Manchester Airport receives 3 prestigious ‘Big Tick’ awards from Business in the Community


Manchester Airport has been named as one of a small cadre of businesses to be recognised by Business in the Community’s (BITC) coveted National Big Ticks for their work in the local community. Three of the Airport’s initiatives received “Big Ticks” – a unique achievement for one business in the same year.

The Airport was also announced as the joint highest new entry in the Business in the Community's Corporate Responsibility Index, which is the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility. While Wendy Sinfield, the airport’s Community Relations Manager, won the North West 'Leadership for Sustainability' award with judges commenting on her enthusiastic and passionate approach.

(Image - Maggie Unwin, Helen McNabb, Wendy Sinfield and Jonathan Challis from the Community Relations Team with their awards.")

The Big Tick is first awarded at regional level for inspirational programmes that are making a positive impact on the community, the environment or wider society. Selected winners then go on to compete for the national Awards for Excellence.

The airport was recognised in the Education Award for its scheme that encourages colleagues to develop skills by mentoring, becoming Governors and supporting out-of-school activities. In the Employability Awards, the Airport Academy project was recognised for offering career opportunities to local unemployed people. The Academy has helped 585 people through its programme, with 41% successfully moving into work at the airport. Finally, the 3rd award went to the airport’s Work Experience Programme which was rewarded for developing young people from the local community with specialised placements at the airport designed to raise aspiration by allowing them to see the workings of a 21st century airport.

Andrew Harrison, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, commented: “Our approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability is a big part of who we are as a company. It’s a core value for us and we are delighted its been recognised by our communities and stakeholders. It’s also something our staff are keen to get involved in and realise the value of. It’s pleasing to me to see we’re having a positive impact but also that we are sharing the benefits of our business amongst the wider community, especially those in greatest need.”

Categories span environmental, community, workplace and marketplace programmes. The awards celebrate companies who are delivering successful responsible business programmes at local, national and international levels. Judged by business, there are 14 national award categories open to all sizes of business and they are free to enter.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Manchester Airport on achieving their 3 Big Ticks. It is a challenging time for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus and are transforming their businesses to make a positive impact on people and society and are prepared to lead by example. That’s what Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence are all about – celebrating responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen and the benefits to the business and society of doing so. Communities and consumers need to see that businesses are proactive, visible and engaged on the big issues of the day, as the airport has demonstrated.”

The best of the National Big Tick winners will go forward to judging panels to identify an overall Example of Excellence award in each category, with two entries from Manchester Airport going through. The overall winners will be announced in London at the Awards for Excellence Gala Event sponsored by Unilever on 5 July.

Manchester Airport was the joint highest new entry in the Business in the Community's Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI), which is the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility. The CRI helps companies to integrate and improve corporate responsibility throughout their business operations, by providing a systematic approach to managing, measuring and reporting on business impacts in society and on the environment.


For more information contact the Manchester Airport press office on 0161 489 2700 or email or Ochuko Adekoya at Business in the Community on 020 7566 8758.


Published on: 10/06/2011 15:56:29