Earlier this month 50 businesses from across West and North Yorkshire attended the Chamber’s ‘Raising the Bar’ Awards. The Chamber’s corporate social responsibility scheme is now in its second year, and it allows businesses of all shapes and sizes to record and benchmark the activities they undertake in the four key areas of community, education, economy and the Environment.
The event was hosted by strong CSR advocate Steve Waud, Fund Director of the Business Enterprise Fund, with guest speaker Sally Anne Greenfield, Chief Executive of Leeds Community Foundation who spoke of the importance of all contributions made by the business community no matter how small.
The nature of the scheme which takes into account the size of an organisation into its benchmarking and scoring scheme was reflected by the delegates that varied from large banks through to micro businesses. It was equally reflected by the shortlists from each category.
In a night of real celebration the category winners were:
Community – The Midland Hotel
Education – Rex Procter and Partners
Economy – Naylor Wintersgill
Environment – Christeyns
The overall winner for the second year running was Shipley based architects Rance Booth Smith, with the judges being impressed by the fact that even though they won the award in 2013, they continued to ‘raise the bar’ even higher in 2014.
Sandy Needham Chief Executive of the Chamber said: “It is amazing and satisfying to see how much businesses put back into the wider community. We want more and more companies next year to take part in the initiative so we can record and celebrate how much we all do as a collective business community.”