A Bolton-based business is celebrating after being crowned a winner in the 2016 Responsible Business Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network.

Social housing provider, Bolton at Home beat off competition from 16 other businesses across the country to win the Employment for Excluded Groups Award for its programme to create full time employment, work experiences and training for long-term unemployed residents of some of Britain’s most deprived social housing estates, with a focus on residents with low confidence, low skills or poor health. The innovative scheme works across the Bolton at Home supply chain, engaging contractors and suppliers to create suitable and relevant employment opportunities.

The firm’s success was announced last night (11 July) at Business in the Community’s Annual Responsible Business Gala held at the O2 in London, hosted by Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee; Jason Bradbury, host of Channel Five’s The Gadget Show; and Sophie Morgan, reporter, campaigner and charity patron.

 

Over 1,500 guests, from SME owners to the CEOs of global brands attended the Gala which was supported by Fujitsu, the 2015 Responsible Business of the Year and attended by Business in the Community’s President, HRH The Prince of Wales.

 

Jon Lord, Chief Executive, Bolton at Home, said: “We’ve always made it a priority to help people living in our communities improve their employment prospects. Over the last three years, we’re helping customers break through personal, social and economic barriers to prepare for work and secure actual jobs with our network of contractors and suppliers. We’re showing that it’s possible to help people maximise their income, sustain their tenancy and, in many cases, improve their health and wellbeing, all whilst safeguarding our resources and making savings for the public purse.”

 

Raksha Pattni, Area Director West, Business in the Community, said: “On behalf of everyone at Business in the Community we would like to congratulate Bolton at Home on winning our Employment for Excluded Groups Award. This success is well deserved and testament to the fantastic work the company is carrying out in the North West to boost the employment prospects of those most in need of support.”

 

Julian Critchlow, Partner, Bain & Company, chaired the judging panel and presented Bolton at Home with the award. He said: “Bolton at Home are instilling a culture of inclusion throughout the whole organisation, from CEO to key worker, and it’s a culture that they are extending to their supply chain. Everyone knows how hard it is to contractualise social value, but Bolton at Home have shown us that it can be done.”

 

The Responsible Business Awards celebrate inspiring examples of businesses in the UK and beyond that are making a significant difference by taking action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive workplaces and tackle environmental challenges.

 

The headline sponsors of the 2016 Responsible Business Awards were Asda, Bupa, Experian, Fujitsu, Hogan Lovells, M&S, Samworth Brothers, Unilever, Unipart Group and UPS.

 

For more information on the Award winners, visit www.responsiblebusinessawards.org.uk  and follow @BITC on Twitter #BITCawards.

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