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2018 Local Business Charity Awards launch in Gloucestershire

PUBLISHED: 14:18 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 03 April 2018

Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Jelf and Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations, Ageas

Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Jelf and Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations, Ageas

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The 2018 Local Business Charity Awards have been launched for the fifth time in Gloucestershire complete with a brand new ‘Support A Local Charity’ campaign

The awards, which were founded by Jelf in 2014, recognise the support given by Gloucestershire businesses and individuals to Gloucestershire charities. The awards, which are free to enter, are now open for entries from charities nominating the Gloucestershire businesses who support them. Click here to enter.

As in previous years there will be three awards, the Jelf Award, the Ageas Award and an Individual Award.

Entries will be accepted for the Jelf Award from charities who have an income of over £200,000. Entries will be accepted for the Ageas Award from charities with an income of less than £200,000. Any charity may nominate an individual.

The Local Business Charity AwardsThe Local Business Charity Awards

Nominating charities must have their head office in Gloucestershire and do at least 80% of their work in the county and for the benefit of the county’s residents.

Charities who nominate the eventual winners of the Jelf and Ageas awards will receive a £1,000 donation each from the sponsors. The winner of the Individual Award will win a £300 weekend away.

To mark their fifth anniversary, award organisers have launched a new initiative to encourage more businesses to ‘Support A Local Charity’.

Louise Bruce, organiser of the awards said, “Over the past five years we have learned a lot about the charities in Gloucestershire and the incredible work they do, we also discovered there are many charities who still need support from the business community but don’t have the time, skills or advertising budget to ask for it.

“We hope to show through this campaign that ‘support’ does not have to automatically mean ‘fundraising’. Companies who have never supported a charity before can be reassured they don’t have to raise thousands of pounds or run marathons to support a charity, they could just lend them a room in their office to hold their board meetings or help them to use a specific software package or give them advice on IT security or any number of everyday business-related issues.”

To sign up to the campaign, charities and businesses are asked to visit the website and fill in the online form explaining what help they need and what support/skills they have to share. The results will be published on the website, allowing businesses and charities to browse through the lists looking for a good match.

For example: A local company may find that not far away is a charity in dire need of help on how to set up and run their social media channels; an afternoon spent with a member of their staff who runs the company’s social media accounts could make a huge difference to the charity, at almost no cost to the company.

Alongside general fundraising and volunteering charities may need help with accounts, PR, marketing, advertising, social media, GDPR, accounts, websites, SEO, completing grant applications etc.

The judges for the 2018 Local Business Charity Awards will be:

• Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Jelf

• Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations, Ageas

• Dame Janet Trotter DBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire

• Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham

• Sophie Flowers, Agenda Editor, Gloucestershire Echo

• Dr Diane Savory OBE DL, Chair of GFirst LEP

In a joint statement from sponsors Phil Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Jelf and Cathy Taylor, Head of Commercial Underwriting and Operations, Ageas they said, “Jelf and Ageas are delighted to be supporting the Local Business Charity Awards (Gloucestershire) again in this their fifth anniversary year. We’re looking forward to not only shining a light on the wonderful work done by local businesses to support our local charities but also to encourage new corporate relationships via the ‘Support A Local Charity’ campaign. As national insurers and local employers with a very firm foothold in Gloucestershire, we care deeply about the charities that surround us and look forward to reading the nominations again this year. We wish everyone luck and look forward to seeing the finalists at the awards in September.”

Entry to the awards is free and the closing date for entries is Friday July 27 2018. Finalists will be announced on Monday August 13 2018. Finalists will be invited to attend the finals of the awards on Thursday September 6 2018.

For further information and to enter the awards visit www.localbusinesscharityawards.co.uk.

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