Business Charity Awards shortlist

Third Sector's annual awards highlight and celebrate the best partnerships between companies and charities. This year's shortlist contains a wide range of impressive contenders

Business Charity Awards
Business Charity Awards

Some of the UK’s best-known companies are among the firms shortlisted for this year’s Third Sector Business Charity Awards.

Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate the contribution that UK businesses make to voluntary sector organisations and social enterprises.

Among the companies to make the shortlist this year are Asda and Sky, which are vying for the prestigious Business of the Year award, and the Royal Mail Group, which is in contention for the Charity Partnership award for its partnership with Prostate Cancer UK.

This year’s awards continue to recognise the contribution smaller companies make to the voluntary sector. Shortlisted entrants for Charity Partnership – Small Business include IT company Bluecube Technology Solutions for its work with the Brain Tumour Charity and the agency Just Health Communications:: for its partnership with Meningitis Now. A total of 66 companies have been shortlisted across 18 categories.

The shortlist was drawn up by 17 judges from private and voluntary sectors at a judging day held at Coin Street on London’s South Bank earlier this month.

The judges had a challenging time selecting the finalists from a list of almost 150 entries, but after much deliberation they reached their decisions.

They also took the decision to split the Community Impact award into two categories for the first time. This year, they’ll be a Community Impact – National award that recognises the impact companies have had in more than one community, and a Community Impact – Local category that recognises the contribution firms have made to an individual area.

The awards will be presented at a black-tie dinner on Tuesday 13 May at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, central London.

Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector, says: "The quality and number of entries have been extremely high this year, which has made the judges’ task far from easy. We look forward to seeing the shortlisted entrants on the night of the awards."

Affinity Marketing
Central England Co-operative/Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council
ScottishPower/Cancer Research UK

Business Charity Champion
Cristy Cunnick, Ethicall
Charlotte Hill, Tesco
Paul Scully, Appt Corporation
Malcolm Walker, Alzheimer's Research UK

Business of the Year
Slimming World

Cause-Related Marketing
Age UK/Innocent
Central England Co-operative/Saffron Lane Neighbourhood Council
Paddy Power/Stonewall
Ruark Audio/Nordoff Robbins
World Wildlife Fund/ Whiskas (Mars Petcare)

Challenge Event
ASK Italian/Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital – ASK Italians Grand Tour
Investec Plc/The Lord's Taverners – Investec Ashes 2013 Cycel Challenge
Lloyds Banking Group/Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland – Lloyds Banking Group Graduate Charity Challenge
Marks & Spencer/Action Cancer, Action Medical Research, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer UK and The Marie Keating Foundation – The M&S Bike 24 challenge
Morgan Lovell/Downs Syndrome Association Charity SOS
Tate & Lyle Sugars/Richard House Children's Hospice Richard House Shop Challenge

Charity Partnership
Cisco/Comic Relief
City Plumbing Supplies/Teenage Cancer Trust
Compass Group /Cancer Research UK
Network Rail/Action for Children
Royal Mail Group/Prostate Cancer UK

Charity Partnership - Financial and Professional
Allen & Overy LLP/AfriKids

Nationwide Building Society/Macmillan Cancer Support
Standard Life Plc/Royal British Legion
Teach First/BlackRock
The Co-operative Legal Services/ Remember A Charity
Yorkshire Building Society Group/Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Charity Partnership - Retail and Leisure
Jo Malone London/Thrive
Laughing Phoenix/Beat & Dove Self-Esteem Project
Lidl/CLIC Sargent
 Tate & Lyle Sugars/Newham All Stars Sports Academy
Tesco/Diabetes UK

Charity Partnership - Small Businesses (turnover of less than £6.5m)
Bluecube Technology Solutions (BTS)/The Brain Tumour Charity
Camden Town Unlimited/CTU Community Project
Just:: Health Communications/Meningitis Now
Starstruck Media Foundation/Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Town & Country Housing Group/ Green Team Enterprises

Charity Partnership Short-term
Diageo/Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF)
Forward Foundation/Forward Group & War Child UK
Millwall Football Club/Prostate Cancer UK
Phoenix Group/ Birmingham St Mary's Hospice
The Co-operative/Carers Trust

Community Impact – Local
Camden Town Unlimited/CTU Community Project for Collective
Nationwide Building Society/West Midlands Fire Service Safeside for Safety in Numbers
Second Nature/Help For Heroes for Help For Heroes self-help kitchens & vocational training
Westfield Health/ Transplant Sport  for Westfield Health British Transplant Games/

Community Impact - National
AkzoNobel UK Decorative Paints/Communiy Repaint  for Bringing Colour to the Community
Lloyds Banking Group/ Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland for Tea and Talk
Starbucks/UK Youth for Starbucks Youth Action
Total Holdings UK/ Young People's for the Environment for Total Green Schools Awards

Corporate Foundation
The Asda Foundation
The Cadbury Foundation

The National Express Foundation
The Nationwide Foundation
Thomson Reuters Foundation

CSR Team
RS Components

Employee Engagement
Dell UK / Action for Children, Transformation Trust, Clic Sargent, Neuroblastoma Alliance
Greene King /Macmillan Cancer
Just:: Health Communications/A Just:: Cause
KPMG LLP/Restless Development, Fairtrade, Child Helpline

Outstanding Employee
Val Breakwell, Compass Group
Christopher Brown, Laing O'Rourke
Clare Cox, Channel 4
Matthew Fitch, Laing O'Rourke
Liz Lowe, Coca-Cola

Overseas Project
KPMG LLP/Restless Development, Fairtrade, Child Helpline for KPMG’s BRIGHT Programme
Marks and Spencer/UNICEF for UNICEF Hanger Recycling
R Twining & Co Ltd/Mercy Corps for Twinings Darjeeling Water and Sanitation Programme
Thames Water/WaterAid for Thames4Bangladesh

Single Project
Lidl Northern Ireland /Cancer Focus Northern Ireland for Fit Factor
National Grid/ Special Olympics GB for National Grid support of Special Olympics GB Summer Games
The Goodwork Organisation/Breathe On for Breathe On

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