A HALESOWEN housebuilding firm has contributed more than £115.1 million to the UK’s economic output in the past year, according to a new report.

The report highlights the contribution Whitehall Road-based company Barratt Homes West Midlands has given to the region and its socio-economic footprint from July 1, 2016, to June 31, 2017.

Planning consultant Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) reports Barratt Homes has supported 1,900 jobs in the region directly and through its contractors and suppliers, including five new graduates, trainees and apprentices.

The firm has also worked with 370 subcontractor companies and 380 supplier companies, spending £13.4m on local contributions.

More than 38,000 trees or shrubs have been planted or retained on its developments, while 90 per cent of components used in the company’s construction process were manufactured in the UK.

Adrian Farr, managing director, said: “We are very aware of the vital role we play in helping to boost the local economy.

“We are committed to a strategy that includes leaving a positive and lasting legacy in the communities in which we build homes.

“This can be through anything including job creation, strengthening surrounding businesses or enhancing and protecting the local environment.

“We are very proud to be a major force in the growth and prosperity of the region, and look forward to continuing our work in 2018.”