Skills and opportunity

When local people are successful, so are our places.

Bright Lights is our skills and employment programme, helping people of all ages and abilities discover their potential and grow – through apprenticeships, work experience, internships, graduate schemes, training, work ready programmes and more. This all helps secure the skills our business, supply chain and occupiers need for the future. More on Bright Lights.

We actively promote fair and collaborative relationships with our suppliers, demonstrating our values through our Supply Chain Charter commitments. These include supporting local procurement and increasing apprenticeship opportunities. For views from our apprentices, suppliers and others, visit our Blogs. For more on our suppliers, click here.

Anna Devlet, Head of Community: “By supporting local skills, employment and procurement, we help local people and businesses grow, at the same time as creating the skilled workforce needed for the future and nurturing thriving economies around our assets – all important for our long term success.


Our approach

  • Improving skills in areas where they are needed most.
  • Contributing positively to local economies through local procurement and employment.
  • Partnering with occupiers and suppliers on fair working practices.
  • Implementing our Supply Chain Charter and promoting our values.

Download our Local Charter, Supply Chain Charter, Apprenticeship Framework for our Managed Portfolio and other guidance: Policies.For more on our suppliers, click here. For our Modern Slavery Act Disclosure 2016, click here.  


Skills and opportunity key performance indicators 2020 target Trend 2017 2016 2015 Scope
Tier 1 and 2 contracts that are Supply Chain Charter compliant (for prioritised contracts) 100% n/a nr nr nr -
Tier 2 supply chain spend within 25 miles Managed properties n/a 63% 81% nr 94/104
Developments n/a
60% 60% nr
Prioritised supplier workforce who are apprentices – pilot study Tier 1 suppliers 3%
nr nr
Tier 2 development suppliers 3%
3.1% nr
nr -
Employees paid Living Wage Foundation wage 100%
100% 100%
nr -
Supplier workforce paid Living Wage Foundation wage: managed properties n/a
72% 72%
nr 98/104
Supplier workforce living within 25 miles of our places n/a 70% 67% nr 105/112

For more on our performance: Performance overview.

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Our socio-economic contributions

We’ve commissioned a series of studies in recent years and published the findings to improve understanding of our socio-economic contributions. These include:

  • Teesside at 25 Review 2016
  • Meadowhall at 25 Review 2015
  • Regent’s Place at 30 Review 2014
  • The Source Skills Academy 10 Year Review 2013
  • Our Socio-Economic Contributions Report Review 2012

Download our reports: Reports and publications.

Paying Living Wages

We believe that those who work for us – either our employees or contractors – should be treated fairly and that everyone who works full time across our businesses should have sufficient income to care for themselves and their families.

We pay the Living Wage Foundation Wage, and therefore also the National Living Wage, to everybody directly employed by both British Land and Broadgate Estates. Our three London campus management companies are all accredited as Living Wage Employers, which means that anyone we contract to work at Broadgate, Paddington Central or Regent’s Place is paid at least the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour.

We continue to look at ways in which we can promote the higher Living Wage Foundation wage amongst people we do business with and further down our supply chain. 

For more on our suppliers, click here.

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