NW businesses celebrate at 'Business in the Community’s' annual awards

14th June 2013

Businesses across the North West were celebrating last night as they received awards for community and sustainability work from Business in the Community. The national charity is led by HRH The Prince of Wales, and is committed to building resilient communities, diverse workplaces and a more sustainable future.

Sponsored by Accenture and Electricity North West, the annual Responsible Business Awards ceremony, which took place at The Monastery in Manchester, recognised the powerful and positive role North West businesses are playing in responsible business. It also celebrated and recognised individuals and business leaders within the region who have made a significant personal contribution to the local community.

More than 28 businesses were commended for their responsible business programmes, including the Co-Op, Carillion plc and Wates Group. Manchester Airport was the winner of the Building Stronger Communities Award for its work with its local community of Wythenshawe, by supporting education, employability skills and employment; helping to regenerate the local area and create a strong workforce to meet the growing needs of the Airport.

Wates Group has been awarded the Business Class Award in recognition of its three year partnership with St. Matthew RC High School in Manchester that has built awareness around careers in construction, improved skills, inspiration and experience to grow their future workforce.

The awards were presented by broadcaster Sara Coburn, alongside Peter Lambert OBE, deputy chief executive of Business in the Community, who said: “Corporate Social Responsibility is moving from something that’s nice for companies to have, to something that’s imperative – it makes for better communities, happier employees and ultimately more successful businesses. There is some inspiring work going on in the North West with businesses of all sizes, which is making a big impact across the region.”

Andrew Cowan, Chief Operating Officer for Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “We focus our community work on the areas closest to Manchester Airport and give priority to those with the greatest social and economic need. We want staff to be ambassadors for the business and for volunteering to be seen as part of their role and not something that needs to be done out of work time. We often witness with colleagues that when they have the opportunity to volunteer it is often in the area where they live and provides a positive benefit for everyone – the staff member, the business and our local community. We’re delighted to have been recognised by Business in the Community again”.

A full list of winners is as follows:

Local Impact Awards

North West Building Stronger Communities Award
• Winner: Manchester Airports Group (MAG)
• Highly Commended: The Up and Under Group

North West Business Class Award
• Winner: Wates Group
• Highly Commended: DWF, KPMG

North West Employee Volunteer of the Year Award
• Winner: Carillion Plc
• Highly Commended: Manchester Airports Group (MAG)

North West Employee Volunteering Company of the Year Award
• Winner: Manchester Airports Group (MAG)
• Highly Commended: BNY Mellon, Impact International

North West Work Inspiration Award
• Winner: Aircelle
• Highly Commended: MWH
• Reaccreditation: Impact International

Big Ticks

Responsible Business of the Year
• Platinum Big Tick awarded to Manchester Airports Group (MAG), The Co-Operative and United Utilities

Asda Enterprise Growth Award
• Shortlist: The Co-Operative

Citi International Award
• Shortlist: The Co-Operative

Customer Engagement on Sustainability
• Shortlist: EH Booth & Co

Inspiring Social Action in Young People
• Shortlist: The Co-Operative

Jaguar Land Rover Marketplace Responsibility Award
• Shortlist: EH Booth & Co, Speedy Services

Skills in the Workplace Award
• Reaccreditation: Enterprise

Anglo American Responsible Supply Chain Award
• Reaccreditation: Lake Free Range Egg Company Ltd
• Reaccreditation: United Utilities Water Plc

Channel 4 Work Inspiration Award
• Reaccreditation: Merseytravel

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Education Award
• Reaccreditation: Pinsent Masons LLP

Norse Commercial Services Work Inclusion Award
• Reaccreditation Trafford Housing Trust

ENDS

For more information, contact the press office on 0161 489 2700 or email press.office@manairport.co.uk

About Business in the Community

Business in the Community stands for responsible business. We are a unique business movement of 850 member companies - the largest business-led charity of its kind - committed to building resilient communities, diverse workplaces and a more sustainable future. We work locally, nationally and internationally with members to transform businesses and transform communities. We believe that responsible leadership is the ability to balance doing both. We ask our members to work with us on specific campaigns that make a difference in the workplace, marketplace and community. And we offer a range of services that challenge, support and inspire members and help transform their businesses. Business in the Community is one of The Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President. www.bitc.org.uk

The Responsible Business Awards

Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards celebrate the powerful and positive role that business is playing in society. The Awards are the UK’s longest running and most respected corporate responsibility awards. They shine a spotlight on the organisations that are transforming their business by integrating responsible business practices and transforming the communities in which they operate to create a more sustainable future for us all.

With over 350 companies entering this year’s awards programme, BITC will be celebrating responsible business excellence across the UK with a series of regional Gala dinners in June, culminating in the Responsible Business Gala Dinner on 2 July at the Royal Albert Hall.

Published on: 14/06/2013 16:13:34