynn, Managing Director said: "Flynn are delighted to have been recognised for Health & Wellbeing. In the construction sector, historically employees have been reticent about seeking help and assistance with their health.  We decided to change outdated behaviours through our FLYNN-Boost strategy which encourages all staff to avail of health information days, health charity presentations, and individual medical assessments, all of which we have brought onto site.  If a regional family business like ours can do this, it shows what could be done more widely to change attitudes and behaviours in our industry". Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “Flynn are a fantastic example of a business recognising the importance of staff wellbeing and health, and actively working to improve it. Their forward-thinking approach to creating a happy and healthy work environment sets the standard for companies everywhere, and makes them worthy recipients of this award.” Fiona Lowe, Director of HR at Westfield Health, said: “We were delighted to present this award to Flynn - a business which is truly committed to the health and wellbeing of its workforce. At Westfield Health we champion health and wellbeing in the workplace – helping employees eat well, sleep better, think clearly, move more and feel great. We know that the healthiest and happiest workplaces take a holistic approach to wellness and Flynn has demonstrated this through its ‘Boost’ initiative with some very impressive, tangible results.”

NI Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Business Awards Winners

NI Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Business Awards Winners

FLYNN were proud to be presented with the Health & Wellbeing award at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce's Regional Business Awards. The award is recognition of the innovation and effort made by FLYNN HR and H&S departments to develop what we call FLYNN-Boost, an integrated strategy to assist our people avail of lifestyle improvement opportunities.  Flynn developed a ‘Boost’ initiative for their employees and contractors focused on seven activators, including physical activity, stress and mental health. Analysis of the initiative showed reduced absenteeism, reduced recruitment costs, improved moral, better succession planning, better communication, reduced injuries and improved financial performance.

Top NI H&S Award for second year

Top NI H&S Award for second year

The Team from Flynn were delighted to attend the CEF Construction Excellence Awards Gala dinner (along with Barry McGuigan) where they were awarded top honours in H&S having also won this category in 2016. Flynn were also proud to be finalists in two other categories, Health Infrastructure and Training. This is a tremendous achievement and credit to the H&S Team and all those on the ground who take the care to do things right every day. This award proves that with relatively limited investment, but significant innovative thinking, an SME can achieve ‘Best in Class’ standards of H&S while improve results, reducing costs and enhancing wellbeing. The feedback from the judging Panel as to why Flynn were the winners in the category of Health & Safety: In a tightly fought group of 4 excellent finalists, this company demonstrated how they successfully manage a very wide variety of risks, including those faced by sub-contractors, and how they are continuously identifying and addressing new and emerging risks, such as mental health and occupational road risk. The judging panel was particularly impressed by the strategic approach taken to managing occupational health, hygiene and welfare issues, including beyond the workplace, and by the company’s clear commitment to play an important role in protecting and supporting the local communities they serve.

2017 CEF Awards Finalists in 3 categories

2017 CEF Awards Finalists in 3 categories

Once again FLYNN are delighted to have been shortlisted for CEF/Specify Magazine awards for Construction Excellence. Past winners of the Health & Safety and Training Awards, we are again finalists in these two important categories and, far from resting on our laurels, we made further improvements and investment in both these foundations of our successful business. We are also excited to be nominated for best Health Project for our recent City Hospital Intensive Care Unit project. This £3/4m refurbishment was conducted in the strictest clinical environment and under critical time pressure to return the wards to use. The outcome is dramatically improved facilities for both staff and patients and has been warmly welcomed by the Trust as the new gold standard for ICU facilities. We look forward to the Awards evening on 12 October.

Irish News Awards 2017 – Career Inspiration

Irish News Awards 2017 – Career Inspiration

FLYNN were delighted to be finalists for this award which we won in 2016. Career development has been a focus of the business and significant investment has been made into training, personal development and succession planning at every level throughout the business.  This allows staff to see their career path and marry personal development to business objectives and the achievement of success at both levels.

Finalists in Irish Construction Awards 2017

Finalists in Irish Construction Awards 2017

FLYNN are delighted to have been shortlisted as Finalists in two categories in the Irish Construction Awards which will be announced at the prize gala on 9 May 2017. Our recent refurbishment of the Belfast Waterfront Hall is a Finalist under the ‘Tourism and Hospitality Project’. In addition our class-leading training structures have been recognised by our shortlisting under the ‘Excellence in Education and Training’ category where we compete with several much larger companies and Institutes of Education.

Double Finalists for the HR Leadership & Management Awards

Double Finalists for the HR Leadership & Management Awards

FLYNN were delighted to be shortlisted as finalists in two categories for the HR Leadership & Management Awards. We were recognised in the shortlists for the 'Best Health & Wellbeing Strategy' and 'Best SME HR Initiative' categories, which is testament to the efforts of our teams in developing our people-focused, widely acclaimed BOOST strategy.  

