1.8 tonnes of rubbish removed during one of the country’s biggest canal clean ups.

By Maddy Bolton | 26 February 2021

1.8 tonnes of rubbish, comprising 809 Kg of plastic waste was removed from a 10-mile stretch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in one of the country’s biggest canal clean-ups.  Almost 300 colleagues from Asda House took time out to make a difference and help tackle the plastic pollution crisis, supported by Canal & River…

Rance Booth Smith Architects Help Charity Bus Redevelopment

By Maddy Bolton | 19 February 2021

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…

Unlocking Talent During Lockdown

By Maddy Bolton | 19 February 2021

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…

Hungate York

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13 February 2020

How we went about choosing environmental actions We looked at our environment, our local community. Working alongside residents and organisations such as the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Friends of St Nick’s we identified area’s and opportunities for improvements. Alongside stakeholders and residents we undertook periods of consultation to ensure it really was the best possible…

Collaborative Working

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13 February 2020

They say caring is sharing and recently, we felt the power of sharing our experiences of making an impact in our own community with another like-minded local business. Naylor Wintersgill, the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Bradford and with offices in Leeds, specialises in supporting cross-sector owner managed SMEs and adds true value…

Rance Booth Smith Architects – How to make the most of CSR

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13 February 2020

Rance Booth Smith Architects provide some tips on how to make the most out of CSR in your business. CSR needs to be introduced into the culture of the business, and selecting specific causes from the many can be a challenge. Talk to your staff – learn about staff interests and ask for their suggestions.…

Naylor Wintersgill

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13 February 2020

Naylor Wintersgill is the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Bradford city centre. As a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, we’re a trust worthy source of advice on a wide range of business, audit, accounting and taxation matters with over 50 team members. Looking at your company vision…

"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

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Suzanne Cocker, Business Development Assistant

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Liz Weatherall, Managing Director

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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."

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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."

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