Working in Communities
We try to make a positive impact on the neighbourhoods where our people work and live, helping improve the social and economic development of their communities. Through our community investment programme, we actively support schemes tackling national issues like youth unemployment, as well as backing local social enterprise initiatives with practical help.
We build relationships at a local level to ensure we address specific local needs and make as much of a difference as we can. Where we can, we work collaboratively on these initiatives with local businesses, our suppliers and our clients.
At a broader level we are contributing to the wider economy and supporting the regeneration of communities – by creating jobs, paying salaries, and working with local suppliers, as well as through the profits we pay shareholders. We share our skills and expertise to support local projects through our active support for employee volunteering schemes. Many of our employees volunteer across various Charities and Organisations and give valuable time and skills to Community Projects, Search and Rescue and The Special Constabulary.
In return, this benefits our business by giving our employees opportunities to develop skills outside the workplace, improving their morale and raising their levels of commitment. This in turn feeds into one of our most important HR policies – the maximising of employee retention rates.