Fit Out Awards – Finalists in 2 Categories

Fit Out Awards – Finalists in 2 Categories

FLYNN were shortlisted as finalists at the Fit Out Awards 2017 in two categories; Fit Out Project Manager of the Year - Mark Murphy and Fit Out Project of the Year - Belfast City Hospital ICU Refurbishment. These recognitions highlight the exemplary standards which are upheld on site and delivered, as a result of our values, working ethos and also due to the depth of knowledge and experience held by our people.

2016

Business Belfast Top 50 Leaders – Aidan Flynn All-Ireland Safety Award

All-Ireland Safety Award

Flynn were delighted to be awarded a Distinction at the Annual All Ireland Safety Awards in Killarney, run in conjunction with Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISG). The Awards recognise how organisations manage health and safety at work. The many entrants that participate in the Awards, including large numbers of repeat entrants, is testament to the quality of the process, the high regard that the awards command and the value it brings. This award follows the CEF's top award for Health & Safety received in October at the Construction Excellence Awards in Belfast.

Double Winners at CEF Awards

Double Winners at CEF Awards

Flynn once again proved its dedication to improving staff skills with a double success in the Quality Performance category of the Construction Excellence Awards. The company was shortlisted in four categories and came out on top in two sections - winning both the Health & Safety Award and the Training Award. As one of the leading providers of maintenance, construction and civil engineering services in Ireland, the company was also shortlisted in the Social/Community Construction category for its work on the Waterfront Hall refurbishment and in the Education Infrastructure category for the St Joseph’s Carnacaville project. This is the second time in the last three years that Flynn has won the Training Award and the overall success in the Quality Performance category is another demonstration of the company’s commitment to staff development. The company won Career Inspiration Award at the Irish News Awards earlier this year while apprentice Aaron Keenan won three accolades at Belfast Met Apprenticeship and Training Awards. The judges at the Irish News Awards stated that the company’s entry was head and shoulders above the competition and recognised the long term commitment within the business to offer opportunity to young people, support and develop their capabilities and offer a sustainable path for progression. Flynn prides itself on the quality of the service delivered and the professionalism of the people working for the company and this is evident in the continuing level of excellence delivered over the last 30 years. Over the last three decades Flynn has shown its commitment to training, placement and apprenticeship places to consistently exceed Government requirements. The company is supported by a three year Invest NI-backed training and development programme that offers support to every member of staff across the business and this is further enhanced by Flynn’s membership of the 5% Club that is focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices and graduates into the workforce. (reprint courtesy of Northern Builder Magazine).

FLYNN Awarded Investors in People – Silver

FLYNN Awarded Investors in People – Silver

FLYNN are delighted to have been recognised with the Investors in People - Silver award. This is a testament to our long-standing and continued commitment to our people, ensuring that they have   what they need in an environment which supports and encourages their development.

4 CEF Construction Award Nominations

4 CEF Construction Award Nominations

Flynn are delighted to have been shortlisted as Finalists in 4 categories of the industry's top awards, the CEF/Specify Construction Excellence ~Awards 2016. Our new build school St Josephs and our refurbishment of the Waterfront Hall were both selected. In addition the company was shortlisted for its Health & Safety and Training. The gala awards dinner is held in early October.

Triple Award winning Apprentice

Triple Award winning Apprentice

Triple award winner, our very own apprentice plumber Aaron Keenan, receiving his awards from Marie-Therese McGivern (CEO Belfast Met), Aidan Flynn (MD, FLYNN) along with his father. Aaron is a very enthusiastic and popular member if #teamFLYNN and personifies the business' investment in upskilling young people for careers in construction.

Winners – Irish News Awards 2016

Winners – Irish News Awards 2016

FLYNN were delighted last night to be awarded Winner of the Career Inspiration Award 2016. The judges stated our entry was head and shoulders above the competition and recognised the long term commitment within our business to offer opportunity to young people, support and develop their capabilities and offer a sustainable path for progression. This reflects our historic support of training, placement and apprenticeship places and membership of groups such as the 5% Club and consistently exceeding any government requirements. Our commitment is also supported by a three year Invest NI backed training and development programme which will offer support to every member of staff across the business. We are only as good as our people, and this award recognises we have the very best in teamFLYNN.

Irish Construction Awards

Irish Construction Awards

Flynn are delighted to have been shortlisted in three categories in the prestigious Irish construction Industry Awards 2016. Our three Finalist nominations showcase our recent projects in Education, Conservation and our focus on Health & Safety. Our Education nomination is for St Josephs Primary School in Newcastle (€3m) whilst our recent renovation of Rathvarna House (€1m) led to our nomination for Conservation Project of the Year.

