Corporate Social Responsibility
Our priorities go beyond business and we are committed to the communities in which we operate.
Our staff lead our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, which we call “Community Matters” because it relates to three types of community:
The Green Community
We take our responsibility to the environment seriously. Activities include planting trees, reducing waste, and making use of local suppliers where possible. We also have our own bee hive – protecting bees, producing honey and giving staff the chance to learn new skills in the process.
The Ashfords Community
We want to provide a positive and rewarding working environment for all employees. We do this through CSR initiatives including arranging staff discounts at local businesses, allowing staff to buy up to three days’ holiday each year and introducing a cycle scheme offering subsidised bikes.
Our Local Community
We raised over £66,000 for Mind in 2015 and over £77,000 in 2016 for Parkinson's UK. Alzheimer's Society is the firm's Charity of the Year for 2017. They are a charity for anyone affected by dementia, who do everything possible keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.
Our Charity of the Year for 2017 will be running until the end of March 2018 and so applications for our new charity for 2018 aren't due to commence until the end of the year. Please check our website again near that time for more information on how you can nominate your own charity.
Alzheimer's Society chosen as Ashfords LLP's Charity of the Year 2017
Alzheimer's Society is the firm's Charity of the Year until April 2018. Alzheimer's Society is a charity that supports those affected by dementia through both practical and emotional support.
Supporting Charities at Christmas
Instead of sending Christmas cards, we will be supporting charities in our various office locations where our teams will be contributing to and assisting in a range of initiatives including food bank collections and soup kitchens as well as purchasing much needed supplies for the homeless.
Dress Down for Food Bank Donations
On Friday, 10 July we held a firm-wide dress down day, and in lieu of money donations we asked staff to bring in items of food and long-lasting products, which were then donated to local food bank.
Ashfords LLP Creates a "Buzz" With its New Tenants
We are delighted to announce that we will be keeping a colony of bees at our Exeter office. Ashfords people are taking up bee keeping in a bid to help the national initiative to protect bees and boost their population.
Davida's Day - 24-hour Charity Golf Marathon
In memory of Davida Evans, a respected member of the Ashfords team, in May 2015 six hardy golfers set to play right through the night. The 24-hour charity golf marathon at St Mellion International Resort is in aid of Clic Sargent. On behalf of everyone in the firm, Ashfords donated £500 to the 24-hour Golf Marathon.
Devon Chamber of Commerce Award
Ashfords supported this years' Devon Chamber of Commerce Awards sponsoring the award category for 'Business Personality of the Year', recognising those who fully engage with the Chamber and attend many networking events.
Freedomwheels - to help fund a new mini bus
Freedomwheels is a charity, based at Whipton Hospital, that provides specialist transport for people with disabilities in Exeter with the help of a pool of volunteer drivers. In February 2015 Ashfords provided a donation in order to help fund a new mini bus.
TADS concert to raise money for Marie Curie
Ashfords were pleased to make a donation in June to the Drama Group (TADS) who put on a one-night performance of three plays to raise money for Marie Curie on 13 June 2015. The event was organised by Debbie Smith, who suffers from cancer herself.
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Go Green Awards
Ashfords sponsored the award for Best Newcomer for Transport and Travel at the Go Green Awards in Bristol which was won by Arkbound. An Ashfords employee won the Highly Commended Award for Driving Force, an award recognising an individual making the biggest green changes within a business.
TADS donation to Alzheimer's Society
Ashfords Partner, and Co-Director of the TADS (Tedburn St Mary Amateur Dramatic Society) 2017 production of Aladdin, Charles Pallot, is proud to deliver a cheque for £500 from TADS as a donation to Ashfords' Charity of the Year, Alzheimer's Society, to Charity Committee Member Angharad Davies.