For Mallusk-based retail and wholesale company Henderson Group, which has a proud family heritage spanning 120 years, ‘local’ is in the DNA. And group HR director Sam Davidson says this focus on local drives success throughout the company and all associated with Henderson – from employees to suppliers and communities. Employees are actively encouraged to participate in the group’s Payroll Giving scheme whereby the Henderson Group match contributions made by employees. Sam added: “A new initiative doubling the contributions of any additional donations from new or existing members introduced in 2015 actually generated a further £325,000 for worthy causes last year, many of which are local charities. In the past 10 years, our employees have raised £2,350,000 for charity through Payroll Giving. The current participation rate sits at 35.5 per cent.” The initiative has been acknowledged as the Best Sustained Scheme and Overall Best Campaign in the UK National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards in 2015. Henderson Group supplies to 422 Spar, Eurospar and Vivo-branded stores throughout Northern Ireland, with 79 stores owned by the company.
“The combination of Payroll Giving in Action promotions and regular internal communications have taken us from 2.5% of employees giving to over 9% and at the same time quadrupling annual donations to charity to over £140K a year. It’s a wonderful achievement when you consider how the regular, dependable income generated through Payroll Giving allows charities, large and small, to budget and plan the delivery of their essential services.” James Deeley – Environmental and community affairs specialist http://www.nats.aero/
“Royal Mail has proudly supported Payroll Giving since its conception. We are proud that our scheme has allowed our employees past and present to support any registered charity or good cause of their choice. Our people have now given over £56m to hundreds of local and national causes helping people and communities in every corner of the UK and beyond. Royal Mail also hold the Guinness World Record for the most charities supported through a Payroll Giving scheme and will continue to encourage our people to sign up and give generously to those in need both now and in the future.” Gary Grange – Community Investment Manager
“We are really proud to say that Network Rail employees have donated over £6million through Payroll Giving since our scheme launched in 1997, and we would love to increase this figure to £7million in 2017. Such donations make a substantial positive impact on charitable work throughout Britain and we will continue to promote Payroll Giving wherever possible. It’s a fantastic contribution to charities and we strive to do more.” Kathleen O’Malley, Network Rail’s Social Performance Specialist
“Payroll Giving is a great way for people to regularly support causes they care about. It’s an easy and secure way to donate to charities and offers the most tax effective service so that an individual’s gift can be as valuable as possible. It’s also a great way to get employers and businesses involved in supporting charities and can engage and inspire whole workforces. It’s encouraging to see new programmes like the Payroll Giving Portal being developed and we hope that this new service will make it easier to set up schemes, as well as raise awareness of Payroll Giving and promote and celebrate those employers which are committed to Payroll Giving and supporting the charity sector.” Ceri Edwards – Director of Policy & Communications, Institute of Fundraising.
During the past five years, Arriva London have been encouraging staff to contribute to their favourite charities through the Payroll Giving Scheme. It is therefore with enormous pride that Arriva London delighted to announce that over the past five years, their staff, through the Payroll Giving scheme, have given over a million pounds to their chosen charities; in fact, the latest total is £1.2 million. Over the past few years, Arriva London have increased the promotion of the scheme and awareness to staff regarding how easy it is to give through Payroll Giving. They in turn have embraced it wholeheartedly with many of them telling their stories, and the reasons for their generosity. Members of the team like Steve, Sharon, Helen, Peter, Jayantilal and Olakunle – all Arriva employees, all Payroll Givers, all from different backgrounds and beliefs – coming together in celebration of their common goal: giving to others. As Helen says in praise of Payroll Giving: “I think Payroll Giving is a wonderful idea. My two charities are the Dogs Trust and Cancer Research. Both charities are very close to my heart and to our family. I’m very proud to be one of Arriva London’s Payroll Givers.” And Steve reflects on his reasons for getting involved: “I have a family member who’s a prostate cancer survivor. Payroll Giving gives us the opportunity to give back to charities that really need our help.” As Peter Batty, Arriva London’s Commercial Director, says: “We are incredibly proud of this achievement by our very generous colleagues. Over a million pounds is a life changing sum, and it is something we look forward to repeating in the future. We will continue to encourage and support all our staff to get involved.”