Award

Award

The Belfast Business Top 50 2016 - Aidan Flynn

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Award

CIPDNI Awards Finalist - Best Employee Engagement strategy

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Award

All Ireland Occupational Safety Award - Distinction

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Award

Irish Construction Industry Awards Finalist - Conservation Project Rathvarna House

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Award

Irish Construction Industry Awards Finalist - Education Project of the Year – St Joseph’s PS Carnacaville

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Award

Irish Construction Industry Awards Finalist - Health & Safety

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Construction Excellence Awards Finalist - Social/Community – Waterfront Hall

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Construction Excellence Awards Winner - Health & Safety

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Construction Excellence Awards Winner - Training

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Irish News Career Inspiration Award Winner - Career Inspiration

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Investors in People - Silver

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2015

Finalist in Sustainable Ireland Awards

Finalist in Sustainable Ireland Awards

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the category 'Waste Management & Environmental Excellence' in this year's awards.  Our shortlisting reflects the great strides the company has taken in recent years to address the impact of all our operations on the environment and to implement innovate measures to reduce waste, consumption and inefficiency. The awards will be announced at a gala dinner on 9th September.

CEF Awards Finalists in 3 categories

CEF Awards Finalists in 3 categories

Flynn's have been shortlisted in 3 categories in this year's CEF Construction Excellence Awards.  The categories are Training, Environmental Sustainability and Restoration Project. We are delighted for our hard-working projects team that they are getting recognised for the quality of the work delivered at Rathvarna House this year, a period villa restored to full use after years' of dereliction.  The scheme was highly interactive with the local community and we hosted visits from Pond Park Primary School and the local residents.                         Our Training department are no strangers to awards having supported our significant training and apprenticeship programmes for may years. This year has been particularly successful and ever stronger partnerships being developed with external training organisations such as Springvale and Belfast Met. Environmental considerations are coming ever more important, both commercially and socially.  This year has seen considerable investment in green initiatives and a shift in cultural behaviour which has enabled us to implement highly successful improvements and come to the fore of our sector. A great result, the judging will take place over the summer and the awards will be declared in the autumn at a gala awards night.[/fusion_text]

DEL Apprentice of the Year – Innovation in Partnership

DEL Apprentice of the Year – Innovation in Partnership

MFS were delighted to have been finalists with our partners, Springvale Employment & Learning in the Department for Employment & Learning Awards for Apprentice of the Year 2015. Our two organisations have developed a close working relationship based on the mutual principles an goals of providing employment opportunities to young people and to provide them with the skills for sustainable employment.  We were one of 3 finalists for The Innovation in Partnership Award and pictured above are the Minister Dr Stephen Farry presenting the certificates to Mark Spence and Martina Crilly of MFS and Aidan Sloane of Springvale alongside the awards host, Pete Snodden.

Irish News Awards Finalist

Irish News Awards Finalist

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the finals of the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards 2015. Both our entries were selected, namely for the 'Career Inspiration Award' drawing upon our award-winning Apprenticeship and Training programmes and also the 'Green Award', reflecting our progress on reducing the impact of our activities on natural resources. We are looking forward to the Gala Awards night on 17 June in Titanic Belfast.

Two MFS Apprentices in the NI Finals

Two MFS Apprentices in the NI Finals

We are rooting for our two apprentice finalists in the DEL Skillbuild Apprentice of the Year 2015.  Stephen Smyth is competing in the joinery section whilst Dale Calderwood is competing in plastering and drylining.  Feedback on both from their Belfast Met tutors and our own MFS supervisors is  excellent and we wish them every success in the final to be announced on 30 April. [caption id="attachment_11373" align="alignnone" width="669"]Dale Calderwood with MFS supervisor Chris McEvoy Dale Calderwood with MFS supervisor Chris McEvoy[/caption]

MFS & Springvale Shortlisted for Innovative Partnership

MFS & Springvale Shortlisted for Innovative Partnership

FLYNN are delighted that along with our strategic partner, Springvale Employment and Learning, we have been shortlisted in the DEL Skillbuild Apprentice of the Year Awards for our joint efforts in the provision and support of training and apprenticeship places in NI. This year FLYNN and Springvale formalised a strategic partnership to assist FLYNN with resourcing the ‘social clauses’ contained within our recently awarded public sector contracts with 4+ year terms.  The term of such contracts allows FLYNN to accurately project the number of new trainees and apprentices required each year to fulfil FLYNN’s continued growth and particularly the obligations under public sector contract Social Clauses, across a variety of trades that Springvale can develop in conjunction with our supervisors to meet operational needs. This year FLYNN has taken on 12 apprentices, trainees and long-term unemployed from Springvale and over previous years has provided permanent employment for up to 40 of those.  Many remain in the business years after completing their training and several have progressed to more senior positions. Skill Build Competitions inspire young people and adults to be ambitious in their pursuit of skills to the highest level. The competition not only encourages trainees to improve their own skills, but provides an example of the high quality work being produced in training organisations and colleges across Northern Ireland.

