At Close Brothers, we are dedicated to helping the charities that matter most to our employees. Our donations continue to increase year on year thanks to our fundraising efforts and matched giving schemes to our employees’ favourite charities. We continue to seek out new ways to give as a group and to help employees who give their valuable time and money to causes close to them.
Our staff charities
We know that charity awareness and support are important to our employees, and we want them to feel supported when they give to charity, so we asked them who our group charity partners should be. This year, we have two charity partners – Cancer Research UK (a long standing partner) and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
We have continued to build on our roster of fundraising and giving activities through a combination of group-wide initiatives and locally organised events.
We host a variety of charitable events throughout the year in which all employees can participate. There is consistently high turnout across the group for our popular Charity Week, which offers a range of activities to suit each of our employees’ interests and expertise.
Some past events during Charity Week have included:
- Sports matches
- Silent auctions
- Cake sales
- Pub quizzes
Charity Week was established to raise awareness of important causes, and we welcome employee input in the week’s organisation and activities.
We also have a calendar of local and group-wide fundraising events throughout the year, from dress down days to Christmas markets, supporting a number of different charities.
Matched giving schemes
We support our employees by matching the time and money that they give to charities close to their hearts.
- Our Close Brothers Matched Giving Scheme encourages staff to aid their chosen charities by matching a proportion of funds raised, and by making donations based on amount of time dedicated to volunteering.
- Our Payroll Giving scheme allows employee donations to be made directly from their pre-tax salary, and the group matches a proportion of donations on a monthly basis.
- We match all funds raised by staff in local business fundraising activities for any registered charity.
Awards for continued service to charity
Our charitable achievements have been commended by the following bodies:
Flame of Hope Special Commendation Award
from Cancer Research UK in their Corporate Fundraising category.
Payroll Giving Quality Mark Gold Award
maintained over multiple years thanks to continued group-wide participation.
Member of Heart of the City
the UK’s largest responsible small business network.
In addition to centrally organised, activities, many of our local businesses also support causes that are important to their communities. Some examples of local charity initiatives include our Wimbledon office, who hold a vote every two years to select the local community charity they will be supporting. Since 2015 they have supported First Touch, supporting sick and premature babies at St George’s hospital, and moving forward into 2017 they will be supporting Jigsaw4u which supports local Mitcham services aimed at helping young people who have faced trauma and bereavement.
Assistance Puppy Dogs
Close Brothers Group are the exclusive sponsor of two Dogs for Good assistance puppies; a lively black labrador named Reggie and a yellow coat labrador called Kenny. Both puppies were named by our employees in a staff vote. The group’s sponsorship will help support the puppies during their socialisation and training. This includes breeding and welfare costs, equipment and support to the volunteer socialisers. The puppies may go on to be autism assistance dogs, working with a child with autism and their family, or highly trained assistance dogs helping an adult or a child with disabilities.
This sponsorship is in partnership with Dogs for Good, a life-transforming charity, creating partnerships between people living with disability and specially trained assistance dogs.