South West Award stories 2016

Raksha Pattni, Area Director West, Business in the Community, reflects on the Responsible Business Awards in the South West.

Raksha Pattni, Area Director West, Business in the Community

It was great to welcome the many businesses and individuals that make up the Prince of Wales responsible business movement in the South St George’s last night.  Jump straight to case studies.

The South West Responsible Business Gala Dinner was a celebration of business as a force for good - how business is coming together on a range of economic, social and environmental issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future. 

Hosted by BBC Radio Bristol presenter Emma Britton, we celebrated the positive impact we are having in our communities in a number of different ways; those businesses and individuals who are taking practical action to tackle unemployment or to improve the environment; those working with our young people to raise their aspirations and build the South West’s talent and skills pool and those who are transforming communities and creating diverse and vibrant places of work.

The evening celebrated responsible business practice and one of the companies recognised on the night will go forward as overall finalists to Business in the Community’s National Responsible Business Gala Dinner in London on 11 July: cider producer, H. Weston & Sons Ltd in the Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award for its Grow Our Own project, which has created 90 plus jobs and strengthened the local economy by £10 million.

We are delighted that Katharine Finn, Regional Leader of the PwC West & Wales practice and Senior Partner in PwC’s Bristol office, has been named as The Prince’s Ambassador in the South West.

Every year HRH The Prince of Wales personally appoints an inspirational business figure in each of the UK’s regions to represent the responsible business movement and lead other businesses in the region to take action to address key issues.  Ambassadors are chosen for their personal impact and for demonstrating leadership within their business.

We also presented a number of additional awards, which identify individuals and companies making an impact in the South West.   

These included Amanda Watkins from DAC Beachcroft who was named South West Responsible Business of the Year, while Excalibur Communications was awarded the South West Responsible Small Business of the Year Award.

Congratulations to all those recognised for their achievements last night.  I would like to thank all those business and individuals that make up the Prince’s Responsible Business Network for all that they continue to do across the South West. I hope their ongoing commitment will continue to inspire others. While much has been achieved there is always more to do to grow our collective impact.

I’d like to thank our sponsors for their support of the evening; associate sponsor Fujitsu and co-sponsors Mitie, Nationwide and PWC.

The following award stories provide more details about the programmes that have achieved success as leaders in responsible business.  For more information on what Business in the Community can do to support your business, please contact me at


H Weston & Sons - Grow our own: The Weston workforce outside their cider making buildings

Local farmers are being encouraged to grow more apples and pears as part of H. Weston & Sons’ Grow Our Own project which aims to secure a sustainable high quality supply for the company's ciders.

The Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award, Finalist, 2016
Published: June 2016
Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Blue Badge company, where half the staff have first-hand experience of disability, is reaping the rewards for its recruitment policy. The company is boosting both lives and the bottom line.

The Employment for Excluded Groups Award, Shortlisted, 2016
Published: April 2016
Categories: Employment
Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Software company Oracle 'Mind Over Matters' campaign connects their workforce with wellbeing resources and mental health support, enabling the company to save just under £1m from reduced absence. 

The Bupa Wellbeing at Work Award, Shortlisted, 2016
Published: April 2016
Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Spirent Communications has launched a scheme within its Positioning Technologies Division to plug the tech skills gap and encourage a younger, more diverse workforce to take up science and technology jobs.

The Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award, Shortlisted, 2016
Published: April 2016

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