Three deserving finalists have been selected from some amazing candidates, we now need your help to decide the winner of this year’s Business and the Community category for the ‘Place to be Proud of’ Annual Awards.
We need your help to decide the winner of this year’s Business and the Community category for the ‘Place to be Proud of’ Annual Awards.
Read below a little about the three shortlisted businesses – all have made a huge contribution to Basingstoke’s community in different ways. They may be commercial organisations but they understand the importance of giving something back to the community they have invested in, this is your chance to show your support. When you have decided simply click on the vote button for your selected candidate.
The winner will be announced at the Awards evening being held on 6th June at the Haymarket Theatre, along with the winners of all the other categories. Once you’ve voted, why not share this page on social media to encourage others to vote too? Voting closes on 5 May.
Maxine Hart of Wote Street People
“Community is very important to me and I feel this should apply to business as much as our private lives. We should treat everyone with respect and consideration regardless of their age, background or circumstances. Running a local recruitment agency we try to ensure that we reach out to all demographics, hence our work with Basingstoke Consortium for the education leavers right through to the M3 Job Club for the professionals who need help. I believe that charity starts at home, therefore with our own staff we offer flexible working to allow for a genuine work/life balance. Oh, and bribe them with food quite a bit too.”
Lamb Brooks Solicitors
Lamb Brooks have been operating in Basingstoke for over 200 years. With a long heritage in the town the team have a passion for giving back to the community – whether this is through involvement in community projects, charity fundraising, supporting local sports clubs or continued input with local business groups. One ‘stand out’ project that Lamb Brooks have been involved with was the ‘Sitting with Jane’ book bench trail which brought colour, fun and pride to the town. It also helped raise nearly £100,000 towards The Ark Cancer Centre Charity. Another initiative that the firm is proud to host is a series of ‘Tea Dances’– the team want to tackle the issues of loneliness, mobility and health in the elderly, along with raising funds and awareness for Age Concern Hampshire
The Champion Group
The Champion Group are a proud Basingstoke family run company, started in the borough in 1981 and still going strong in 2018. We have long had a charity of the year raising up-to £5k per year from dress down days, cake sales, egg sales, chilli eating constants and leg waxing to name a few. We also operate a round it up scheme where pennies are donated from wages. This year’s nominated charity is the Ark Cancer Centre .
We are a longstanding supporter of community clubs, main sponsors at Basingstoke Rugby Football club (BRFC) for over 12 years, Colts sponsor at Old Basing Cricket Club, Sponsors of Basingstoke Football and Basingstoke Cricket. – Investing over £40k per year in these clubs to help ensure sporting facilities are available for all across the borough. We support the Rotary club, are a founding 500 club supporter of the NHMF and 3 of our staff are allowed time to volunteer at BRFC as treasurer, commercial and programme coordinator to assist them in their day to day running.