Business Engagement with the Community Award open for entry in Dorset Business Awards-

The 20th annual Dorset Business Awards, in association with the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, is set to celebrate businesses that are combining commercial success with delivering a positive impact on the local community.

The Business Engagement with the Community Award, sponsored by J.P. Morgan, is looking for entries from firms that are building positive links with the community.

The judges for this category will be seeking to identify finalists that can demonstrate that they are leading on corporate social responsibility within the Dorset community. The winner will be able to provide details of specific community initiatives particularly those that involve employee engagement and illustrate the impact these have had on the local community, employees, customers and suppliers.

Last year, the Motcombe Community Shop in Shaftesbury won this award because the judges were impressed by how this village shop, post office and coffee shop run by members of, and for the benefit of, the village community has become an important social hub.

Commenting on winning, Kay Francis from Motcombe Community Shop says: “We were thrilled to achieve recognition for the work we do with our local community.  The shop has become the centre of our community offering company, support and interaction for all who visit and for some it has become a way of life.

She adds: “The whole award process was a wonderful experience for our shop.  There is a huge amount of unseen work that goes into running a village community shop and winning the award generated a real feel-good factor.  It also confirmed our customers’ belief in our value in the community.  We’re pleased to say that since winning the award our takings have increased.”

Business Engagement with the Community Award checklist

Entrants should include details of the following:

  • Evidence of initiatives or projects undertaken that impact on the local community. For example community projects, social causes, education, employee volunteer schemes, environment and recycling schemes
  • Background details to these initiatives or projects, how they were developed, implemented and the length of time that they have been operating as well as employee involvement
  • A summary on the impact that these initiatives or projects have had on the organisation

Dorcas Williams, vice president, communications, at J.P. Morgan, says: “The Business Engagement with the Community Award seeks to recognise businesses in Dorset that have shown real commitment to the local community.   J.P Morgan sponsors this award because the company is dedicated to active community involvement and wants to encourage others to similarly get involved.  Our ‘Supporting the Community’ programme provides a wide range of assistance to 130 local voluntary organisations, charities and schools, including many volunteer projects involving our staff. The company recently invested £1.1 million in education through the Achieve Together project, as well as supported economic growth through the YTKO Get Set For Growth programme, and created opportunities for young people through the Catch 22 Office Apprenticeship Service.”

The Awards are also backed by the south’s leading radio station Wave 105 and are free to enter.  Entrants can submit an entry via www.dorsetbusinessawards.co.uk or print off an entry form and submit a paper-based entry. The closing date for entry is Friday September 12. Entrants do not need to be a member of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

For further information about the Awards, sponsorship opportunities or to reserve  tickets for the Gala Dinner which will take place at the Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday November 27 please contact Shirley Ewart on 01202 714812.

Sponsor profile copy – J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan is a leading global financial services firm with a presence in Bournemouth for more than 25 years. The location is a technology and operations centre, resulting in a diverse range of career opportunities. An active ‘Supporting the Community’ programme provides assistance to local voluntary organisations, charities and schools.

J.P Morgan is pleased to be supporting the local business community through the Business Engagement with the Community Award for 2014.