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Venesky-Brown Competes in Tough Mudder 5k!

We are fundraising to compete in Tough Mudder 5K!!

On the 25th August 2018 in amongst the beautiful surroundings of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park there will be 5k of awesome obstacles that as a team we will be conquering! We are fundraising for our chosen charity Health in Mind.

So come along, have a laugh and support us!

Health in Mind are a mental health charity who have been promoting positive mental health in Scotland since 1982. As a large employer, we take mental health very seriously and we are working very closely with Health in Mind to support in any way we can so that in turn, our employees know that we are there for them

 Please support us in raising money for this great cause:



Venesky-Brown Football Frenzy

Here at Venesky Brown we are mad about football, so last Month we ran a free to enter “World Cup Correct Score” competition for all of our 465 on site workers. We asked simply what the score would be in the World Cup Final.

With the majority of entrants going for a low scoring, narrow margin victory there were only 2 who guessed the correct score of France 4 v 2 Croatia. So thanks to Hugo Loris and his massive blunder, picking up the prizes were:

  • Jack Sullivan who is working for Venesky-Brown on our Manchester Airport project
  • Sean Anderson who is working on one of our Scottish Water sites in Glasgow

Congratulations to both Sean and Jack who won a £150 Amazon Voucher and beer of their choice. Enjoy!

We are now running a free to enter Fantasy Premier League competition. This is open to all Venesky Brown workers, clients and supply chain partners. With yearly and monthly prizes up for grabs get involved before 10th August KO. Click on the Link below:

Joining the league couldn’t be easier. Simply use this link and you’ll be added automatically after you’ve entered the game:

You shouldn’t need the league code, but just in case here it is: 559886-120734.

Good luck and keep looking here for monthly updates and prize winners.




Venesky-Brown Recruitment commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Venesky-Brown Recruitment commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Venesky-Brown Recruitment, a leading provider of staffing and project solutions predominantly for the UK construction and engineering industries, has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 300 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.

As a member, Venesky-Brown signed The 5% Club charter and state they are:

– Committed to helping the UK’s growth agenda and acknowledge the importance of developing people as both a business and social imperative

– Playing their part in addressing youth unemployment and skills shortage.

– Pledging to work towards having a minimum 5% of their UK workforce enrolled on formalised apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate development schemes within five years.

– Measuring and reporting on their progress annually against the above metric in their Corporate Social Responsibility section of the Annual Report and Accounts or equivalent document.

– Committed to encouraging other employers to participate in the campaign

Martin Cairns, Managing Director of Venesky-Brown Recruitment said: “Venesky-Brown are proud to be members of The 5% Club and show our commitment to both developing and attracting young entrants into the construction industry. Having been in the industry for over 30 years there has never been a more important time to do this. We are delighted that our apprenticeship programme has successfully produced some of the industry’s highest skilled individuals and we are eager to continue offering young people the same opportunity”

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Venesky-Brown into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other. All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit or get in touch by emailing Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Venesky-Brown Recruitment Joins Campaign to find 220,000 People to Fill New Construction Jobs

Edinburgh Construction Recruitment firm Venesky-Brown is joining a nationwide campaign to encourage people to consider a career in the construction sector, which is expected to create over 220,000 new jobs in the next 5 years.

The company is supporting the Go Construct campaign that is set to encourage more people from a range of backgrounds to consider a career in the industry and help them to find a role which matches their qualifications, skills and interests, dispelling some of the old fashioned myths that people still associate with the industry.

In April 2018, Venesky-Brown’s Operations Manager, Bob Mitchell and HR Manager, Hannah Smiley qualified as Construction Ambassadors and now play a vital role in supporting and promoting careers in the construction industry:

A Construction Ambassador is someone who inspires potential new entrants about the industry and is able to convey what it’s actually like to work in construction. By reaching out to local communities and highlighting the many fantastic opportunities available within construction they can help to inspire the next generation of new entrants.

In support of the campaign Venesky-Brown will be visiting primary schools across the UK along with attending recruitment and career fairs to increase knowledge and awareness of the different roles in construction.

As well as an industry wide campaign, Go Construct’s web portal is a ‘one stop shop’ for people to find out about the many different career options in the construction industry and how to start their journey into a successful new career.

Talking about the decision to join the campaign Venesky-Brown’s Founder, Craig Brown said:

“Construction has always been one of the most important sectors of our economy and with its impending growth over the next five years, it is vitally important that we all play our part in attracting the best people with the right skill sets to sustain that growth and deliver future projects.”

“We are fully behind the Go Construct initiative and are proud that two of our senior staff at Venesky Brown will add their voice to the campaign by promoting the diverse range of careers in the construction industry, and encouraging potential entrants to take up these roles.”

