AF Blakemore wins triple “Big Tick” success in Business in the Community Awards and donates to local hospice

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AF Blakemore is celebrating after three of its responsible business programmes retained their Big Tick status in the Business in the Community 2015 Awards for Excellence.

The company’s Foodservice division has also made a donation to a local children’s hospice.

Blakemore Fine Foods Producer Growth Scheme, Blakemore Logistics’ Sustainability Programme and the AF Blakemore Education Matters Programme were all successfully reaccredited with a Big Tick in the Enterprise Growth, Sustainable Products and Services and Education categories respectively.

The annual Responsible Business Awards Ceremony, which took place at Aston Villa Football Club, recognised the powerful and positive role that West Midlands businesses are playing in responsible business. It celebrates inspirational companies that are taking action to address social and environmental issues and transform their communities.

Blakemore Fine Foods, which was recognised as national winners at the 2014 Responsible Business Awards received accreditation for the work it has undertaken to support small medium enterprises food and drink producers by giving them a cost effective means to reach retailers through A.F. Blakemore’s logistics infrastructure.

The Blakemore Logistics Sustainability Programme was recognised for the work undertaken to reduce the environmental impact of both its distribution operation and the retail estate it serves.

Since 2010/11 the division has seen a reduction in fuel used by 228,209 litres and increase in kms per litre ratio of fuel from 3.23 in 2010/11 to 3.35 in 2013/14.

Finally, the A.F. Blakemore’s Education Matters Programme was reaccredited with a Big Tick in acknowledgement of its commitment to supporting schools within its trading area.

Since the programme began in 2008, AF Blakemore has supported more than 44,000 students across 253 schools involving 934 employee volunteers.

AF Blakemore’s head of corporate affairs said: “This awards success represent another huge achievement by colleagues across A.F. Blakemore and the company’s long-standing commitment to responsible business.

“Following last year’s unprecedented success across these three categories, A.F. Blakemore has now demonstrated on-going progress within the areas of environment, enterprise and education to be recognised with a reaccreditation in 2015.

“Congratulations must go to the members of staff, customers and other trade partners who have supported the business in making a significant positive contribution to the communities that we serve in this way.”

Stephen Howard, chief executive, Business in the Community, said: “The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the very best of business and raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good. We congratulate AF Blakemore & Son Limited for playing its part in creating a fairer society and more sustainable future and demonstrating that business has a greater purpose then simply generating profit.”

Children’s hospice receives cash boost

A Black Country children’s hospice has received a cash boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of employees from Blakemore Foodservice, Jamesbridge.

A total of £2,500 was donated to Acorns Children’s Hospice following 12 months of employee fundraising initiatives including raffles, barbecues, bake sales and a half marathon to name but a few.

The donation will be used to help the charity continue its work caring for life-limited and life-threatened children and young people, and their families, across the heart of England.

In the last year Acorns has supported over 760 children and more than 980 families, including those who are bereaved. More than 70 per cent of the £8 million plus per year required by the charity to run its services comes from the public.

Blakemore Foodservice community champion, Sharon Garner, said: “Blakemore Foodservice is committed to making a significant positive impact to the communities it serves and we are thrilled to be able to hand over a cheque for £2,500 to continue the great work Acorns Children’s Hospice does.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice corporate partnerships officer, Charlotte Anson, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone at the company who helped raise this amount. We rely on the generosity of the public to raise the funds needed to provide our vital service, so this will be a big boost to the children and families who receive our care.”