Building Bridges Bradford

By Maddy Bolton | 16 May 2022

The pandemic inevitably required most businesses and community organisations to reduce social contacts. However, Manningham Housing Association (MHA) took the opposite approach with the launch of Building Bridges Bradford. Spearheaded by its Community Engagement team, the project sought to bolster community resilience, enhance societal awareness across diverse communities and challenge racism, prejudices and community division…

Horticulturists raise over £700 for Cancer Research

Horticulturists achieve over 11 million steps and raise over £700 during March for Cancer Research

By Maddy Bolton | 26 April 2022

Staff at one of the UK’s largest nurseries, Johnsons of Whixley have achieved over 11 million steps during March as part of the Cancer Research Walk All Over Cancer Challenge. The Yorkshire nursery staff involved in the challenge raised a combined amount of £736.50 for the Cancer Research Charity and achieved a combined step count of 11.4…

York St John University wins sustainability award after completing decarbonisation project on campus

By Maddy Bolton | 9 February 2022

Green energy rollout is a significant step towards carbon neutrality.   York St John University has worked with green energy providers on a major project to reduce the carbon footprint of its sites in York.   It’s estimated that the project will mean an annual saving of 640,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) combined with a reduction of…

The journey to providing powerful and greener web hosting

By Maddy Bolton | 22 November 2021

Starting a business requires a lot of consideration; financial, location, employees, products, to name but a few. But it isn’t just the importance of how to make a business successful and meet its client’s needs. It also requires careful consideration of the bigger picture: its environmental impact. Back in 2008, Nick Bascombe-Fox and Esmond Hastings…

We are Raising the Bar – talking about going green and acting on it

By Maddy Bolton | 18 November 2021

In mid-November, recognition was given to businesses who strive to enhance the environment and community in which we live through the Raising the Bar Make a Pledge campaign. In March 2021, the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce launched its Raising the Bar Make a Pledge Campaign, developed to encourage businesses to think about…

SVH Inc. – A Response to Raising The Bar

By Maddy Bolton | 17 November 2021

SVH Inc. is a Harrogate based business owned by Valentina and Stephen Hynes, which started operations in January, 2020. The business was built on an in person model, providing holistic wellbeing at work services through ‘Away Day Experiences’ at their destination partners – Allerton Castle, Castle Howard, Hazlewood Castle and The Cookery School at The…

Caty Hollis – A Marie Curie Nurse’s Story

By Maddy Bolton | 22 October 2021

I am a Registered Nurse and have been working at the Marie Curie Bradford Hospice on the In Patient Unit for 18 years. I decided to become a Palliative Care Nurse after working on a Vascular ward where I felt particularly drawn to caring for the patients coming to the end of their lives. When…

Meet UNTHA UK – one man’s trash is another man’s treasure…

By Maddy Bolton | 17 August 2021

In the heart of North Yorkshire, is an ambitious business – and Chamber of Commerce member – with bold environmental goals. UNTHA UK – part of an Austrian-owned global organisation – specialises in the provision of industrial shredders that help to transform materials many people would simply consider rubbish, into valuable resources that can be…

Christeyns UK ups green credentials with new Project Terra

By Maddy Bolton | 12 August 2021

Already known for its green credentials, hygiene chemical and engineering specialist Christeyns UK is driving the company’s environmental agenda from Board level down. “The impact our industry has on the environment is significant,” states Justin Kerslake, Operations Director. “As a company, Christeyns is focused on doing all it can to reduce these environmental impacts and…

TF Automation chooses Bradford Central Foodbank as its 2021 charity

By Maddy Bolton | 12 May 2021

TF Automation has decided to support Bradford Central Foodbank as its charity for the year in 2021. To kickstart our support, the company requested Easter Egg Donations from staff and 25 were donated from our small team of 19. As well as the Easter Eggs, the company also donated around £40 worth of essential items…

"Raising the Bar is a fantastic way to recognise and share best practice within the region. We were delighted to win an award, our team of Solenis volunteers work really hard in the Science Lab, for kids and fully deserved the recognition."

Solenis (formerly BASF)

Joanne Love, Site Communicator

"Raising the Bar celebrates the positive impact that companies are making on the local community. We're working with many local schools, promoting engineering and construction; and we're delighted to have our efforts recognised. The awards ceremony allowed us to see some of the other amazing initiatives, which are having positive impacts across Yorkshire." 

Curtins

Suzanne Cocker, Business Development Assistant

"Our mission is to be a leader in the integration of communities by providing interpreting, employment and impactful social return initiatives to support people to live healthier, happier lives. Winning the Raising The Bar award allows us to shine a light on our work and to celebrate all those involve in making a difference in people's lives."

Enable2 CIC

Liz Weatherall, Managing Director

"We've been supporting the Bradford community for over 100 years now and it's been fantastic to be recognised as a responsible business at the Raising the Bar awards and for our team to receive the acknowledgment they deserve for all their hard work and commitment to our home city."

Naylor Wintersgill

Victoria Wainwright, Managing Director

"Winning the Raising the Bar community award is an honour that means a lot to everyone at Roche Legal as it has allowed us to showcase the extensive community and charity work we undertake. It is incredibly inspiring to be recognised alongside other small businesses who also do such wonderful work for the benefit of local people and organisations. We will continue our commitment to support local good causes and look forward to organising many more events and initiatives in the years to come."

Roche Legal

Rachel Roche, Managing Director

"Raising the Bar has been a fantastic initiative for helping us with our social responsibility aims. Winning an award in 2018 was great recognition for our team and inspires us to continue to help the local community."

Hungate by Lendlease

Steven Graham, Community Liaison Manager

"Winning a Raising the Bar award in 2018 was excellent recognition for our team and inspires us to do more to improve our local environment."

Mott MacDonald

Emma Wren, Principal Hydrologist

"Raising the Bar is a great way to benchmark yourself and to get recognition for something that most businesses are doing anyway. Winning an Award provided our team with a great sense of achievement and pride."

B&M Waste Services

Jayne Kennedy, Marketing Manager 

"The awards themselves are inspirational, it's great to see the work that others do, and a chance to share ideas."

Jayne Talbot - Christeyns

Jayne Talbot