Firms tick all the right boxes at major charity awards

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YORKSHIRE business leaders with a social conscience were honoured at a major awards ceremony.

Six businesses from Yorkshire and the Humber have been recognised for their philanthropic work by Business in the Community (BITC), a national charity which is supported by the Prince of Wales.

BITC helps companies to give something back to their local community, through activities which help disadvantaged people to achieve their potential.

Leeds-based retailer Asda, broadcaster ITV, Leeds-based communications firm Logistik Group, property development company British Land, Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons and Wakefield and District Housing were presented with a Big Tick award by BITC at the charity’s Yorkshire and Humber awards, which were held at the Majestic Hotel in Harro- gate.

Logistik, Ilkley-based building services firm NG Bailey, Humberside Police, law firms Irwin Mitchell, DLA and Schofield Sweeney, Yorkshire Bank and Bradford-based Hallmark cards were also recognised with regional awar- ds.

The awards were presented by Liz Needleman, the regional director at BITC, and Stephen Howard, BITC’s chief executive.

At the dinner, Tony Reeves the chief executive of Bradford Council, was appointed a regional ambassador for the Prince of Wales for his commitment to responsible business in the region.

Gerard Liston, the head of enterprise at Laisterdyke Business & Enterprise College in Bradford, received the Marks & Spencer Sieff award, which was set up to honour an individual who has collaborated with the business community to help society.

A BITC spokesman said Morrisons and Logistik would go forward to represent the region at the national finals in London on June 27.

Ms Needleman said: “Each year, I am thoroughly inspired by the amazing examples of what businesses are doing in Yorkshire and Humber to incorporate responsible business in all they say and do.

“Our winners show great leadership and willingness to genuinely transform their businesses and the communities in which they operate.”

For further information about BITC’s work, visit the website www.bitc.org.uk

greg.wright@ypn.co.uk