Community InvolvementSponsored by Adnams
The Community Involvement award is aimed at commercial businesses than can demonstrate how they combine business success with involvement in their community, in ways which go beyond their core business strategy.
Entrants were expected to consistently demonstrate good citizenship and show commitment outside normal business practice to people, places and events that are not directly aimed at improving their own business profile. In particular, the judges were looking for:
Initiative – examples of local projects that your business has been instrumental in initiating or in which it has had a leading role from the outset;
Company Involvement – evidence of the support of the company management in supporting community or charity projects and whether staff are actively encouraged to become involved. Are there staff incentives to support community projects and charities?;
Impact – details of how projects in which you have been actively involved have directly benefited the local community;
Education – does your business support local education, whether at primary, secondary, further or higher level?
Winner: Pound Gates
Pound Gates is an insurance broking and risk management organisation which aims to deliver amazing outcome for its clients.
It looks beyond pure insurance, delivering certainty through a commitment to understanding the client’s business and using its expertise to provide tailored risk solutions.
The judges said: “Pound Gates employees visibly live the company’s values, at work and at play. They demonstrated clarity of focus on why they get involved in such a wide range of community activities and there is clear and inspirational leadership from the senior management team on importance of being good citizens.”
PPG is the world’s leading coatings company and Stowmarket is one of its key global manufacturing centres.
PPG recognises its responsibility to preserve and protect the global environment in which it operates, and runs its businesses using sound environment, health, safety and product stewardship practices. It also communicates with the public, participates in governmental processes and supports local communities.
The judges said: “The community of Stowmarket clearly benefits from having PPG in its midst. It would be an easy route to simply donate their products to local causes, yet PPG go much further with their employees giving up their time and rolling up their sleeves to really make a difference.”
Observatory the Opticians
Observatory the Opticians is part of Observatory Wardale Williams, a group of eight professional and independent opticians.
They share a sense of purpose in delivering the highest standards of service, as has been recognised with national awards. One core standard is that the practices are integral to their community.
The judges said: “Observatory is a great example of a business being embedded in its community, from Wear a Wig Wednesday’s to more serious cycle challenges and much more in between,
“Observatory clearly demonstrated that its is willing to go that extra mile for its customers and to get involved in its community.”
"The entries accurately reflect the vibrant business community which is so valuable, and indeed vital, to the region in which we live and work."Terry HuntEditor, East Anglian Daily Times