Earlier this year Cheadle-based finance provider Together was awarded Excellence in CSR for its commitment to charity, community and the environment and looking back over 2017, it’s easy to see why.
Alongside its two nominated charities of the year – The Christie and Manchester Mind – the business supported over 40 local and national organisations, raising funds with a host of events including the Manchester half marathon, a family fun day, the Pretty Muddy challenge, two golf days and 48 colleague dress-down days.
In March, Together was an official call centre for Comic Relief, with 100 volunteers manning phone lines to collect donations on Red Nose Day and Premiership rugby team Sale Sharks joining in with the fundraising.
Together also donated to The Factory Youth Zone in 2017, as it has for the past five years, giving £25,000 to the Harpurhey centre which provides creative activities for youngsters with additional needs, as well as supporting their fundraising activity at the annual Manchester Ball.
Throughout the year, Together’s Foodbank went from strength to strength and collected enough donations for a total of 1800 meals.
Nigel Tedford, project manager at Stockport Foodbank which distributes the food packages said:
“This is brilliant. Everyone at Together deserves a hearty round of congratulations for this fantastic achievement. Thank you so much as this makes a massive difference to families in need.”
As well as supporting families, Together invited 150 pensioners for Christmas dinner and all the trimmings at its head office, with the company’s award-winning choir welcoming the guests for a festive feast and an afternoon of entertainment.
Alongside all this, Together’s commitment to being green saw a phenomenal 98 per cent of waste recycled each month, equal to 67,000 kg carbon saved each year or the equivalent of 50 trees!
And proving they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty, a team of eight colleagues took to the hills for a day of rewarding work to improve the National Trust’s Bosley Cloud site, braving downpours to build paths and cut back woodland and make it more accessible for visitors.
Kevin Fisher, Together’s HR director said:
“It’s been a fantastic year for us as a business with excellent trading results and sustained growth as we move forward with our ambitious plans.
“However, we’re equally proud of our community work, thanks to the continued support of our colleagues. Looking back on the year, it’s incredible to see what we can achieve when everyone plays their part.”
Find out more about Together’s Let’s Make it Count initiative here.