The telephone fundraising company Ethicall was named Business of the Year at Third Sector's Business Charity Awards in London last night.
Michael Robson, group chief executive of the property company Andrews & Partners, was named Business Charity Champion at the ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane.
The event, which comprised 15 awards and was sponsored by the Charities Aid Foundation, was hosted by the BBC news anchor man Huw Edwards. Awards were presented by Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, and Roberta Blackman-Woods, the Labour shadow minister.
Hurd told about 400 guests that businesses that worked well with charities got as much out of the arrangement as the charities did. "We have barely scratched the surface of what we could achieve in this country if we could get businesses and charities working together more effectively," he said.
Ethicall was said by the judges to stand out because it gave a minimum of 10 per cent of its pre-tax profits to charities chosen by its staff and offered training and incentives to charity clients.
Michael Robson won Business Charity Champion because of what the judges called a long-term and sustainable commitment to charitable activity. He is a trustee of the Andrews Charitable Trust, co-founder of the Estate Agency Foundation and chair of Christian Initiative Trust, which tackles homelessness.
Among other winners, the Co-operative Enterprise Hub won the Social Investment award, Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies won best long-term Charity Partnership and the Greggs Foundation took home the Corporate Foundation award.
The winners in full:
Business Charity Champion: Michael Robson, Andrews & Partners
For the business leader who has done the most to harness corporate support for charity
Business of the Year: Ethicall
For the business that has done the most to help the voluntary sector and the wider community
Social Investment: The Co-operative Enterprise Hub
For the company that has most effectively supported social enterprise or voluntary sector projects
Charity Partnership, short-term: Simplyhealth and VoiceAbility
For the best partnership between a company and a charity lasting up to 18 months
Charity Partnership, long-term (by finance or professional companies): BNY Mellon and Community Links
For the best partnership between a finance or professional company and a charity lasting more than 18 months
Charity Partnership, long-term: Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
For the best partnership between a company and a charity lasting more than 18 months
Affinity Marketing: Coventry Building Society and the Royal British Legion
For the use of a company’s products or services to help a charity provide benefits
Cause-related Marketing: PizzaExpress and Oxfam
For the cause-related marketing campaign that has done the most to benefit a charity
Corporate Foundation: Greggs Foundation
For the foundation set up by a company that has done the most to support the charity sector through its work
Employment Scheme: Lancaster Cleaning and Support Services and Tomorrow’s People
For the company that has done the most to help a charity by offering employment, training, work experience or other employment-related benefits
Employee Engagement: Bibby Line Group
For the company that has done the most to engage its workforce in charitable activities
Outstanding Team: Lloyds Banking Group and the British Heart Foundation
For the team in a business that has most successfully improved support for corporate social responsibility or charity
Challenge Team: Centrica and Camfed: Mount Toubkal Challenge 2010
For a staff team who took part in a successful fundraising challenge for a UK charity
UK Project: Keyline Builders Merchants and the Prostate Cancer Charity
For the company that has made the biggest difference to beneficiaries through involvement with a charity project
Overseas Project: Barclays and Unicef UK
For the company that has made the biggest difference through involvement with an overseas project by a UK charity