Corporate Social Responsibility

Supporting our local communities during Covid-19

It goes without saying that over the last year the impact of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns have hit a lot of people very hard; and the need to support those less well-off has never been so urgent

To try and help those who have been hit hardest by COVID-19 in our local communities, we decided that the money the company would normally allocate for buying weekly fresh fruit for our employees, would be donated to local food banks.

Foodbanks have seen a large increase in people needing their services over the last 12 months, many of whom never imagined that they would be in this position. Between 1st April - 30th September 2020, 1.2 million emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis by Trussell Trust food banks, with 2,600 parcels given to children every day in the first six months of the pandemic in the UK.

That's why we're donating £500 a month to foodbanks in our local communities.

We’re absolutely delighted that Sutton Group Holdings wanted to match our commitments, totaling our donations to £1,000 each month.

We’ll be donating to Trussel Trust Richmond, Feltham Food Bank and Burgess Hill Community Food Bank.


Trussell Trust Richmond

"In 2019, we provided food to 2,952 people, in 2020 this increased to 5,380. Around 2 in every 5 people come to us because their benefits have been stopped or delayed. When someone signs up for Universal Credit, there is a 5 week wait until this begins. Others may simply be struggling on such a low income that they have to make decisions such as do I heat the house or feed the children?"

Caroline, Richmond Foodbank Manager

Feltham Food Bank

“Since the beginning of April 2020 Feltham Food Bank has been working in partnership with Feltham Salvation Army, Christ Church Feltham, Riverside Vineyard Storehouse and Reach Academy to provide an Emergency Covid-19 Response to help local families with food. Jointly, we help between 110 and 130 local families every week.”

John Calvert, Trustee and Treasurer

Burgess Hill Community Food Bank

Over the past five months the Food Bank has responded to over 420 requests for help, supplying over 600 crates of food and provided food vouchers to a further 424 to families and individuals in crisis in the local area. 

It's clear that the impact they are having on our local area, helping people experiencing challenges due to the financial effects of the pandemic, is vital to so many.

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Community

Insurance and risk management is important to us, however we are equally as passionate about giving back to our communities, with a bit of fun along the way!

Our 130 staff are continually involved in a number of different projects from fundraising to volunteering, donating to raising awareness.

We have chosen to support two principal charities, who are close to our hearts and local to our offices in Twickenham and Burgess Hill. These are Shooting Star Children's Hospices, who provide support and end of life care for babies, children, young people and their families, and Off The Fence who support the homeless of Brighton & Hove.

Some of the initiatives successfully completed by our staff include:

Burgess Hill Business Association 2019 Awards Winners logo

We are delighted to have won the Charity Champion Award at the Burgess Hill Biz Park Awards on Friday 10th May 2019, which was sponsored by Ridgeview Wine UK. We won this award for all our efforts in supporting and fundraising for the amazing Off the Fence Trust charity.

Meet the team who represented Sutton Winson at Shooting Star Children's Hospices Twickenham Stadium challenge, and why we took part.

Aviva Community Fund Broker Winners!

Photo accepting Aviva Community Fund 2018 award

We are incredibly proud to have secured £5,000 funding from Aviva Community Fund 2018 competition for our chosen Burgess Hill office charity, Off The Fence Trust Limited. This means that the charity can supply 330 sleeping bags to the homeless of Brighton & Hove in time for winter 2019. It will increase their chances of survival and access to a key-worker who provides support to their individual’s needs.

Photo of Off the Fence fundraisers standing by van

Raising the necessary funds to purchase a van which has been converted into a mobile shower unit for the homeless of Brighton and Hove. This was in aid of Off The Fence’s Hygiene For All Project.

Photo of team taking part in Big Sleep Out 2018

Sleeping rough for the night in the cold, wind and rain, as part of Off The Fence’s Nov’18 Big Sleep Out initiative to raise awareness and much needed funds.

Members of staff in Halloween costumes

Halloween fancy dress fundraiser for Shooting Star Chase.

Workplace

We’re committed to being an excellent employer and ensuring that all staff are fully supported in their work, have a great working environment, are fairly rewarded, and maintain a good work-life balance. We have been Investors in People since 1998 and are over the moon to have been accredited Gold Standard in 2017. We were finalists for ‘Best Company to Work for in Insurance Broking’ Award and in 2018 we won the Training Award at the UK Insurance Age Broker Awards.

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Environment

We recognise the importance of protecting our environment and fully committed to minimising the impact that running our business has on the environment. We encourage our staff, clients, suppliers and other stakeholders to do the same.

We always aim to comply with all relevant legislative, regulatory and other environmental requirements, strive to be socially responsible and monitor to continuously improve our environmental performance.

Marketplace

We've always believed that providing a valuable service and running a successful business go hand in hand. So it is part of our culture and heritage to treat our customers fairly and to act with integrity for all our stakeholders in everything we do. Product and service quality, long term relationships, fair operating practices, supporting local businesses, supplier diversity and sustainable supply chains are at the heart of our values. We fulfil our CSR principles by being expert, passionate, ethical and straightforward. 

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