Wayne Hemingway, leading British designer, writer for architectural and housing publications and a TV design commentator is championing the Go Construct campaign. Welcoming Venesky-Brown’s involvement, he said:

“There are thousands of opportunities for successful, long term rewarding careers waiting to be seized. Construction already accounts for 2.6 million jobs in the UK but we need to recruit over 220,000 people over the next 5 years.

I see construction in the same way I see design: that it enables you to make your mark on the world and be part of projects that help improve people’s lives whether that is much needed new affordable  housing, hospitals,  schools, stations or stadiums.”

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about a career in construction should visit

Venesky-Brown Partners With Health In Mind To Address Mental Health Issues In The Workplace

Venesky-Brown are proud to announce Health In Mind as their chosen charity of the year.

Health In Mind are a mental health charity who have been promoting mental health in Scotland since 1982. Offering a wide range of services designed to offer support and advice, Health In Mind works with the community to help everyone reach their optimum in mental wellbeing.

Gwenn McCreath, CEO of Health in Mind said: “We are delighted that Venesky Brown have selected Health in Mind as their Charity of the Year this year.   They are promoting positive mental health in their workplace, encouraging supportive conversations and helping reduce stigma.  With their help, we can continue to deliver vital services. ”

As the UK’s leading specialist provider of staffing and project solutions, Venesky-Brown prides itself on being a conscientious and caring employer, and in partnering with Health In Mind, hope to raise awareness of a cause close to the company’s heart.

“Venesky Brown donate to many great causes, but this year, after participating in a charity event which was run by Health In Mind, we decided to nominate them as our chosen charity of the year,” said Venesky Brown Founder, Craig Brown. “We were taken with how enthusiastic the staff were and also that many of them had so much personal and professional experience in mental health.”

Working with people in a variety of capacities – whether it’s trusted partners, valued clients, in-house staff or high-quality specialised labours – Venesky-Brown understands the value of the work that mental health charities like Health In Mind do.

In the UK, it is estimated 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues each year, with over 8% of people suffering from anxiety or depression annually. While attitudes are changing slowly, there is still a huge stigma attached to mental health in the workplace, which Venesky-Brown is tackling head-on.

“As a large employer, we take mental health very seriously,” said Martin Cairns, Managing Director of Venesky-Brown. “We believe it is an important issue to talk about, and should not be swept under the carpet: everyone is affected by this, and mental health issues need to be treated with the same weight as physical ones. We really admire the work that Health In Mind do, and want to support them in any way that we can so that in turn, our employees know that we are there for them.”

In light of the recent partnership, Venesky-Brown will be adding a Health In Mind brochure to its induction pack, and providing resources to existing employees to promote positive mental health. To further aid a supportive working environment, Venesky-Brown’s managers have also attended mental health workshops and training.

“We believe that raising awareness and removing the stigma attached to mental illness is key,” said Mr. Brown, “ and in partnering with Health In Mind, we are another step closer to achieving this.”

If you are looking for help or advice with mental health issues, find more information and support


Mental Health First Aid Workshops

Venesky Brown are committed to improving the mental health of our workforce and beyond, by facilitating Mental Health First Aid workshops we aim to de-stigmatise and educate around the subject.

We recently arranged for a course to take place on-site at the ‘Bam Nuttall – Aberdeen to Inverness Railway Project’ where the site team were about to embark on a highly pressurised 10 day blockade. Construction News published an article on the blockade and highlighted the training in a positive light, read it here

To coincide with World Mental Health day we also ran the course at a number of our other sites.  A selection of Venesky Brown operatives along with members of the client team took part in the 12 hour course over 2 days.

The topics covered included:

Attitudes to mental health issues


Alcohol and drugs and their affect on mental health


Listening skills





A First Aid course provides members of the workforce with the skills to provide emergency help to an injured person before professional help arrives. It’s the same for ‘Mental health first aid’ problems. Mental health first aid isn’t for mental health professionals but for the general public. This course gives the individual the skills for helping someone with a mental health problem. Just like you don’t wait until someone is injured to learn general ‘first aid’, you shouldn’t wait until someone you know is needing help with a mental health problem to learn ‘Mental health first aid’! Mental Health First Aid is a participation-based course full of activities, discussions, film clips and case studies.

All participants who completed the course received:

An NHS Health Scotland certificate of attendance

A 160 page manual and

Best of all… the skills to help someone in a mental health crisis!

You can find some general information on SMHFA below. Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid website.

Along with on-site support and training our chosen charity for the next 12 months is “Health in Mind”, an organisation that offer a range of services to help people cope with mental health problems.