Life at Bruntwood

There’s a whole host of information we have and could share on these pages to give you an idea of what life is like at Bruntwood. But what better way to really understand a business and what it does (and what its people are like) than good old fashioned stories? Because nothing brings a business to life better than hearing from our own colleagues and their experiences of Bruntwood.

Meet Sally, Daniel and James...



Name: Sally Hill
Role at Bruntwood:
Director of Social Impact
Time at Bruntwood: 12 years

“There is a real passion that exists in the company to have a positive impact - not just internally but across the wider communities we live and work in. You see it everyday in all parts of the business.”

What attracted you to Bruntwood?

I’ve been here 12 years now so it’s a struggle to recall what first attracted me to the business! But the one thing that clearly stood out and intrigued me (and still does) was our ethos and how much they invested in the cities they operate in.

And then on starting, it was really clear that they had developed a great culture with a really positive forward thinking outlook.

What do you love about life at Bruntwood?

No day is ever the same! Over the years, I’ve had so many opportunities to work on various projects in my role - all of which I’ve got a really strong sense of purpose from; and I’ve been empowered to take real ownership and accountabilIty for everything that I’ve been responsible for.

I also have the chance to work with colleagues across the business. There is a real passion that exists in the company to have a positive impact - not just internally but across the wider communities we live and work in. You see it everyday in all parts of the business.

My life is very different now compared to 12 years ago which has meant my needs have changed a lot; but throughout Bruntwood have been brilliant to work with and really supportive.

Of all the benefits we offer colleagues - which ones have had the most impact on you?

One of the big changes I’ve experienced over the last 12 years since joining Bruntwood is having children and the enhanced maternity package available to us makes a huge difference during what can be quite a stressful time!

It’s also brilliant to have that flexibility and agility to work anywhere as suits me. It’s those “small” benefits that make a huge difference.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out on their career?

Look for inspiration everywhere and in everything that you do - don’t just rely on your close network or surroundings.



Name: Daniel Beardmore
Role at Bruntwood: 
Finance graduate
Time at Bruntwood: 2 years

“As a graduate to be able to join and get the exposure to some of the people and pieces of work that I did, it was a breath of fresh air and something I don’t think I’d get if I’d have joined another company.”

What attracted you to Bruntwood?

I was drawn to Bruntwood as a graduate mostly because of the charitable nature of the business, and the desire to not only make a profit but to make the regions we work in a better place. I also wanted somewhere where I could personally make my mark and be given a good amount of challenge and responsibility, coupled with a supportive environment to learn in.

And how about your first impressions?

My first impressions were Bruntwood does just that. As a graduate to be able to join and get the exposure to some of the people and pieces of work that I did, it was a breath of fresh air and something I don’t think I’d get if I’d have joined another company.

I was surprised by the sheer number of different departments and teams who work to support and deliver Bruntwood’s ambitious plans. We have everything from an in-house legal team, to a fully-fledged energy business, which really showed me the scope and scale of the work that we do.

Tell us about your role now

My role is in the Commercial Finance team, where I partner closely with other departments around the business to ensure that their projects are delivered within our forecasted budgets. I’m doing a finance qualification alongside working, which is really helping solidify my knowledge, in an environment which is real-life.

What do you love about life at Bruntwood?

My favourite thing about working here is the people who I work with. They’re an incredible, hardworking, and inspiring group of people and I enjoy learning from them.



Name: James Higgins
Apprenticeship:
Digital Marketing with Bruntwood and Juice Academy
Time with Bruntwood: 20 months

Why did you choose to do your apprenticeship with Bruntwood?

The digital marketing apprenticeship complimented my university degree and it was a great next step that not only allowed me to learn new digital marketing techniques but also let me put them into practice in a real-life working environment.

What did a typical day look like for you?

Every day is different and that was one of the things I loved about working at Bruntwood - I got to work on so may different things. I could go from filming customer story videos, creating social media campaigns and working with the marketing teams to promote events; through to creating 360 virtual tours of our office space, writing blogs, and putting press releases on the website.

What kind of projects were you involved in?

I supported the customer story videos/blogs, 360 virtual tours, YFood Tech Wednesdays social coverage, RHS Tatton Flower Show and TEDxLiverpool and TEDxHessle. Just a few things!

What did you love about the job?

As I said, I loved that my job was different every day. I got to spend time travelling around our different buildings in our different cities. Every day I was doing something different.

What did you love about working at Bruntwood

Definitely the people! Everyone is super nice and the office in Manchester [Union] is an amazing place to work.

How do you think your skills and experience have improved / changed during the course of your apprenticeship?

I think all my digital marketing skills have improved enormously - mainly because I’ve been able to use them on real-life campaigns and marketing strategies. You just can’t learn that in a classroom. And I’ve definitely gained a lot more confidence working at Bruntwood, especially when it comes to communicating better with lots of different customers and colleagues.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out on their apprenticeship with Bruntwood

My advice would be to constantly ask questions - there is no such things as a stupid question!

What are you going on to do next?

I can’t wait to start as Social Marketing Executive for Clubhouse Golf - the UK’s #1 golf online retailer.

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