Skills and opportunity

We develop skills and opportunities to help local people and businesses grow.

From local jobseekers securing employment and unemployed young people gaining valuable work experience at our properties, to greater focus on buying from local firms, we are helping local people and businesses grow. Visit our blogs to find out more.

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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.

Why skills and opportunities matter

Anna Devlet, Head of Community at British Land: “By supporting local employment, training, apprenticeships and procurement, we help local people and businesses grow, at the same time as creating the skilled workforce needed for the future. This is important for our long-term success, as our places are home to a wide range of organisations and we rely on a diverse network of suppliers, in sectors facing different challenges.”

Our focus on skills and opportunities brings benefits to our business and stakeholders:

  • Local people and partners want places that stimulate the local economy by supporting local skills and employment.
  • Commercial partners prefer organisations that help secure the key sector skills needed for the future.
  • Suppliers prefer businesses that invest in key capabilities and treat them fairly.

Julie Hutchinson, Employment & Skills Director at the East London Business Alliance (ELBA): “British Land has delivered on local training, employment and procurement and then some – encouraging young people to aim for the stars, working with suppliers to recruit apprenticeships and funding boots on the ground so local jobs are filled by local people. I look forward to seeing how they make the most of the Government’s new apprenticeship levy.”

Councillor Frank Ross of the Corstorphine / Murrayfield Ward and Edinburgh’s Economy Convener: “Expanding Edinburgh’s economy through the Strategy for Jobs is one of our top priorities and the Recruitment & Skills Centre at the Fort Kinnaird Centre is helping us do this. By focusing on the needs of local employers and matching the skills of local people, we’re boosting employability and tackling joblessness head on.”


Procurement 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14
Spend within 25 miles Managed properties 49% 46% nr
Developments 60% nr nr
Spend with SMEs Managed properties 35% 37% nr
Developments 51% nr nr
British Land payments to suppliers within 30 days 74% 72% nr
Tier 1 supplier payments to Tier 2 suppliers Managed properties: within 30 days 69% 63% nr
Developments: within agreed terms 98% 94% nr
Supplier workforce 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14
Supplier workforce paid Living Wage Foundation wage at our properties Offices 99.7% 99% nr
Retail 50.8% nr nr
Supplier workforce living within 25 miles of our places Offices 90% 80% nr
Retail 97% 96% nr
Developments 31% 35% nr
Key suppliers with workers on exclusive zero hours contracts 0% 0% nr
Employment 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14
Employees paid Living Wage Foundation wage 100% nr nr
Employee retention 83% 87% 82%
Employee gender remuneration (ratio female to male) Executive level 105% 101% nr
Management level 84% 98% nr
Non-management level 84% 92% nr
Diversity (proportion female) 48% 46% 45%

We are also getting data on apprentices in our supply chain, towards our 3% target by 2020, on supplier contracts that are Supply Chain Charter compliant, and on British Land’s total economic contributions to the UK (gross value added).

For more on our performance: Targets and performance.

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Our socio-economic contributions

We have 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, exploring the social, economic and environmental contributions Teesside has made to the Tees Valley and wider UK.
  • Meadowhall at 25 Review 2015, analysing the social, economic and environmental contributions Meadowhall has made to the Sheffield City Region and wider UK.
  • Regent’s Place at 30 Review 2014, exploring the social, economic and environmental impacts of our 30-year involvement at Regent’s Place.
  • The Source Skills Academy 10 Year Review 2013, giving insights into the socio-economic contributions of this retail training centre set up by British Land and Sheffield City Council in 2003.
  • Our Socio-Economic Contributions Report Review 2012, examining how our construction projects create employment and support economic growth, helping communities around the UK.

Download our reports: Reports and publications.

Human rights

We uphold the human rights of our employees and supply chain. We have been a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, which promotes absolute respect for human rights, since 2009. We also support the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, often referred to as the Ruggie Framework.

Our Supply Chain Charter sets out our human rights commitments, including equal opportunities, prompt payment and fair practices. We are working with our supply chain to ensure that our commitments are implemented, writing them into contracts where appropriate.

Download our Supply Chain Charter and other guidance: Policies.

For our Modern Slavery Act Disclosure 2016 click here.