Greggs wins Business of the Year at Third Sector's Business Charity Awards

In a ceremony at The Brewery in London hosted by the BBC's Will Gompertz, seventeen awards were handed out to a variety of organisations and individuals who have contributed to the charity sector

Jan Barratt of Experian, second from left, hands the award to Greggs representatives as host Will Gompertz, centre, looks on
Jan Barratt of Experian, second from left, hands the award to Greggs representatives as host Will Gompertz, centre, looks on

The bakery firm Greggs won the coveted prize of Business of the Year at Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards this evening.

The company won the award for its support of the Greggs Foundation, its own charitable trust, and for its fundraising efforts for other charitable initiatives, including BBC Children in Need and the Ebola Crisis Appeal.

The company is expected to raise more than £1.1m this year for the Greggs Foundation, which supports local community groups and school breakfast clubs, and raised more than £1m for other national charitable initiatives last year.

The seventeen awards were presented at a black-tie awards ceremony at The Brewery, London, hosted by Will Gompertz, the BBC’s arts editor.

The Lloyds Banking Group was a double winner on the night, picking up awards for Charity Partnership (Financial and Professional) and Employee Engagement, mainly for its work with the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

Two other companies won awards for their partnerships with Alzheimer’s charities. The Home Retail Group, which owns stores such as Argos and Homebase, won Charity Partnership (Retail and Leisure) for its two-year partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer Scotland and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, and the banking firm Société Générale won Single Project for its work creating a Dementia-friendly company as part of its partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society.

The awards also recognised the contribution made to the charity sector by individuals from the business community.

David Morley, a senior partner at the law firm Allen & Overy, won Business Charity Champion for creating a work experience scheme that places students from the most deprived London boroughs with law firms.

Clare Francis, editor-in-chief of the price comparison website, picked up the Outstanding Employee award for her work supporting the mental health charity Mind. Francis started supporting the charity after her husband Mark took his own life in 2011.

Other winners on the night included Support Adoption for Pets, the charitable trust of retailer Pets at Home, which won Corporate Foundation, and the Royal Mail Group, which picked up the award for Community Impact (National) for an initiative with the charity Missing People that alerts postmen and women through their hand-held devices about people who have gone missing in their area.

Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector, said: "There were some really original ideas among this year's winners. The BCAs have shown over recent years that partnerships between businesses and charities are becoming deeper and more multi-faceted, partly because more businesses have come to appreciate that this is not just do-gooding – there are many benefits in it for them."

Full list of winners

To read profiles of this year's winners, click on the category names in red below, or click here.

Business Charity Champion

David Morley, worldwide senior partner, Allen & Overy LLP

Business of the Year


Cause-Related Marketing

Pampers with Unicef: 1 Pack = 1 Vaccine campaign

Challenge Event

Yorkshire Building Society with Marie Curie: Hour of Need

Charity Partnership

Slimming World with Cancer Research UK

Charity Partnership – Financial and Professional

Lloyds Banking Group with the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland

Charity Partnership – Retail and Leisure

Home Retail Group with the Alzheimer's Society, Alzheimer Scotland and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Charity Partnership – Small Businesses (turnover of less than £6.5m)

Crabtree Property Group with the Lullaby Trust 

Charity Partnership – Short-term

EDF Energy with the British Science Association

Community Impact – National

Royal Mail Group with Missing People

Community Impact – Local

Investec with the Bromley by Bow Centre

Corporate Foundation 

Support Adoption For Pets 

CSR Team

Amey (Hampshire)

Employee Engagement

Lloyds Banking Group with the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland

Employment Scheme

London Luton Airport with the Prince’s Trust

Outstanding Employee

Clare Francis, editor-in-chief, MoneySuperMarket

Single Project

Société Générale with the Alzheimer’s Society: Creating a Dementia-Friendly Company

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