Corporate social responsibility
We are proud that our five offices have a thriving CSR programme.
- Partnering local charities, to fundraise and promote their plight.
- Work with young people of all ages in our communities to enhance their vocational and personal development.
- Support our staff who wish to support other worthy causes.
Our five partner charities are Clatterbridge Hospital near Liverpool, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Mediquip4kids, Manchester, Laura Centre bereavement counselling in Leicester and London’s Great Ormond St Hospital (GOSH).
Our Birmingham staff took part in the ‘Great Trade Up Game’, raising over £5,000 from just a paperclip towards the £35,000 generated by the competition towards the purchase of a new renal unit.
In London we have set ourselves a target to raise £6,500 over the past eight months for GOSH through a special fundraising project. Each of the 8 teams which make up our London office were given one day to host a ‘fundraising and GOSH profile-raising’ day, with everything from a casino night to a ‘Weightmans by the Sea’ office funfair day. So far this has raised over £7,000.
Liverpool’s ‘Weightmans’ Apprentice’ competition between September 2009 and January 2010 saw nine teams of four challenged to raise as much money as possible for Claire House whilst promoting its cause within the Liverpool community. The initiative raised over £12,000 for the charity. With the addition of dress down days, book sales, a charity skydive, golf day, silver status payroll giving, raffles, Liverpool triathlon and various sponsored marathons, overall in the year 2009/2010, the Liverpool office donated approximately £21,000 to Claire House. The office was recognised in the 2010 Regional Business Award, being shortlisted for its CSR work.
The Liverpool office have nominated a new charity Clatterbridge Cancer Research.
Young and disadvantaged people
Our Manchester office sponsors the Broughton Park Rugby Club Outreach Project, which aims to give disadvantaged children focus and team skills through learning rugby.
Staff from each of our offices regularly visit both primary and secondary schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas, whether to undertake the right to read initiative, (assisting primary school children with basic reading skills) or holding mock careers interviews and cv assistance.
In May 2009 our work with the unemployed was profiled by Liverpool Cares – Karl Hughes who had started with the firm under the Care’s Ready for Work programme had been so successful that he was subsequently offered a full time role with us, as Team Leader in our Commercial Recoveries team, handling over £1million worth of transactions. http://www.bitc.org.uk/resources/case_studies/weightmans_llp.html
Our policy of offering 2 days paid leave per year per person has encouraged our staff to support a number of their personal charities.