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Edison Group introduces four-day working week for all employees

Irvine-headquartered construction property and investment business, Edison Group, has announced a four-day working week for all employees.

The new regime, which will guarantee all 60 Edison Group employees three days off each week: either Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or Saturday, Sunday and Monday, while maintaining existing salary levels, will be introduced over the coming months.

The company’s subsidiary, Glasgow-based construction, project management, interior fit-out and property maintenance business GDC Design, which Edison Group acquired late last year, has already been successfully trialling the four day week approach.

Chief Executive, Calum Melville, said: “Our 22 colleagues at GDC recently completed a significant public sector project in west central Scotland on time, and on budget by hitting every milestone, working a four-day week.

“All stakeholders, including our clients, benefit from this approach. The cost of living crisis is making things hard enough for most people already, so reducing the working week by a day results in a range of benefits, most importantly reduced stress, which in turn leads to improved mental health, a better work-life balance and enhanced quality of family life.

“In addition, from 1 April this year and as part of our aim to be an ’employer of choice’, all of our colleague will be provided with access to private healthcare.”

Edison Group recently opened its new offices in High Street, Irvine and has been highly active in growing and acquiring complementary businesses in the construction and property sector.

Melville added: “We remain firmly in the market to acquire businesses that are complementary to our group activities and are projecting sales of £20 million on a rolling 12-month basis by the end of 2023, driven both by further, already-planned strategic acquisitions and organic growth.

“We are investing substantial sums to build an infrastructure and platform to drive growth over the next few years with an expanded offering which includes construction, project management, architectural services, bespoke joinery, furniture manufacture, interior design, interior fit out, all trades, driveways, landscaping, property maintenance and refurbishment.”

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