“On one hand you could say we are working to fulfil our corporate social responsibility, but we’re also sourcing quality, highly committed people who want to work with us. “We service the construction sector and it has been widely written about and accepted as fact that there is a huge skills gap in construction. We are keen to find the right people to come into the industry and we know if we put the right training in we can upskill for the long term.”

Simon Little

Sales and Marketing Director, Powerday

We're sourcing quality, highly committed people who want to work with us. We service the construction sector and it has been widely written about and accepted as fact that there is a huge skills gap in construction. We are keen to find the right people to come into the industry and we know if we put the right training in we can upskill for the long term.

Simon Little

Sales and Marketing Director, Powerday

“We have someone who has been with us for three months through Blue Sky and we’ve just promoted him from a key man to a handy man role. I wouldn’t have done that if I didn’t believe in him and had the trust that I have in him to do that.”

Jack McVeigh

Contract Manager, Powerday

We have [an ex-offender] who has been with us for three months and we’ve just promoted him from a key man to a handy man role. I wouldn’t have done that if I didn’t believe in him and had the trust that I have in him to do that.

Jack McVeigh

Contract Manager, Powerday

In my experience, they are hardworking guys, the ‘ex-offender phobia’ never bothered me.

Jamie Hope

Operations Manager, Amey

“In my experience, they are hardworking guys, the ‘ex-offender phobia’ never bothered me, we get people through (a regular) agency and you don’t know his background or anything.”

Jamie Hope

Operations Manager, Amey

HCT Group believes that someone’s history shouldn’t define them. We’re proud to support the 'More Than My Past' campaign as we believe in the potential of people whose past may not have been perfect. So many individuals still face too many barriers to employment due to a criminal past. But if they are given a chance they can – and do – turn their lives around to become valuable members of society.

Dai Powell

Chief Executive, HCT Group

We want a borough where everyone can feel secure and where each resident is given every opportunity to succeed. That is why we initiated the Bright Futures programme with the Forward Trust to help ex-offender residents access the employment opportunities in and around Brent and why we support the ‘More Than My Past’ campaign to help open up their opportunities to a brighter future in employment.

Councillor Amer Agha

Cabinet Member for Education, Skills & Employment, London Borough of Brent

At Redemption Roasters we believe that your past does not have to dictate your future. We choose to embrace our life experiences as they shape a more positive future for our business and the people we work with. The 'More Than My Past' campaign is an incredible opportunity to highlight some of the subconscious prejudices we have when it comes to employing people with a criminal past. People, who like anyone else, have the potential to do great things.

Jonny Pilkington

Public Sector Engagement Manager, Redemption Roasters

Timpson is a family run business whose colleagues are the heart and soul of our company. We really are an equal opportunities employer, which includes sourcing great colleagues who may be ex-offenders or from other marginalised groups. We don’t discriminate based on people’s background and instead recruit exclusively on personality. We firmly believe that people’s past should not hold them back and recognise that some of our best employees have had to challenge stigmas and prejudice to get to where they are today. This is why we support the More Than My Past campaign, because we believe everyone has the ability to turn their life around, if given the chance.

James Timpson

Chief Executive, Timpson