We place considerable importance on our Corporate Social Responsibility throughout the group, looking at our desired impact on the environment, the communities in which we operate, and our people.
Each year we ask our colleagues to nominate a charity they believe will benefit from our support, and we have a charity of the year for each of our locations. We support our chosen corporate charity partners through both financial gifts and donations of time and resource.
In Guernsey, our charity of the year is Autism Guernsey, which is an independent charity set up to assist and support people on the autism spectrum in Guernsey. The charity seeks to share its knowledge and expertise with parents, carers and other professionals in order to support the development of skills and strategies needed to provide the best care and support for people with autism.
Animals in Need Foundation is our chosen charity in Gibraltar. It focuses on helping to improve the lives of abandoned and unwanted animals. They have a shelter in Spain where there are several hundred dogs that they feed, care for and rehome.
In Manchester we support Wood Street Mission, which is a children’s charity helping families living on a low income in Manchester and Salford. The charity provides practical help to meet children’s day-to-day needs and improve their life chances. They help thousands of children and their families every year, and all their services are free for families to access on referral.
Chestnut Tree House is our charity partner in Sussex. The children’s charity provides hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions across the south east.
We set ourselves ambitious fundraising targets each year and work hard to achieve them through a multitude of events, including bake-offs, an annual auction of promises and physical challenges such as bike rides, abseiling and even skydives. The company then matches every penny that gets donated to help us achieve our targets.
We strive to be a good corporate citizen in all our locations, recognising our responsibility to work in partnership with the communities in which we operate. Our aim is for these communities to benefit directly from our presence, through our support of local initiatives, charitable events and the community as a whole.
We love getting our people involved, so we encourage everyone to take their one day’s paid leave for volunteering each year. We have an enormous range of worthwhile groups that we volunteer with – from the RSPCA and Manchester’s Beacon Drop-In Centre to St Peter & St James Hospice and the Little Chapel Foundation, as well as a variety of community garden projects.
We like to do our bit for the environment and are committed to conducting our business responsibly, embedding environmental principles and practices into our everyday operations. We strive for a programme of management, continuous improvement and reporting of our direct and indirect impacts, which marks our contribution to improving the world in which we live.
Not only that, but we like to get out in the local communities where we operate to help the environment too. Our people in Guernsey, for example, carry out regular beach cleans, and we also enlisted a group of volunteers from our Haywards Heath office to clean up litter along the seafront in Brighton.