Argyle North West Construction Ltd has been established in Salford, for over 25 years. A family business which has seen growth year on year. With its main offices and depot based in Walkden, the Managing Director has close links with the immediate community of Walkden, where he grew up.
Argyle’s are a surfacing works, groundworks, roads and sewers including a range of specialist building and construction services, and have provided services to most of the Greater Manchester Authorities, for all types of highway and construction activities.
Currently we have in the region of 80 plus employees, of which approx. 25% are from the local community, approx. 50% live in the other districts of Greater Manchester and the remaining percentage live in the North West.
Due to the success of Argyle’s, we are always seeking new talent and those who have the required skill set. We always look to employ locally before we widen our search, as being local to our offices and depot, means that we can be more efficient in our operations, but also contribute to the local community in a real and meaningful way.
The majority of the employees of Argyle’s, have a long service history, and have been with Argyle’s since the early days, so naturally are the core of the company.
If the skill set locally suited the services we offer, no doubt we would have a higher number of employees who reside in Salford. However, there is industry shortage, though Argyle’s have already raised its desire to, jointly with Salford City Council, create a Training Academy in Salford, that specifically looks at training apprentices in the field of highway activities, for example ‘surfacing’ and ‘stone masonry’.
In early 2019 Argyle’s signed up to the Salford City Mayors Employment Charter. We are proud to promote social inclusion, equal opportunities, drive economic growth and raise living standards in the City of Salford. Being based in the City of Salford, and being able to offer quality and efficient services, has meant that we have completed many projects for Salford City Council.
With the assistance and collaboration with Salford City College, Argyle’s created 2 no. apprenticeship positions to support our current and future growth. Riley Tucker from Swinton, has been with Argyle’s since August 2019 and Martin Gbamy also from Swinton since January 2020, both are gaining invaluable experience with Argyle’s. Riley is completing a Level 2 Business Administration qualification and Martin is completing a Level 2 Association of Accounting Technicians qualification, both with Salford City College and we are facilitating this including the assessments.
In addition to the above 2 no. trainees who are office based, we also have another employee Alfie Martin, who works with us part-time and attends Salford University. He is completing a Degree in Quantity Surveying. Due to the success of this, another apprenticeship position has been identified and we have already committed to offering this internally, with a potential of completing a part-time Degree in Quantity Surveying also at Salford University. This has been developed with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and its Workforce Development Review.
The opportunities created are not only office based, in the field we have 3 no. operatives who are in trainee positions and are also gaining valuable experience.
We know that the training and investment that we are committing to, will only strengthen our business today and in the future.
In respect to wages, in 2018 Argyle NW Construction Ltd signed up to the living wage foundation and are proud to say we have maintained the standard since and we commit to doing so in the future.
We have also been involved with ‘Back on Track’ to provide employment support to those who have problems with alcohol, drugs, offending, homelessness and mental health.
Through requests from community organisations and volunteer groups, we have supported the following organisations.
Friends of Herristone Park, Crumpsall – Outdoor Gym Facilities
Wood Street Mission Manchester & Salford 150th Anniversary Appeal
Wood Street Mission Manchester & Salford Back to School
Wood Street Mission Manchester & Salford Book Appeal
Swinton FC, Salford
Salford Food Bank, Mocha Parade Salford