Investec crowned Business of the Year at Business Charity Awards

The financial services firm was rewarded at a black-tie dinner in London last night for its work with the Bromley by Bow Centre in east London, one of 23 awards in total

Susie Steyn, corporate sustainability manager at Investec, receives the Business of the Year Award from host Declan Curry (left) and Third Sector editor Andy Hillier
Susie Steyn, corporate sustainability manager at Investec, receives the Business of the Year Award from host Declan Curry (left) and Third Sector editor Andy Hillier

The financial services firm Investec has been named Business of the Year at Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards, which recognise the outstanding contribution that UK companies make to good causes.

The company took home the award for its long-standing work with the Bromley by Bow Centre on a scheme that has helped to launch scores of social enterprises in deprived parts of east London.

Guests at the awards ceremony, held at the Hilton Bankside hotel in London last night and hosted by the broadcast journalist Declan Curry, had earlier seen Investec’s work with the Bromley by Bow Centre win the Community Impact award as well.

The insurance firm Aviva won the CSR Team of the Year award plus the Charity Partnership – Financial Services award for its work with the British Red Cross.

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The Rail Industry Suicide Stakeholder Group with Samaritans also took home both the Marketing Initiative of the Year and the Consortium awards for their joint work on the We Listen campaign, which aims to reduce suicides on the railways by encouraging those most at risk to seek help.

David Fawcett, customer services manager for the consultancy Amey in Hampshire, was named Outstanding Employee for his role in helping to create a culture at the company in which the majority of staff view corporate social responsibility as a core part of its work.

The Berkeley Foundation won the Corporate Foundation award and the financial company the Ikano Group won the Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year for its work with Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

Companies to take home awards recognising excellent work with charity partners included the BMW Group UK, Boots Opticians, the BT Group and Yorkshire Water.

Full list of winners

Challenge Event of the Year PWS with Help For Heroes

Charity Partnership – Automotive & Transport BMW Group UK with Whizz-Kidz

Charity Partnership – Consumer Goods/Food & Beverage Ella's Kitchen with Save the Children

Charity Partnership – Fashion and Retail Andrews Charitable Trust with 1625 Independent People

Charity Partnership – Financial Services (Banks) Société Générale with Mind

Charity Partnership – Financial Services (Insurance) Aviva with the British Red Cross

Charity Partnership – Health, Beauty & Pharmaceuticals Boots Opticians with the National Literacy Trust

Charity Partnership – Legal Hogan Lovells with London's Air Ambulance

Charity Partnership – Media & Entertainment Pearson with Kiva

Charity Partnership – Professional Services OC&C Strategy Consultants with Just Like Us

Charity Partnership – Property & Construction CBRE with Shelter

Charity Partnership – Telecoms & Technology BT Group with Rio Ferdinand Foundation & 5 Star Active

Charity Partnership – Utilities & Services Yorkshire Water with WaterAid

Charity Partnership – Small Businesses JPA Furniture

Charity Partnership – Sport, Travel & Leisure Festival Republic with ActionAid

Community Impact Investec with the Bromley by Bow Centre

Consortium Award Rail Industry Suicide Stakeholder Group with Samaritans

Corporate Foundation Award The Berkeley Foundation

CSR Team of the Year Aviva

Employee Engagement Initiative of the Year Ikano Group with Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Marketing Initiative of the Year Rail Industry Suicide Stakeholder Group with Samaritans

Outstanding Employee David Fawcett, customer services manager, Amey

Business of the Year Investec

SEE ALSO Read about all the winners

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