The Group takes great pleasure in supporting local causes with our staff helping to raise significant funds every year. Last year we raised £33,500 for Big C through a combination of fundraising and event support. £24k was raised for Break in 2015, £10k was raised for Nelson’s Journey in 2013 and £7k for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice in 2012.
Following on from our successes in 2016 – Big C has been named Charity of the Year for the second year running.
The main reason behind this decision is that we believe we will have a far bigger impact on the cause if we support the charity for more than one year. Plus, it is a charity we know, we understand how it works and the difference it is making to cancer treatment and research. And although it is based in Norfolk, the research the charity is undertaking will not only have an impact on the UK but worldwide.
Our financial planning and general insurance staff support programmes to improve financial education by delivering talks within schools and universities to increase the levels of financial awareness. Our apprentices and staff have been involved by presenting to class assemblies at local schools within our catchment area about skills required within our industry.
We recognise the value of staff development for continued business success. We support the Open Academy, which demonstrates a tangible investment and involvement with a school within our employment catchment area. It forms part of a head teachers ‘tool kit’ to improve leadership, curriculum areas and employability within the school.
We run our own apprenticeship programme and by linking with a cluster of local schools this informs students of pathways into financial services environment. We currently have a number of apprentices working across the business. We also support the Open Academy and other schools in the area by offering work experience for Year 10 pupils.
Sport in our communities
We recognise the importance of sport in our local communities and support many community sports clubs including Norwich & Bury Rugby Clubs, Norwich City Football Club, Norwich City Hockey Club, Horsford, Brooke and Vauxhall Mallards Cricket teams, Norfolk Snow Sports Club and also sponsor sporting events including the Big C Golf Day, LILAC Ladies Golf Day, Great Witchingham Horse Trials and Side Saddle Association in Suffolk. We support the Arnold Keys Sports Challenge whereby a group of local companies get together to raise awareness with a number of sporting challenges and also raising money for our charity of the year. We also host The Boswell Cup, an annual football tournament held at Carrow Road.
We are corporate sponsors of the Norwich Theatre Royal and have previously funded an exciting access to theatre project benefitting local primary school children.
We arrange insurance for charities and non-profit organisations. This includes voluntary and community interest groups e.g. musicians and amateur dramatic groups and the Scouting Association and Charity Retail Association. We also recently launched our first insurance affinity partnership with The Norfolk Hospice, donating £15 to the charity for every household policy sold.