Making it count

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As a business, we’re strongly committed to giving back to the community. Whilst our track record on this goes back a long way, it has now been aligned under a clear approach called Let’s Make it Count. The initiative spans charity, community and the environment and will see our colleagues supporting a wide variety of causes.

Our HR director, Kevin Fisher, explains:

“The business has historically done a lot of work with charity and the community; but given the level of growth we’ve experienced in recent years, it was time to put more emphasis on this, which will allow us to make more of an impact. Our colleagues are really passionate in their support, which is what makes it all possible, so it’s great to see that strong business performance and hard work can go hand-in-hand with making a positive contribution to our community.”

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This year alone, we’ve made a formidable impact with our fundraising. We’ve given £26,000 to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, to support the refurbishment of its Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and have raised over £15,000 for St. Ann’s Hospice, with 26 colleagues completing the National Three Peaks Challenge to achieve this. In addition, we‘ve also supported bereavement charity Once Upon a Smile, as well as Destination Florida and a host of others, thanks to our weekly dress-down days that provide a regular collection.

For next year’s campaigns, we are asking charities to submit their nominations to with colleagues then voting as part of the selection process.

As well as fundraising, we’ve been active in engaging with the wider Manchester community.  For example, earlier this year, we hosted an art competition for schools, colleges and universities with prize funds of £7,000, with the artwork showcased in an exhibition at Stockport Art Gallery.

We also reached out to pensioners by providing a complimentary Christmas lunch for those that may be lonely during the festive season, treating over 120 guests at our offices, with carols from our own award-winning corporate choir. It proved so successful that we‘ve decided to make this an annual event, which will take place this year on 16th December.

Kevin adds: “The name Together stemmed from the fact that our business ethos is all about partnership, and that extends not just to delivering our products and services, but within our organisation and across our community. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far, but we’re really excited about what’s ahead."