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Business Charity Awards Launched to Reward Charity Work of British Leisure Businesses

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The outstanding contribution made to charities by businesses within the UK leisure industry will be recognised this year by the new Business Charity Awards, launched by Third Sector magazine and the Institute of Fundraising, in association with Mandate Communications and supported by the Charities Aid Foundation.
 
The awards are designed to recognise leisure companies that have shown leadership and commitment in forging relationships with the voluntary sector, ranging from conventional partnerships and challenge events to innovative projects such as employee engagement and social investment. 
 
Stephen Cook, Editor of Third Sector, said:” There are hundreds of leisure businesses in the UK that do fantastic work for charity and we thought it was time to celebrate and honour their achievements. Judging is based on a range of criteria so I really would encourage businesses of all sizes to enter.”
 
Lindsay Boswell, the Chief Executive of the Institute of Funding, said: “These awards will help raise the profile of leisure businesses that do good things for charity and both parties will benefit as a result.”
 
Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Mandate Communications, said: “We know through our work with businesses and charities that companies are making a huge contribution to the voluntary sector, and we are thrilled that their hard work will be recognised.”
 
Businesses can enter one or more of 15 categories, including:
 
·     The Business Charity Champion award for the business leader who has done the most to harness corporate support for charity
·     The best Employment Scheme for the company that has done the most to help a charity through training and work experience
·     The Outstanding Individual award for the employee who has devised the most innovative or productive way for his or her company to support a charity
·     The Donate, Don’t Dump award for the company that most effectively implemented the scheme, devised by Mary Portas, in which businesses encourage staff to bring unwanted clothing to work for donation to charity shops
·     The best Event for the company that has organised or sponsored the fundraising event which has done most to benefit charity
·     The Employee Engagement award for the company that has done the most to engage its workforce with the voluntary sector
 
To enter, go to www.BusinessCharityAwards.com. The deadline for entries is March 11, 2010.  The winners will be announced on June 29, 2010, at a black-tie dinner at the Hilton Park Lane.
 
About Third Sector

Third Sector is the leading magazine and website for the UK non-profit world. It is independent, first with the news, and covers all aspects of the business of being a charity – fundraising, governance, finance, communications, management, policy and politics.
 
About The Institute of Fundraising

As the UK’s professional body, the Institute of Fundraising supports over 5000 individual fundraisers and 300 charities in the exceptional work they do. We support fundraisers through direct training or advice, or being part of a large and supportive network, with the welcome sense of security that brings.
 
About Mandate Communications

Mandate Communications is a leading UK public relations and public affairs consultancy, with offices in London, Edinburgh and Washington DC.
Mandate offers a fully integrated team, with five divisions: Brand Mandate, Corporate Mandate, Green Mandate, Health Mandate and Political Mandate. 
 
Other partners:

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is a charity set up to help other charities by working with donors, companies and charities to encourage and facilitate a culture of giving. They do this by offering products and services, including Give As You Earn, that make giving easier and tax efficient. They work with over 3, 500 companies.
 
For further information about the awards, contact:
Tim Priestman, Consultant
Mandate Communications
Tel. 020 3128 8144
Email: tim.priestman@yourmandate.com
 
For more details on how to enter, contact:
Kate Collins, Events Manager
Third Sector
Tel: 020 8267 8188
Email: kate.collins@haymarket.com
 

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