Commitment to the Region at South Coast Business Awards!
Talk about déjà vu, huh? This time last year, we were celebrating our victory at the South Coast Business Awards. It was our first time entering the awards, and we felt that our dedication to charitable contribution, and our continued support of the local community, made us ideal candidates for the Commitment to the Region award. Turns out we were right!
This year, we had to up our game. In our 2016 entry we had several years of contribution and commitment to talk about, but obviously we couldn’t fall back on these previous achievements again this year. With only the past 12 months to go on, we knew that winning this award again would be a tall order. Fortunately, it’s been a heck of a year for Silver Lining in the local community. On a glamorous Thursday night at the Hilton Ageas with celebrated Olympian Roger Black as guest speaker, our commitments were recognised for the second year running – a first for the award category.
So what did we do to win such a prestigious award? For starters, we’ve gone all out on our office community days this year. Since this time last year we’ve thrown a Summer Fete, a two-day Santa’s Grotto and most recently, an Easter Fete which attracted over 500 patrons (including the local news!) and raised more than £1,200 for charity. We’re privileged to work in such a spacious and charming rural location, so to share that with the community is a real joy.
Not only have we contributed a huge amount to local charities, we’ve also helped to establish one. Throughout 2016 we helped The Beau Halo Trust to achieve charity status, and also provided them with a website and brand. The Trust aims to support bereaved parents with emotional and practical assistance following the loss of a child. Recently we worked with the Trust to organise its inaugural charity ball, which raised a whopping £20,000!
We’ve done much more over the past 12 months, including championing local initiatives like the Hampshire Venus Awards, which recognise the achievements of women in business, and the Daily Echo Education Awards. We’ve taken part in sponsored runs, sponsored obstacle courses, sponsored abseils, and more in our pursuit of charitable support. Add to that our continued uptake of local apprenticeship and traineeship schemes, and we feel we’ve certainly earned this award.
Does this mean we’ll be resting on our laurels when it comes to supporting the region? Absolutely not. We’ll continue to hold community days at the Granary, find new charity events to participate in, support local suppliers and initiatives, and more. To win Commitment to the Region for the third year running would cement our place as champions of the local community. 2018, here we come!
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