Jones Brothers

Case study

Jones Brothers

A family firm based in Denbighshire, Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK was founded in the 1950s by brothers Glyn and Elwyn Jones in Ruthin. Now an employer of over 350 people, the company continues to base its headquarters in the town.

Today, the company is owned and run by the second and third generations of the Jones family.

From its roots as an agricultural plant hire business run from the family farm, Jones Bros is now a thriving modern company who provide environmental and civil engineering solutions to some of the UK’s most challenging civil engineering projects. They are currently working on contracts in a diverse range of areas including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and in energy, including wind farms.

The company has a strong focus and commitment to the Denbighshire economy and recruits locally where possible. They also offer extensive training and career development to encourage employees to gain new skills. Jones Bros has developed a substantial training programme that includes general construction and plant operator apprenticeships. They deliver their high-quality, accredited, courses from an in-house training centre and the firm is proud that some of its most senior engineers and project managers started as apprentices. It also recruits new engineers into the business through a variety of routes. These include HNC students, recently qualified HNC and graduate trainees, as well as experienced engineers. Unusually within civil engineering contracting, the company employs operatives on its payroll, rather than hiring in different sub-contractors for each project it wins.

Jones Bros business model means the firm has the in-house expertise to take on some of the UK’s biggest civil engineering projects while maintaining the flexibility and personable approach of a family business. It also has a dedicated surfacing team and one of the biggest heavy plant fleets in the UK, both of which can be hired separately to its civil engineering services.

The company is currently recruiting apprentices and trainee engineers.