We balance the desire for business success with the needs of the wider communities in which we are active and upon which we have an impact.
The various accreditations we hold evidence our commitment to high ethical standards and business excellence. In addition, we are proactive in seeking opportunities to support charitable causes and organisations through corporate donations but also, and most importantly, through the participation of our staff - who are involved in activities including volunteering, event participation, fund raising, environmental impact and sustainability - all with a collective and individual focus on health and well being.
We care about our staff, their health and welfare and want to have a positive impact on their lives and help them to be great citizens in our communities. In turn, this creates loyalty and commitment and helps to blend our corporate and personal values.
Very often, our suppliers and clients engage with us because of our values. The combination of our engaged staff, clients and suppliers makes for a powerful force for Doing Good together.
In the seven years to March 2021 we have donated over £147,000 to good causes.
How we do it
As good citizens our staff do good things for a range of different causes. This may be as school governors, sports coaches for children, public service roles, charity trustees and volunteers to name but a few.
In addition, we support corporate causes through our combined resources. We currently have two preferred causes: The Soma Leo Foundation and Community Foundations.
The Soma Leo Foundation
The Soma Leo Foundation was established in 2015 to provide education and support to disadvantaged communities in east Africa. We currently do this through our own school, The Soma Leo Academy, in Nyiera, Kenya and by supporting other schools in nearby Osieko.
At the Academy, we seek to achieve excellence by providing safe and clean facilities, high quality teaching with an appropriate teacher to pupil ratio, a varied and interesting curriculum, and nourishment for our 200 pupils.
For more information about our work in Kenya, fundraising activities and how you can get involved please visit the Soma Leo website.
In the Ipswich area, we support Suffolk Community Foundation, and have created our own fund within the Foundation – The Acorn Fund. We currently support causes aligned with the theme of Health and Wellbeing. This covers a range of causes, and we aim to support causes that encourage people, of all ages and abilities (or disabilities) to be more active, and to lead healthy, balanced lives. This includes charities that support people with mental health and stress related conditions.
Since we awarded our first grant in October 2013 we have distributed £42,000 to 31 great causes and impacted over 4,000 people.
To find out more about the projects we've supported and their impact, visit our Acorn Fund page.
Supporting young local athletes through SportsAid
Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club
In 2015 we helped established (and now sponsor) the Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club in partnership with SportsAid, to raise funds for young sportsmen and women who aspire to be our next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champions.
Typically aged 12 to 18, these athletes face huge challenges, making sacrifices every day to train and compete. They can train for more than 15 hours a week after school, travel more than 600 miles a month and spend more than £7,000 a year on their sport – with most relying entirely on SportsAid and their families for support.
Our lunch clubs help to raise vital funds for this support.