Marks & Spencer and Morrisons are among the firms shortlisted for the Business Charity Awards 2015

The awards event is due to be held on 19 May in London

Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards
Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards

> This article has been amended; see final paragraph

The retail giants Marks & Spencer and Morrisons are among the companies shortlisted for this year’s Third Sector Business Charity Awards.

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

This year’s shortlist includes more than 60 finalists across 17 categories. Entrants that have been shortlisted include the bakers Greggs, which will be competing for the Business of the Year award, and the healthcare company Johnson & Johnson, which has been shortlisted in the Challenge Event category for its fundraising efforts for Save the Children.

Marks & Spencer has been shortlisted in the Cause-Related Marketing category for selling bespoke poppy jewellery to raise money for the Royal British Legion, and Morrisons has been shortlisted in the categories of Challenge Event and Employee Engagement for its work with the care charity Sue Ryder.

Other finalists include Barclays Bank, which has been shortlisted three times in the category of Charity Partnership – Financial and Professional for partnerships with different charities.

The shortlist also recognises the contribution smaller companies make to the charity sector. Shortlisted entrants in the Charity Partnership – Small Businesses category include the property firm Crabtree Property Group for its work with the Lullaby Trust, and the communications company Political Lobbying Media Relations, which has been shortlisted for Business of the Year.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie event on Tuesday 19 May at the Brewery, London. To find out more, click here.


Business Charity Champion
Keith Breslauer, founder and managing director, Patron Capital 
Anne-Marie Kesselman, head of marketing and corporate responsibility, GL Hearn
David Morley, worldwide senior partner, Allen & Overy LLP

Business of the Year
Nationwide Building Society

Cause-Related Marketing
Home Retail Group/Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer Scotland and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland – Argos 'Memories' pendant
Marks & Spencer/Royal British Legion – Bespoke Poppy jewellery
Pampers/Unicef – 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine campaign

Challenge Event
Johnson & Johnson/Save the Children – Race to Brazil 2014
Santander/British Heart Foundation – 50 Million Step Challenge
Kier/Kier Foundation – Integrating Infrastructure
Wm Morrison/Sue Ryder – Raise a Smile Partnership
Yorkshire Building Society Group/Marie Curie Cancer Care – Hour of Need

Charity Partnership
Boeing/Royal Aeronautical Society
FirstGroup/Macmillan Cancer Support
Keyline/Prostate Cancer UK
Slimming World/Cancer Research UK

Charity Partnership – Financial and Professional
Barclays Bank/Plan UK and Care International
Barclays Bank/Student Hubs
Barclays Bank/Unicef UK
FTI Consulting/Citizenship Foundation
Investec/Bromley by Bow Centre
Lloyds Banking Group/Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland

Charity Partnership – Retail and Leisure
BHS/Missing People
Home Retail Group/Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer Scotland and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Lidl/Clic Sargent 
The Body Shop/Teenage Cancer Trust
The Rank Group/Carers Trust
Vision Express/Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

Charity Partnership – Small Businesses (turnover of less than £6.5m)
Crabtree Property Group/The Lullaby Trust
Grays Tea Rooms/Town & Country Foundation

Charity Partnership Short-term
Credit Suisse/Parkinson's UK
EDF Energy/British Science Association
Igloo Books/Children with Cancer UK
Text Santa 2014/Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie, Teenage Cancer Trust, Together for Short Lives and WellChild

Community Impact - National
Asda/British Heart Foundation
Npower/Macmillan Cancer Support
Royal Mail Group/Missing People
Tesco/FareShare and the Trussell Trust

Community Impact – Local
Investec/Arrival Education
Investec/Bromley by Bow Centre
Capital One/Age UK Notts and Business In The Community
Standard Life/The Prince's Trust, Career Academies and other partners

Corporate Foundation
Mac Aids Fund UK
Support Adoption For Pets
The Berkeley Foundation  
Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

CSR Team
Royal Mail Group

Employee Engagement
JTI UK/various charities
Lloyds Banking Group/Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland
Wm Morrison/Sue Ryder

Employment Scheme
To be announced on the night

Outstanding Employee
Judith Crowe, store manager, Vision Express
Clare Francis, editor in chief, MoneySuperMarket  
Joanne Jackson, regional manager, The Range

Single Project
Laing O’Rourke Construction/Haven House Children’s Hospice – Haven House Sensory Garden
Marks & Spencer/Royal British Legion – Lights Out
Royal Bank of Scotland/Charities Aid Foundation – #GivingTuesday
Societe Generale/Alzheimer’s Society – Creating a Dementia-Friendly Company

> The original shortlist had a single category for Community Impact but the judges had decided to split the category into Community Impact - Local and Community Impact - National. The shortlist and news story have been amended to reflect this change.

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