Circle Housing awarded Big Ticks in BITC Responsible Business Awards
The Big Tick accreditation is a leading endorsement of responsible business and the first level of accolade in the Responsible Business Awards, which celebrate businesses that are making a positive difference to society and to the environment. Circle Housing secured the recognition for its work to help customers become more independent and financially resilient at a high profile awards reception yesterday.
The leading housing provider was first re-accredited with a Big Tick for its training and employment programme which provided 10,000 skills and employment opportunities last year alone. It also secured a new Big Tick this year for its work to support new business enterprises which has created work opportunities for residents and their community, boosting local economies, strengthening supply chains and engaging employees.
In addition to being awarded two Big Ticks, Circle Housing was shortlisted for its work to support new business enterprises in the ASDA Enterprise Growth Award. The judges noted that the programme demonstrated a positive societal impact, including supporting 46 residents to set up their own businesses which have all been trading for a year; creating 50 jobs and apprenticeships through its supply chain and supporting a further 71 SMEs and social enterprises.
Bina Omare, Group Head of Sustainable Communities at Circle Housing said: “As one of theUK’s largest housing providers, we’re passionate about investing into the communities we operate within and delivering real social value to help our customers become more independent and financially resilient. By acting with a business head and social heart, we can ensure long term sustainability for our business and the communities we work in.”
“We’re extremely proud that alongside the direct benefits this work offers our customers and partners, these programmes have now received this fantastic recognition from Business in the Community.”
Commenting, Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “All year round, responsible businesses across theUKare contributing towards more resilient communities, stimulating local economies, creating diverse, skilled and healthy workforces and addressing skills shortages - yet these activities rarely get attention. The Responsible Business Awards shine a much needed spotlight on the powerful impact of business. Each of the companies recognised are playing their part to build a new contract between business and society and a more sustainable future for us all. I congratulate Circle Housing for its’ Big Tick accreditations, which are a powerful symbol of business doing more to bring about change.”
For further information about the impact and background to the 2014 successful Award stories, visit www.bitc.org.uk/awardstories.