Phil Cotton was appointed The Prince's Ambassador for Responsible Business in the South West in 2014, and stays on for 2015.
Since heading up the KPMG Bristol office in 2009, his levels of engagement with Business in the Community (BITC) has increased – Phil is an advocate for our work and he has been involved in;
Bristol Community Impact Leadership Team (BCILT) – 2011 - present
Bristol Business Class Cluster Member – September 2012 to present
Seeing is Believing Visit Leader – September 2013
Hosting a table at a Prince's Trust dinner
Giving business advice to young people and business start ups.
As a member of the Bristol CILT he has lead the Ready for Work programme in Bristol, ensuring its development and growth in the area. He has enabled KPMG to provide venues for key worker events, helped to promote the programme to the referral agencies and engaged KPMG’s supply chain in the recruitment process.
Since 2011, KPMG have hosted 6 pre-placement training days, 5 action days, 2 Behind the Scenes events, 1 Client Support Network, 1 Buddy Training session and 6 Job Coaching Training Days. They provided 8 placements in Bristol during this period. 75% of these placements were in the mail room with one client being offered full time employment.
Phil has participated in the United Futures pilot programme. BITC, in partnership with UK Youth & the National Children’s Bureau, aimed to increases businesses engagement with the youth sector through the United Futures programme.
Phil led a Seeing Is Believing Visit in Sept 2013 visit focussing on Tackling Youth Unemployment in Bristol - raising the aspirations of the young people and as a result BITC has secured a £50,000 contract with Bristol City Council to launch the ‘Step Up to Work’ programme. His personal interest to youth unemployment has been demonstrated in their commitment to be part of the ‘Step up To Work’ programme, including hosting a launch event at KPMG.
KPMG are a key member of the Bristol Business Class cluster.