Measuring Our Success
On a regular basis we independently review our impact in the local communities. We target different areas at each end of our site in-turn and are keen to know:
- Has Manchester Airport become more visible in the community?
- Is Manchester Airport making a positive contribution in your neighbourhood?
- What progress has been made (since our last study)?
- How can our programmes be developed and improved?
Working with Councils
We regularly meet with councillors and elected representatives to brief them on our activities and to understand more about our local communities and how we can get involved. Attendees are asked to rate the event out of four (one being poor and four excellent). The overall score for the latest event was 3.9. The two most valued items on the agenda were:
- Aviation Development
- Airport City
In 2011 for the first time tested our work against the Business in The Community Index. We tested our Community Strategy against a national standard and were joint highest new entry in the Business in the Community (BiTC) Index published in The Times during June. We were ranked silver - a significant achievement for our first entry. In 2012 we increased our rank to gold and in 2013 to Platinum (one of only three companies in the North West).
We were also honoured in 2013 to win two prestigious Big Tick awards:
- The North West Award for Employee Volunteering Company of the Year
- The Building Stronger Communities Award (for our work in Wythenshawe)
These awards recognise our work in the community which is so important to our business. Last year 500 colleagues volunteered and these awards recognise their achievements.
In 2011 our Community Relations Manager Wendy Sinfield was awarded the BiTC Leadership for Sustainability Award and in 2012 was named as a Business in the Community Game Changer. We believe that such recognition is further external endorsement of the excellent community programme that we have in place at Manchester; spear headed by Wendy and her Community Relations Team.
At the Bayer/FACE Awards 2013 (reward farmers, growers and other organisations who host school visits or offer educational activities in schools). Our partnership work with Schools in Cheshire and Wythenshawe with FACE (the Farming & Countryside Education, the National Farmers Union and Farm Phil Smallwood in Cheshire was recognised with an award.