A project supported by Eton Environmental Group has won a regional business award.

Each year, construction and property services company Willmott Dixon undertake a community challenge in aid of a project nominated by one of its employees.

It carries out the work free of charge and approaches its suppliers/partners to do the same.

This year, the company refurbished a garage building owned by the Guide Dogs for the Blind in Leamington Spa to provide a new training centre for the charity.

As one of our long-standing clients, Eton Environmental Group was only too pleased to answer Willmott Dixon’s request for help by offering our services free to charge to carry out an asbestos survey of the garage before it was refurbished.

The new training centre opened in the summer and it this month (November) led to Willmott Dixon winning best CSR project of the year at the Coventry Telegraphy Business Awards.

Eton Director Christian Shaefer said: “We have our own corporate social responsibility programme, so we understand the importance of giving something back to the communities in the areas where operate within.

“So, when Willmott Dixon approached us to support their community challenge, we were only too happy to provide our services free of charge.

“It was a great project and we’re delighted that it has been recognised via the award.”

The work resulted in a disused garage being transformed into a £200,000 state-of-the-art training facility including new doors and windows, heating, flooring, lighting and partition walls to train the dogs individually.

Charity spokesman Graham Kensett said: “At certain stages, training a guide dog requires a controlled environment and this is now a far more comfortable and appropriate space for both the dogs and trainers. Having a guide dog can truly change the life of a blind or partially sighted person, giving them greater freedom.

“This refurbishment means we can train a greater number of dogs more easily, helping to change the lives of more people, and we are extremely grateful to Willmott Dixon for undertaking these works.”

Some 250 dogs annually are trained to become guide dogs at the Leamington site. Each pup spends around 16 weeks with a guide dog trainer and then ten weeks with an instructor during which time they are matched with a person with sight loss.