Acres go the extra mile to help staff facing cost of living squeeze

Luke Parker and Major Bruce Spencer

With the cost of living crisis dominating the headlines and with budgets squeezed across the UK, one Derby engineering firm has stepped up to support its employees.

Melbourne-based Acres Engineering, which specialises in manufacturing custom solutions for clients across the UK and increasingly overseas, has a team of 38 at its Castle Lane facility.

With a growing order book and busy schedules right across the team, Acres has teamed up with a local supplier, Heaths Farm Shop, who will now be delivering fresh food to the site every week.

Luke Parker, managing director at Acres Engineering said: “It is no secret that the current economic climate is a challenge for a lot of people. Acres is performing very strongly, despite these global challenges but that is only made possible by the hard work of our talented team.

“We’re a family business at heart. So we wanted to do what we can to support them and when we can do that by partnering with a local supplier, so much the better.”

It isn’t just staff who can access the new lunch offering. Clients and visitors to the manufacturing specialist are always welcome to lunch, with Major Bruce Spencer, the East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association regional employer engagement director joining the team this week.

Alison Parker, HR manager at Acres Engineering who thought up the initiative said: “We appreciate that the cost of living increases are hurting everybody and we really want to help our employees in any way that we can. This is one of the ways that we do things differently and demonstrates just how much we care about the employees that work for Acres.”