Boots, the Co-operative Group and British Gas are among the household names to be shortlisted for Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards 2012.
Seventy-three organisations have been shortlisted for the awards, which recognise the contribution UK businesses make to charities. The list was drawn up earlier this month by a judging panel comprising senior figures from charities and companies.
The awards attracted 150 entries, the highest number since they began in 2010. Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising and one of the judges, said the quality of the awards was "nothing short of inspirational".
Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector, said: "The Business Charity Awards have quickly become established as a prime route for companies to gain recognition for their work with charities. There are no other awards like them.
"The entries came from all sorts of companies, large and small, and brought to light some ground-breaking ventures designed to bring mutual advantage and help charity beneficiaries."
The winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner on Tuesday 15 May at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, London. To book tickets online, go to www.businesscharityawards.com or contact Kate Collins, events manager, on 020 8267 8188 or email email@example.com.