TG Lynes celebrated International Women’s Day by sponsoring events for women in the local area and engaging with its own employees.
The business marked International Women’s Day by hosting visibility and impact training for women within the business, as well as a round table discussion for all female employees to discuss how the business could improve further.
Martin Hastings, managing director of TG Lynes, said: “A diverse workplace is crucial to the ethos of TG Lynes and we are constantly taking steps to ensure our workforce is made up of a wide range of people from all sorts of backgrounds.
“On International Women’s Day we were pleased to offer our female colleagues some additional training and also to hold the round table discussion
“It was very interesting to talk to the women and to hear about the things we get right as a business, as well as ideas for the future.”
Gemma Skelton, area sales manager, added: “When I was younger and less confident, I did experience some reluctance to deal with me in a male dominant environment.”
“I’ve witnessed the industry become more inclusive. It has changed over time with people becoming more respectful and accepting that women can do as professional a job as their male colleagues.
“There is still room for improvement, but the industry is certainly moving in the right direction.”
TG Lynes provided more than £1,000 worth of plumbing materials for the Lewisham College trade contest, which will see eight female apprentices go head-to-head to win prizes.
Bob Noseda, interim skills advisor for ESG, which is organising the competition as part of the group’s Buildsmart Skills initiative, said: “International Women’s Day has become a landmark day in the calendar and there is no better way to mark it than by holding an all-female trade competition.
“We are hugely grateful to TG Lynes for donating the materials and it’s great to have a major company involved in what is the first event of its kind.”
TG Lynes also sponsored Streatham-Croydon RFC for its May tour of Cardiff, in conjunction with one of its customers, Gloster.
Rebecca Byrom, of the club’s tour committee, said: “Women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, and it’s great that TG Lynes is supporting its progress by getting involved.”