British Gas and M&S among companies shortlisted for Business Charity Awards

Sixty-five firms are on the list across 25 categories, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner in London on 20 April, during Third Sector's Fundraising Week

Shortlist drawn up
Shortlist drawn up

The utilities firm British Gas and the retailer Marks & Spencer are among the companies to be shortlisted for this year’s Business Charity Awards, which recognise the outstanding contribution that UK companies make to good causes.

A total of 65 companies have been shortlisted this year across 25 categories.

British Gas has been shortlisted in Charity Partnership (Energy and Industrial) for its work with the housing charity Shelter to help improve conditions in privately rented homes. Marks & Spencer has been shortlisted in Charity Partnership (Fashion, Retail and Leisure) for its fundraising and awareness-raising work for Breast Cancer Now.

Other finalists include the Hanley Economic Building Society, which has been shortlisted in the Charity Partnership – Financial Services category for its work for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in north Staffordshire; and Vine House Farm, a company that produces wild bird food, has been shortlisted in Charity Partnership – Small Businesses for its fundraising efforts for the environmental charity the Wildlife Trusts.

The awards also recognise the contribution that people working in the business sector make to the charity sector.

Those shortlisted this year include Anthony Bennett, corporate responsibility communications executive at the hospitality company Whitbread, who has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Employee category for his efforts to champion the work of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, and Matt Smith, a partner at the accountancy firm Deloitte, who has been shortlisted in the same category for his fundraising efforts for his company’s charity partners the Alzheimer's Society, Mind and Prostate Cancer UK

The winners of the Business Charity Awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the Hilton London Bankside on 20 April.

Andy Hillier, managing editor of Third Sector, said: "The finalists should be very proud to have made this year’s shortlist. Competition was fierce and the judges had a difficult time deciding between the entries. Well done to all the finalists – we look forward to seeing you on the night."

To view the full shortlist, click here.

To book a place or a table at this year’s awards, visit: An early-bird rate will be available until 29 February.

The Business Charity Awards form part of Fundraising Week, a series of events taking place on London’s South Bank between 19 and 21 April, designed to inspire and educate those working in charity fundraising and to celebrate their role. For further details about Fundraising Week, click here.

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