Partnership with the CAUSE Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that The CAUSE Foundation is our new ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2024! This decision reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting families in Teesside.

This announcement comes as we wrap up a wonderful year of collaboration with Victoria’s Wish, our 2023 charity partner. Our journey with Victoria’s Wish has been nothing short of inspiring. We’ve seen firsthand how our contributions have made a real difference, particularly with our final sponsorship: a static campervan in the serene Lake District. This campervan offers a peaceful retreat for families of young people facing life-threatening illnesses, providing a much-needed break from hospital visits and treatments.

Ian Lawrence, the founder of Victoria’s Wish, shared his heartfelt thanks: “We are incredibly thankful to the Applebridge Family. The caravan will provide a sanctuary where families can find comfort and peace during the most challenging times of their lives. It’s gestures like these that truly make a difference.”

Supporting our community is at the heart of what we do. Donny Hughes, our founder and CEO, reflected on this initiative: “We believe in making a tangible difference in the lives of those around us. Partnering with Victoria’s Wish has allowed us to extend that support to families facing unimaginable challenges.”

Looking ahead, we are eager to work with The CAUSE Foundation. This partnership will not only involve our financial support but also activities throughout the year, including a major fundraising event at the Wynyard Estate Golf Course.

Pat McBride, co-founder of The CAUSE Foundation, expressed their gratitude: “We are absolutely delighted and profoundly grateful to be chosen as the Applebridge Charity of the Year. It will make a huge difference to our charity and gives us confidence to continue supporting the families in need across Teesside.”

Adrianna Hughes, our Charity of the Year Trustee, echoed this enthusiasm: “The CAUSE Foundation embodies the essence of community spirit and dedication that we at Applebridge Family aim to support. Their commitment to aiding families and individuals in need across Teesside is truly inspiring, and we are proud to play a part in their incredible journey.”

As we start this new partnership, we look forward to making a positive impact together. Thank you for your continued support in helping us make a difference in our community.


In an acknowledgement of both longevity and financial success, Applebridge Family was awarded ‘Business of the Year’ title at this year’s Business IQ Awards. This honour comes as a testament to our sustained commitment to excellence and innovation over a remarkable decade in business.

The Business IQ Awards are known for spotlighting standout achievements in the North East business community. Securing such an accolade serves as a significant nod to organisations that not only show robust financial records but also embody the principles of leadership, sustainability, and employee welfare.

Reflecting on the award, Donny Hughes,  Founder & CEO of Applebridge, shared his thoughts:

“This recognition from the Business IQ Awards as ‘Business of the Year’ means a lot to us. It’s a reflection not just of our success but of the hard work and dedication of our entire team over the last ten years. This award is for everyone at Applebridge who helped turn our vision into reality.”

Business of the Year 2024


We’re thrilled to announce that the Applebridge Family has been honoured with the ‘Commitment to Employee and Training Development’ award at the Generation4Change Awards 2024

At Applebridge, we believe in the power of education and opportunity. Our involvement with local schools and colleges to promote careers within construction is part of our commitment to reshaping the image of our industry. We aim to open doors for the next generation, showing them the potential and opportunities a career in construction can offer.

Our equal opportunities policy and our “speak-out” forum are crucial tools in our endeavour to create an inclusive and supportive environment. These platforms ensure every voice is heard and valued, contributing to our vibrant company culture and an impressive 85% staff retention rate. It’s clear that our focus on people not only enriches our team’s professional lives but also makes Applebridge a great place to work.

Andy Ray, our Group Operations Director, commented “Winning this award is a proud moment for all of us at Applebridge. It reflects our ongoing commitment to our team’s growth and development. Every day, we see the positive impacts of investing in our people, and this accolade from Generation4Change is wonderful recognition of our team’s hard work and dedication.”

Thank you to all our employees, whose hard work and dedication make all this possible!


We are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Applebridge Family Development Board’, a collection of Managers that meet regularly with the chief aim of bridging the gap between site operations and directorship, creating a dialogue to better understand and resolve operational issues. The established group will meet on a quarterly basis and work on the day-to-day issues affecting site work pre-emptively informing Directorship of issues and how they can be resolved.

The team of manager and department heads consists of; General Manager – Andy Allen, Estimator – Anthony Shiel, Construction Manager -Daryl Allison, Construction Manager- Donny Mason, Senior Planner – Ryan Mann, Head Buyer – Samuel Hogg, Finance Manager – Sarah Smith, Operations Manager – Paul Salkeld, and Commercial Manager Josh Sayer.

Commenting on the launch Group Managing Director Chris Brown said

 “The construction of the board represents our commitment to fostering a culture of open dialogue and collaboration across all levels of our organization. By bringing together a dedicated group of Managers, our aim is to bridge the gap between site operations and directorship, creating a platform for proactive problem-solving and improved understanding of operational challenges. The board will play a pivotal role in pre-emptively addressing day-to-day issues affecting site work and providing valuable insights to our Directorship. This initiative is an exciting development that empowers our talented team members, enabling them to contribute directly to the growth and success of our organization. Together, we are building a stronger foundation for effective communication, innovation, and operational excellence within the Applebridge Family.

The construction of the board is just one of the investments that we have made as we continue to expand, doing so consciously, and responsibly.

“ We have seen a lot of investment and growth over the last three years with the acquisition of new companies, new machinery, and a workforce that has almost doubled in size, despite this growth we wanted to ensure that our progress is being made in a way that is sustainable and does not hamper the high quality that we strive to maintain for all our clients. The development of this board will go a long way to ensuring effective communication is maintained and standards are kept at their highest.”


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