Big corporates to niche companies: Business Charity Awards are announced

Newsreader Huw Edwards hosts black-tie ceremony for winners, including Employee of the Year, Kate Neville of Capital Group Companies; Barclays wins three categories

Business Charity Award winner Kate Neville with Third Sector's Alex Hay [left] and BBC News presenter Huw Edwards
Business Charity Award winner Kate Neville with Third Sector's Alex Hay [left] and BBC News presenter Huw Edwards

A City worker who helped to raise more than £540,000 for the medical aid charity Merlin and the managing director of a plumbing supplies firm were among the winners of Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards last night.

Kate Neville, who works for the investment management firm Capital Group Companies, picked up the Outstanding Employee award for her work with Merlin at the ceremony – a black-tie dinner at the Grosvenor House hotel in London’s Park Lane.

And Ian Church, managing director of Plumbing Trade Supplies, won Business Charity Champion for his work coordinating the charity work of his employer’s parent company, the building supplies firm the Travis Perkins Group.

Travis Perkins itself won Business of the Year for its partnership – organised by Church – with Breast Cancer Campaign and the children’s hospices organisation Together for Short Lives. The partnership included painting a fleet of the firm’s delivery trucks pink and selling pink building products in its stores.

Other notable winners included Barclays, which became the first triple winner in the three years of the Business Charity Awards by winning prizes for CSR Team, Employee Engagement and Overseas Project.

Sainsbury’s won Best Single Project, the Co-operative Foundation won Corporate Foundation and the food retailer Pret A Manger won Employment Scheme.

Edwards, who has been chosen as anchorman for coverage of the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, said: "The winners were even more impressive than last year and the year before that - and my sincerest congratulations to you all."

Nearly 500 people attended the ceremony, sponsored by the Charities Aid Foundation. Guests included Gareth Thomas, shadow minister for civil society, and Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the charity chiefs umbrella body Acevo.

For more details about all of the winners, click here.

See our full gallery of images from the awards here.


The Winners


Business Charity Champion Ian Church

For the business leader who has excelled in promoting corporate support for charities


Business of the Year Travis Perkins

For a business that has excelled in helping the community by embedding a culture of supporting charitable causes


Charity Partnership Network Rail with Samaritans

For the best partnership between a company and a UK charity in sectors other than financial, professional, retail, leisure or FMCG


Charity Partnership: Retail and Leisure Tesco with the Alzheimer’s Society

For the best partnership between a company in the retail, leisure or FMCG sector and a UK charity


Charity Partnership: Finance and Professional HSBC with WWF, Earthwatch, the Smithsonian and The Climate Group

For the best partnership between a company providing financial or professional services and a UK charity


Charity Partnership: Short Term The Co-operative Group with Mencap and Enable Scotland

For the best partnership between a company and a charity that has lasted up to a year and a half


Charity Partnership: Small Businesses Quality Solicitors with Barnardo’s

For the best partnership of whatever duration between a business with a turnover of less than £6.5m and a UK charity


Affinity Marketing The Gro Company with the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death

For a company that has successfully marketed products or services in conjunction with a charity


Cause-related Marketing Miko Coffee with the World Land Trust

For a marketing partnership that has used a company’s products to promote or raise funds for a charity


Corporate Foundation The Co-operative Foundation

For a philanthropic foundation set up by a company that has given outstanding support to the charity sector


Challenge Team British Gas with the Make-A-Wish Foundation: Kilimanjaro Climb

For a staff team from a business that took part in a successful fundraising challenge to benefit a UK charity


CSR Team Barclays

For a corporate social responsibility team that has increased the charitable activities of the business


Employee Engagement Barclays

For a company that has adopted policies to significantly increase charitable donations or activities by its workforce


Employment Scheme Pret A Manger: the Simon Hargraves Apprenticeship Scheme

For a company that has offered employment, work experience, training or other support to a charity’s beneficiaries


Outstanding Employee Kate Neville

For an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to charity with the support of his or her employer


Single Project Sainsbury’s with FareShare: 1 Million Meal Appeal

For a company that has successfully backed a specific project run by a UK charity


Overseas Project Barclays with Care International and Plan UK: Banking on Change

For a company that has successfully helped the beneficiaries of a UK charity in a project outside the UK


Community Impact Investec Bank with the Bromley by Bow Centre

For a business that has provided vital support to a charitable project that has made a social impact in its community

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