When scoping a major infrastructure project, one of the key considerations should always be the impact of such a development on the local community. At Hi West, we pride ourselves on our complete commitment to local community engagement every step of the way. At the core of our campus operations are the relationships we have developed with people and businesses in each local area and the impact they have on the success of our managed accommodation sites.
Our aim in building a local network is simple. In finding and engaging with local suppliers, we are able to support local businesses and enable them to thrive, thereby helping to build a lasting legacy of business success and prosperity in the area.
Instead of always relying on large scale national or multinational companies, we involve local suppliers who know and understand their area and can offer excellent local knowledge and understanding which in turn adds tremendous value to our proposition.
Extending beyond the local supply chain, we actively recruit our teams locally, providing excellent employment opportunities to people living in the vicinity. As well as enjoying a short commute with many of our team living in close proximity to their workplace, we offer our employees a vast range of training opportunities including apprenticeships in conjunction with local educational providers.
We can clearly see the long term benefits of identifying and nurturing local talent and our team members benefit from ongoing opportunities to upskill and progress in their chosen field. As a result, we are proud to have an exceptionally low staff turnover rate of just 1.75% per year - exceptionally rare for our industry.
Each local economy also benefits from our local approach as our employees eat, shop and live in the locality, boosting local businesses with their ongoing support. And of course having a local workforce also provides tangible benefits for the environment with fewer commuters on the road with employees able to car share, cycle or even walk to work.
Our low level campus buildings don’t intrude on the local landscape and provide many facilities that are also open to the local community such as sports pitches, bookable meetings and events spaces and even secure weekend parking.
We don’t just strive for local engagement, we are proud that it is central to the Hi West proposition and we will continue to deliver on our commitment to making a difference locally and securing a lasting legacy for the communities in which we operate.
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As 2024 is just beginning I thought this would be an opportune time to reflect on what a fantastic year 2023 has been for Hi West and HOST and to recognise how we have continued to excel and grow as a business over the past 12 months.
As another year draws to a close, we’d like to thank all our guests, suppliers and our loyal team for their continued support throughout 2023.
Our approach to the provision of worker accommodation is heavily influenced by the need to create spaces where people thrive.