Business in the Community Cymru

INSPIRING AND ENGAGING BUSINESSES TO BECOME MORE RESPONSIBLE AND TACKLE SOME OF SOCIETY’S BIGGEST ISSUES

We are The Prince’s Responsible Business Network in Wales, a business-led membership organisation made up of progressive businesses of all sizes from all over Wales who understand that the prosperity of business and society are mutually dependent.

Business in the Community Cymru members are committed to

  • being the best they can be in delivering social, environmental and economic sustainability across all areas of their business
  • joining with other businesses to bring together their collective strength and be a force for good​.

Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru leads a growing movement and work with more than 200 companies in Wales from small- and medium-sized businesses to leading brands. We offer tailored advice and support to help companies to improve their responsible business practices, to align them with local social issues where they can really make a difference, along with the Welsh policy agenda. We also offer a variety of ways for companies to come together to collaborate on key social issues as well as learn from each other.

What we do

Age

The workforce in the UK is changing fast and you need to act now to unlock the opportunities of multigeneration teams. By 2020 1 in 3 workers will be over 501, and by 2030 half of all adults in the UK will be over 502.  Understanding the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population is vital if we all want to create productive, innovative and inclusive multi-generational teams as we all lead longer working lives.

Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru wants to encourage and support businesses to build age-friendly workplaces where older employees can thrive. We have formed a partnership with Age Cymru to support employers through the Age at Work programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Under the key strands of retention, retraining and recruitment, Age at Work will work with employers to develop a more age-inclusive workplace and understand the benefits of an intergenerational workforce. It will also support older workers (aged 50 plus) who want to remain in work. It highlights the need to begin preparation for work in later life and retirement at an earlier stage. Contact us if you would like more information on Age at Work in Wales.

Business class

Business Class is a tried and tested programme developed by Business in the Community (BITC). It creates effective and mutually beneficial school-businesses partnerships. Partnerships are based firmly on the needs of schools and the priorities of businesses and transform the life chances of young people and develop talented employees for the future.

BITC Cymru has already built over 80 partnerships across Wales. The programme is funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by Careers Wales. Contact us if you would like more information, or to get involved in Business Class in Wales.

Veterans employment

At a time of rising employment, employers are seeking skilled staff with the right attitude and attributes to support their growing businesses – and every year in Wales, veterans are leaving the Armed Forces with exactly this mix.

Business in the Community Cymru is supporting companies to capitalise on the talent of military veterans who are looking to move into civilian employment. Find out more in Inspire, Hire, Grow: How to Capitalise on Military Talent – An Employer’s Toolkit

Volunteering

Volunteering is one of the most powerful ways businesses can support communities across Wales. In addition to personal and professional skills development, volunteering can also have a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health. Our employee volunteering opportunities are focused on several themes including education, engaging young people, tackling unemployment and developing enterprise and employability skills.

Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru works with your business directly to develop a structured programme, appropriate to your business needs and priorities. Some of the employee volunteering opportunities available through BITC Cymru include:

  • literacy and numeracy partnerships in primary schools
  • enterprise Days – bringing business skills and experiences into the classroom
  • team challenges focussing on practical, DIY-based projects in and with communities 
  • skills-based team days focussing on issues including employability, healthy eating, interview skills and event management.

STRONGER IN NUMBERS

TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

References

1. ONS, Labour market projections 2006-2020

2. Department for Work and Pensions, Fuller Working Lives: evidence base 2017, at page 13, accessed 26 June 2018