15 September 2012
Responsibility reigns in the North West as local companies are recognised by
Business in the Community
A mass celebration of responsible business took place in Belfast yesterday [Thursday 9 June
Airporter drove home with the Education Partner award, sponsored by Northgate Managed
Services, whilst Firstsource won the Norse Commercial Services Work Inclusion national Big
Tick award and a partnership between Graham Construction and Derry Local Strategy
Partnership was Highly Commended in the Local Community Impact category, sponsored by
Allstate Northern Ireland picked up the coveted NI Responsible Company of the Year Award
whilst six businesses from across Northern Ireland were awarded national Big Tick Awards
for their responsible business practice and a further nine were recognised with regional
Sponsored by ESBIE Electric Ireland and in association with Ulster Business Magazine, the
annual awards highlight the best examples of the positive impact businesses are having in
the environment, amongst their employees and in the local communities in which they
The regional winners were:
NI Responsible Company of the Year,
sponsored by Diageo Northern Ireland: Employer of Choice, sponsored by Foyle
Allstate NI Food Group:
Environmental Improvement, sponsored by
Phoenix Natural Gas: Workplace Health & Wellbeing, sponsored by
McLaughlin & Harvey Westfield Health:
Climate Change, sponsored by Translink
McLaughlin & Harvey
Local Community Impact, sponsored by Most Responsible Small Business,
PricewaterhouseCoopers: sponsored by ESBIE Electric Ireland:
Boots UK Ltd Parker Green International
Education Partner, sponsored by Diageo
Northgate Managed Services:
The 2011 national winners were:
Adelaide Insurance for Jaguar Land Rover Building Stronger Communities Award
Firstsource for Norse Commercial Services Work Inclusion Award
Phoenix Gas for Santander Small Company of the Year Award
Translink for Bank of America Merrill Lynch Climate Change Award
Reaccredited from 2010
HEAT was reaccredited for the Talent Award; and
Pritchitts was reaccredited for the Climate Change Award
Phoenix Gas was also shortlisted for the chance to be named the overall UK Example of
Excellence in its category, which will be presented at a gala dinner at the Royal Albert Hall,
London on 5 July 2011.
The event also marked the opportunity to celebrate and recognise individuals and business
leaders that have made a significant personal contribution to the local community.
Bro McFerran, Chief Executive, Allstate Northern Ireland received the accolade as HRH The
Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Corporate Responsibility in Northern Ireland for his
outstanding leadership and commitment to responsible business in the region.
In addition, David Hassard was announced as the Local Community leader, sponsored by
Northern Bank in recognition of his collaboration with business to benefit the Hanwood Trust.
Commenting on the event, Paul Rooney, Chair of Business in the Community Northern
Ireland said: “Each year I am thoroughly inspired by the businesses across Northern Ireland
striving to incorporate responsible business in all they say and do. There is a growing
requirement to do more with less which requires an innovative, creative approach to tackling
societies biggest challenges, powerful collaboration, and effective leadership.
“Our winners have these qualities in abundance, and the diverse nature of the projects
recognised highlights the powerful impact created when businesses and communities
connect to meet local needs. All of our winners should be proud to be pioneers in this growing
movement of individuals transforming businesses and by doing so transforming communities
Commenting on the awards, Susan Kinane, Managing Director from awards sponsor ESBIE
Electric Ireland, said: “I congratulate the businesses which have achieved an award.
Operating in one of the toughest years, these organisations strive to put corporate
responsibility at the heart of their businesses and continue to make a positive impact on their
employees, partners, local communities and the environment.
For more information on Business in the Community, visit our website www.bitcni.org.uk or
call (028) 9046 0606.
Notes to Editors
For further information, please contact: Helen Bowman, Communications Manager,
Business in the Community by e-mail at email@example.com or on Tel (028)
If you would like an interview with Airporter directly, the person to contact is Jennifer
McKeever on 028 7126 9996 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like an interview with Firstsource directly, the person to contact is Fraida
Silver on 020 8237 4515 or via e-mail at email@example.com
About Business in the Community
Business in the Community stands for responsible business
Business in the Community is a membership organisation for successful companies
committed to responsible business, encouraging them to be a force for good in society
We have a core membership of 800+ companies throughout the UK, including 80% of
the FTSE 100. Almost 240 of these companies are members in Northern Ireland
The President of Business in the Community is HRH The Prince of Wales and the
Chair of the Northern Ireland Board is Paul Rooney, Partner, PwC. Mark Price,
Managing Director of Waitrose is the national Chair of Business in the Community.
We provide advice, support and opportunities for engagement under our three core
themes – PEOPLE, PLANET and PLACE
o PEOPLE: Helping businesses invest in their current and future workforce
o PLANET: Helping to create sustainable businesses and sustainable
o PLACE: Engaging businesses to impact positively in the place where they
About the Awards for Excellence
Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence identify and celebrate companies having
a positive impact on the community, environment, marketplace and workplace.
The Big Tick winners demonstrate significant impact and high quality management of their
responsible business practices and can show a positive impact both on society and on the
business. Now in their 14th year, they are the UK’s leading awards for responsible business
practice. BITC received over 370 entries for the national Awards for Excellence.
Small Company of the Year Award in association with the Institute of Directors - For
SMEs that through leadership and integration of corporate responsibility are improving their
business and their overall impact on society - in the marketplace, the workplace, the
environment and the community.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Climate Change Award in association with The Prince’s
Mayday Network - For businesses taking steps along the journey towards a low carbon
Norse Commercial Services Work Inclusion Award - Recognising companies that have
supported people from excluded groups into employment and / or increased their
Jaguar Land Rover Building Stronger Communities Award - Recognising companies that
are investing in the communities in which they operate and those in greatest need, achieving
sustainable impact on key social issues in these areas.
The Prince’s Ambassador Award - For individuals whose leadership and commitment to
responsible business has resulted in changes and improvements inside their own company
and who have also inspired other organisations to take action.
CAPTION: Jennifer McKeever from Education Partner winner, Airporter, picked up the
trophy from Andy Ross, Chief Executive, Northgate Managed Services and Liam
Molloy, General Manager of awards sponsor ESB Electric Ireland
CAPTION: Winning a national award, Firstsource’s Theresa Woods, HR Manager,
Belfast and Grainne O’Kane, HR Manager Londonderry picked up the Norse
Commercial Services Work Inclusion Award from Paul Rooney, Business in the
CAPTION: Paul Rooney, Business in the Community Chair and Michael McCann,
Diageo Northern Ireland present the Northern Ireland Responsible Company of the
Year award to xxx from the 2011 winner, Allstate Northern Ireland.
CAPTION: Keynote speaker, adventure athlete, Mark Pollock with Susan Kinane,
Managing Director of awards sponsor, ESBIE Electric Ireland and Paul Rooney, Chair,
Business in the Community Northern Ireland with members of Artfrika who performed
on the night when Allstate Northern Ireland picked up the coveted title of Northern
Ireland Responsible Company of the Year 2011.
CAPTION: National winners at Business in
the Community’s Gala Awards Dinner on
Thursday 9 June at Belfast Waterfront Hall
are: Dermot Carroll, Phoenix Gas for the
Santander Small Company of the Year
Award; Catherine Mason, Translink for the
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Climate
Change Award; Sam Geddis, Adelaide
Insurance for the Jaguar Landrover Building
Stronger Communities Award; and Grainne
O’Kane, Firstsource for the Norse
Commercial Services Work Inclusion Award
with Sonia Armstrong, Ulster Business, Liam Molloy, ESBIE Electric Ireland and Paul
Rooney, Chair of Business in the Community Northern Ireland