Chamber launches businesses ‘Pledge’ to encourage social impact

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has launched a “Make a Pledge” campaign to encourage local businesses to commit to their social responsibilities. Introduced as part of the Chamber’s ‘Raising the Bar’ dedicated social responsibility programme, the new ‘Make a Pledge’ campaign aims to encourage businesses and teams across the region to consider how…

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Rance Booth Smith Architects Help Charity Bus Redevelopment

During lockdown, Rance Booth Smith Architects have been helping a local charity visualise the conversion of their Leyland Tiger bus into a hygiene and laundrette facility. The bus is currently having mechanical repairs and undergoing exterior refurbishment works prior to internal changes.  Once complete, the project aims to provide showering and toilet facilities, offer a…

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Unlocking Talent During Lockdown

Whilst periods of lockdown and local restriction tiers are something we have all become accustomed to for almost a year, the closure of our school gates has been one of the the most painful consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic , particularly for those students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Clearly, it is right to close our schools…

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LNER staff raise £200,000 for suicide prevention

LNER colleagues have now completed more than 5,000 volunteering hours, supporting 12,000 beneficiaries through foodbanks, anti-loneliness initiatives, the NHS, and many more groups. This has delivered a social value of more than £80,000, with this figure continuing to grow day on day. The efforts of LNER colleagues in recent weeks has also seen LNER pass…

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Yorkshire Building Society’s Quiet Hour – Making branches accessible for people with additional needs

The Yorkshire Building Society’s ‘Quiet Hour’ is available in most of our branches and agencies every Wednesday towards the end of the day. It’s aimed at those who have sensory sensitivities or impairments, dementia, learning disabilities, ADHD and autism, or mental health conditions like anxiety. Introduced to better support customers who would otherwise find it…

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Inspire, highlight, act, enter!

Blog written by Suzanne Watson, Managing Director of Approach PR In my lifetime, there has never been a time when a sense of community has been more important and more needed than now. And never was the West & North Yorkshire Chamber’s Raising The Bar initiative more relevant than now. Businesses Acting Responsibly embraces everything…

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Responding to community needs following COVID-19

Background Provident Financial Group’s Social Impact Programme has evolved over time to address both the needs of our business and the needs of the communities in which we operate. The programme reflects our purpose of helping to put people on the path to a better everyday life and supports this by addressing key barriers to…

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Provident Financial achieves certification during ‘lockdown’ situation

Despite the challenges businesses have been facing into as a result of the current ‘lockdown’ situation, Provident Financial Group has, throughout March and April 2019 had environmental audits conducted across its Bradford, London, Chatham and Petersfield sites that have enabled it to maintain certification to the internationally-recognised environmental management standard ISO 14001 – this involved…

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