What we offer

According to the latest Government figures, over half of the 1% most deprived areas in England are now in the North West. Over the next year we will focus our programmes in these areas of greatest need. Our key priorities include raising levels of educational achievement and aspiration; promoting enterprise; engaging businesses in employee volunteering; tackling unemployment among disadvantaged groups; and supporting businesses and communities to work together to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle for all.

Marketplace Sustainability

Our national Marketplace Sustainability programme aims to ensure that businesses have a clear vision of how they can make a proportionate and profitable contribution to achieving a high quality and sustainable lifestyle for all.

Employee Volunteering

Our Community Investment programme is committed to supporting UK businesses to develop a diverse, skilled and healthy workforce that actively volunteers in the community.

We promote volunteering as a core business value among North West businesses, many of whom have committed to give their employees time off to support local communities and schools, including taking part in Give & Gain Day, the UK's only national day of employee volunteering.

Business Class

Business Class is a Government-endorsed national programme that engages business to support young people facing social disadvantage by forming long-term partnerships with schools.

Ready For Work

Ready For Work is a national programme that engages business to support disadvantaged groups, particularly people who have experienced homelessness, into employment..

Get Ready

Get Ready! is a Business in the Community-led partnership programme that complements Ready For Work, engaging business to provide early opportunities for people who have experienced homelessness to build skills and confidence for employment.

Responsible Business Awards

Each year our national Responsible Business Awards recognise the achievements of companies that are at the forefront of responsible business practice.

Last year 19 businesses in the North West were recognised for their outstanding achievements. These included eight national Big Tick awards, eight re-accreditations for previous Big Tick winners who demonstrated the continuing impact of their initiatives, and three Local Impact awards.

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Business Connectors

The national Business Connectors programme aims to increase the positive impact of business in local communities by harnessing expertise from business to tackle local needs.

In the North West, Business Connectors will help us scale up our support to local communities and address the urgent challenges on our doorstep, building capacity and brokering relationships at grass roots level in some of the North West’s most disadvantaged communities.