Brighton firm receives top award as recognition for work with local schools and colleges

Posted in: Community Last updated: 04 Jul 2013

Family Investments receives ‘Big Tick’ for Education at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards.

Brighton-based financial services company Family Investments has been recognised with a ‘Big Tick’ accolade at the 2013 Responsible Business Awards, for the support it has given local schools and colleges.

Family Investments achieved the Big Tick in the Education Category, which aims to recognise businesses that have built sustainable partnerships with schools in the UK. Family Investments runs a programme providing literacy and numeracy support in St. Bartholomew’s primary school in Brighton, and employment-skills training in Blatchington Mill secondary school and sixth-form in Hove.

Simon Hartshorn, Savings and Investments Manager at Family Investments, was presented with the Big Tick Award at the South East Responsible Business Awards dinner on 27th June, at The Hilton Hotel in Reading.

“Receiving the Big Tick award for Education is confirmation of the positive impact our activity has had on local school children and our own employees that take part.”

On collecting the award Simon said, “Family Investments has been heavily involved in supporting the local community for many years now and I am tremendously proud of what we have achieved. Receiving the Big Tick award for Education is confirmation of the positive impact our activity has had on local school children and our own employees that take part.

“Through our education initiatives we focused on improving literacy, numeracy, attendance and personal development at St. Bartholomew’s primary school, and since 2009 we have helped over 90 school children with English and Maths. We have been working in partnership with Blatchington Mill for over 13 years to give students an insight into the world of work. Over that time we have supported nearly 1300 students, providing careers advice, and helping them develop their interview techniques and employability skills.”

The Big Tick is the first level of accolade in the Responsible Business Awards, the UK’s longest-running and most respected corporate responsibility awards. The scheme was set up to champion and raise awareness of the best examples from across the UK of business making a positive difference in tackling key social and environmental issues.

Stephen Howard, Business in the Community’s Chief Executive commented, “The Responsible Business Awards shine the spotlight on an aspect of business that very rarely gets much public recognition – and that is its ability and willingness to truly transform lives, communities and society for the better. I congratulate Family Investments for its Big Tick, which recognises that it is part of a movement of companies creating value by living their values. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”

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 identify responsible business from companies who are transforming communities and in turn transforming their businesses to create a more sustainable future for all.

In numbers:

In 2013 BITC received 267 entries and awarded 106 Big Ticks.