Bernard Matthews wins Community Impact Award at the EDP Business Awards

Bernard Matthews has been announced as the winner of the Community Impact Award at the recent EDP Business Awards.

The Award, sponsored by Norse and Business in the Community and announced last night at the Norfolk Showground, gives recognition to local companies that are leading in community investment and making a real impact on their local community, especially in areas of greatest need. 

The company has taken time not only to identify and address local needs, but also to ensure its work in the community is sustainable.

- Award Judge,
Paul Bonham, Commercial Director at Norse
It was evident to the judges of the Award that corporate responsibility and work with a community focus is embedded within the culture at Bernard Matthews and forms an important part of its business. As Paul Bonham, Commercial Director at Norse, explains:

“The company has taken time not only to identify and address local needs, but also to ensure its work in the community is sustainable. Its emphasis on developing links with young people, through local schools and an Annual Youth Awards scheme, is particularly commendable."

The judges agreed Bernard Matthews should be recognised for a fantastic record of social responsibility.  From volunteering and staff development, to employee-led grant giving to local good causes, its enthusiasm and commitment to making a real difference in our communities can be seen across all elements of business practice.”

Bernard Matthews were delighted to receive the accolade. Andrew Sherwood, HR Director at Bernard Matthews commented "We are extremely proud to have won the EDP Community Impact Award. We have always been passionate about helping our local community, a legacy continued on from the great work done by Bernard Matthews himself. It is wonderful for the team that have worked so hard over the years, to gain such recognition. “

Following a record number of entries for the closely contended category, LSI Architects and Circle Housing were finalists for the Community Impact Award, commended for their positive work in the community. 

The ceremony also saw BITC members East of England Co-operative win the Award for Food and Farming Excellence and LSI Architects the Award for Design and Development

See the full list of winners from the EDP Business Awards 2014