This week we are proud to be celebrating UK Charity Week. #UKCharityWeek is a campaign designed to give the people of the United Kingdom an opportunity to place awareness and fundraising for charities high on the national agenda, and at a time of the year when people are statistically at their most giving. As a business we are committed to supporting the communities in which we work, and we currently support a number of charities across our seven office. In this blog, Managing Director Jo Sellick gives his thoughts on the benefits of corporate giving, and why he thinks it is so vital in today’s society. One of the great privileges of running a business is being able to give generously to community organisations and charitable causes. Since the establishment of Sellick Partnership in 2002, we have actively supported the communities our business operates in through charitable giving and voluntary work, and have so far raised over £100,000 for good causes across the country. Sellick Partnership: our Corporate Social Responsibility At Sellick Partnership we pride ourselves on our ethics as a business, and strive to ensure they lie at the heart of everything we do. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy stems naturally from our core values – and we are passionate about how our business can make a real, positive difference to the environment and community around us. As a business owner I believe it’s extremely important to give back, and our CSR policy is set out to ensure that we have guidelines in place for our internal and external activities Giving back is good for you Businesses today are in an unrivalled position to help those less fortunate – not only by offering a great product or service, but having the opportunity to collaborate with charities to help promote the ‘greater good’. It gives me an immense sense of pride when we are able to create new opportunities for people, help those in need, and strengthen our position as a supporting arm in the community. A considerable benefit of supporting charitable and community organisations is the impact it can have on you. The act of helping others can create an improved sense of wellbeing, and simply by knowing you have sacrificed time, finances or property can give you an inimitable feeling of joy and self-worth. Altruistic behaviour has been linked scientifically to the release of endorphins in the brain, producing the positive feeling known as the ‘helper’s high’, activating regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust. Being happier in business will undeniably have a direct result on performance and success. Science also supports this notion with various researchers reporting on a direct correlation between contributing to charity and reducing stress. We all look to find new, innovative ways to improve physical health and longevity, more often than not through self-medication or costly herbal/life plans, but charitable giving could be a much more rewardable option. Motivate your workforce The respect gained by giving a helping hand to worthwhile causes is beyond compare, and increased visibility will go a long way in building and maintaining a well-rounded and motivated workforce. Human beings seem genetically programmed to help in tragedy, take the tragic bombing in Manchester as an example. The fundraising campaign set up to help the victims and families of those affected and dealing with the aftermath currently stands at over £4 million. This is a huge sum of money donated by, in the most part, complete strangers to all affected. The unforgivable act of hatred has mobilised communities and motivated people across the world to help in whatever way they can. It is this motivation to help, and desire to give back we should all draw upon every day in business, not only to help our colleagues, but also to motivate and build morale in the workplace. I believe businesses that are a positive force in the community are held in much higher regard by their employees and peers. It’s clear that charitable giving has significant benefits for any organisation, big or small, but that should not be the only reason to get involved. The mission Sellick Partnership operates from is “putting people first, to create the brightest future” and Sellick Partnership will continue to support worthwhile causes, not only because it directly benefits the business, but because we have a moral obligation to support those in our community. If you would like to find out more about our CSR initiatives and the charities we support you can check out the CSR page of our website here.
The Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2018 are upon us, and the ceremony itself is fast approaching. The finalists have recently been announced and anticipation is growing for the reveal on Wednesday 13 June 2018 where this year’s winners will be declared. The Derby Telegraph Business Awards aim to celebrate success and recognise achievement of people and companies within Derbyshire who are making a real difference to the local community. Not only does winning an award mean recognition for the company and the important work they do, but it also boosts morale for the workforce too. Sellick Partnership sponsor the Derby Telegraph Business Not-for-Profit Organisation Award, and have done so for the past four years. Sponsoring the award is hugely important to us because we firmly believe that each winner’s achievements and contributions to Derbyshire need to be recognised and rewarded. Nikki Kinsey, Associate Director at Sellick Partnership is truly committed to working with not-for-profit organisations and believes that events like this are vital to recognise the work that these organisations do across the region. Awards like this are essential and allow us to build lasting relationships within Derby and the Midlands’ business community. We decided to take a look back at last year’s winner of the Derby Telegraph Not-for-Profit Organisation Award, Women’s Work, and find out why winning was important to them, and how achieving the award has impacted their organisation in a positive way. Women’s Work is a charity whose aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged and vulnerable women. Their work within the community is vitally important and they support over 750 women every year. We contacted Women’s Work and asked them what winning the award in 2017 meant to them, and how achieving the Not-for-Profit Organisation Award helped them to continue their life-changing work in the community. Diane Whitehead, Development Manager at Women’s Work said; “Women’s Work was delighted to receive the Derby Telegraph Business Not-for-Profit Organisation Award in 2017 as it represents public recognition of our successes and raises the profile of the charity with a broader audience. The coverage of the award in the Derby Telegraph recognised the professional approach of the charity in delivering support to disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Derbyshire, helping them make positive lifestyle choices to improve their overall health and wellbeing. “The acknowledgment of our success, both on our website and as part of our email footer, has a positive impact both with recipients and with staff who are proud to display evidence of our achievements. Peer recognition from other not-for-profit organisations reassures staff that their work is not taken for granted and is instrumental in fostering motivation and loyalty. Opportunities for celebration are limited in the environment in which we work and as such are very powerful when they occur. Success stories generate feelings of well-being and give incentive to staff who are often faced with difficult and negative scenarios. “The not-for-profit sector carries out amazing work but it is largely unrecognised. The Derby Business Telegraph Awards bring the silent heroes out of the shadows and into the limelight.” The awards final will take place on Wednesday 13 June 2018 at the Derby College Roundhouse, Derby. Good luck to all finalists for this year! To find out more about how Sellick Partnership supports the community click below. Related pages Careers advice Candidate resources Register your CV Browse roles