Apprentice of the Year successes

Apprentice of the Year successes

Yesterday three of our apprentices took part in the Belfast Met Apprentice of the Year Awards with great success:

  •  Stephen Smyth – came 1st place in Joinery
  •  Dale Calderwood – came 1st place in Plastering
  •  Kevin Murray - was very highly commended
Stephen and Dale go on to the Regional Finals at the end of April, which are being hosted this year by BMC. Well done to all three!

2014

2013

MFS amongst LSE top 1000 inspiring companies FLYNN Wins CEF Training Excellence Award

FLYNN Wins CEF Training Excellence Award

At a glittering CEF Award ceremony in the Culloden Hotel, hosted by Wendy Austin, MFS were honoured to accept the 2013 Award for Quality in respect of Training.  The prestigious judging panel included the Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive, Chairman of IOSH and principal from DEL.  The guest speaker was the Minister for Finance and Personnel who signalled his support for the construction sector and his desire to see tentative signs of recovery consolidate and grow. This prestigious award represents our third training award this year and recognises our leadership in this critical aspect of responsible business in NI.  We strive to involve the local community by offering opportunities to trainees and apprentices,  to share in our growing business and working closely with our partners including Springvale Training and BMC. We were also delighted to have been nominated in three further categories, reflecting our position in the recovering construction sector in NI.  

Employer of the Year Award

Employer of the Year Award

[caption id="attachment_1717" align="alignright" width="300"]Martina Crilly (MFS) receiving the award Martina Crilly (MFS) receiving the award[/caption] MFS were delighted to receive the ‘Employer of the Year’ award in recognition of our ongoing support of apprenticeships and training programmes with Springvale Training and Learning dating back many years.  This is an important aspect of our growing business to ensure we have the right mix of skilled staff, appropriately trained and experienced in our fast-moving maintenance environment. To celebrate 21 years of success and to present students and staff with certificates achieved in the last 12 months, Springvale staff, students and guests gathered in the magnificent setting of the prestigious Titanic Belfast building. Before the presentation of certificates by the Lord Mayor and Springvale's new Chief Executive, Aidan Sloane.  The ceremony was hosted by UTV's Sarah Travers and in total 520 students achieved 1,320 qualifications.

FLYNN Shortlisted for 4 CEF Construction Excellence awards

FLYNN Shortlisted for 4 CEF Construction Excellence awards

FLYNN are delighted to have been shortlisted by the CEF in 4 categories for Construction Excellence.  Our two nominated projects are a high specification memorial garden and the refurbishment and extension of Bangor Hospital.  We have also been shortlisted for our Health & Safety systems and for our Training.  This follows our award earlier this week from Belfast Metropolitan College recognising our training programme for apprentices.

MFS receive Investors in People Award

MFS receive Investors in People Award

IiP logo Maurice Flynn & Sons Ltd, a leading maintenance contractor based in Dunmurry has received its Investors in People award at a ceremony in Hillsborough Castle. Martina Crilly, human resources manager at MFS Ltd, said that the Investors in People programme has been at the heart of the development and implementation of the company's HR strategy. Managing Director, Aidan Flynn who has sponsored the company's implementation of the IIP programme said "as a result of the continuing growth of our company, a range of development needs were identified and addressed such that we are already seeing improvements in the delivery of services and levels of engagement with our people. This investment in our people will underpin our business as we continue to grow and become increasingly effective and efficient." Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People UK, added: "It is an honour to be able to present awards to organisations that are achieving fantastic results by really investing in their workforce. "Businesses that achieve the Investors in People Standard have proven their commitment to realising the potential of their people, adopting sound people management practices we know contribute to organisational success, and then evidencing this through a rigorous assessment process." Tim Devine from the Department for Employment and Learning, congratulated those receiving the business award. "The UK Commission for Employment and Skills last year released the latest findings from an employer evaluation on the impact of the IiP framework," he said. "Some 71% of businesses reported achieving the business results expected and 23% reported higher than anticipated benefits. "Northern Ireland employers also experienced better results on a variety of fronts than their counterparts in the rest of the UK."

Investors in People Award

Investors in People Award

FLYNN are delighted to have been awarded Investors in People accreditation, reflecting the very real strides taken by the company to engage the entire workforce in the growth and shared opportunities arising from enhanced team working  and ultimately reflected in our quality of service to clients.

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