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Responsible Business Week 2015

  

Good work deserves recognition

At Trading for Good we want to shout about all the great things that small business do and we know how important recognition is to help build your reputation.

One way we can help is by awarding accreditation to businesses that have worked hard on their social value. The Trading for Good logo is the ‘mark of a good business’.

Of course we must ensure that the logo is being used fairly and by businesses who do more than just register with us. We want to recognise businesses that are actively contributing to society and their community.

In December of last year we announced a new award for Trading for Good members, The Responsible Business Award. In order for businesses to achieve this, they needed to demonstrate their good work on their profile on Trading for Good. Since then, the team here have been busy working with businesses across the country, encouraging them to seek endorsements for the activities that they have included on their profile, and where businesses have achieved five or more endorsements they have been able to be considered for the award.


The final date for requesting the Responsible Business Award was 30th March, and in line with Responsible Business Week 2015 the team have been reviewing member profiles, checking the number of activities listed, and that each business nomination has been supported by a minimum of five endorsements.

And so it gives me great pleasure to announce the following businesses who will be awarded the Responsible Business Award 2014:

Kyocera

Affinity PR

Nick Barber Architects

Alaturka Turkish Restaurant

Ipswich Town & Waterfront

Barnes Construction

Niroshini Cosmetic Acupuncture

Green Shoots Learning

Ipswich Building Society

Woodward Markwell

Cosatto 

Each of these businesses has engaged in socially responsible activities as part of their day to day business. And each of the activities listed is as varied as are the types of businesses – from fruit bowls for employees, to rewarding staff with time off when taking physical activity in their lunch break, to donations and fundraising for local charities.

With 5.2 million small businesses accounting for 60% (15.2 million) of UK private sector employment we know how important they are for our economy. The combined annual turnover of smaller businesses is £1.6 trillion, 47% of turnover in the private sector.

But did you also know that the Small businesses on Trading for Good, have raised over £7m raised for local charities and good causes and given over 94,000 pro bono hours and donated over £1m to charity. I never cease to be amazed by the good work that small businesses do for their communities. I simply believe they are in themselves amazing businesses.

 

Why not join in and shout about the good that your business does. Click here to sign up today.

 

Natalie Chaplin
About the Author

Natalie Chaplin

Natalie is a skilled business professional with more than 20 years experience of working as a manager and leader across a number of industries, within both the private and public sector.

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