The winners of the 2017 National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards were announced yesterday at Clothworkers Hall in London. The awards showcase the best examples and recognise the excellent work carried out by companies and their employees. Winners included Arriva London, The Entertainer, Royal Bank of Scotland and the Royal Mail Group who received special recognition with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Royal Mail Group have provided a Payroll Giving scheme for nearly 30 yrs and have seen thousands of colleagues, past and present, generously give through payroll to over 1400 registered charities and good causes. Employees have raised almost £60 million over the last three decades, with over £2.4 million raised last year. Arag Plc won Most Innovative Campaign – Small employer. The awards were presented by Peter Lewis, CEO, Institute of Fundraising and Panikos Efthimiou, Chair of The Association of Payroll Giving Organisations and Mervi Slade, Chair of Institute of Fundraising’s Payroll Giving Special Interest Group. 2017 Winners Best Overall Campaign: The Entertainer Lifetime Achievement Award: The Royal Mail Group Best Government and Public Sector Employer: Winner – CIPP Highly Commended – Northern Ireland Civil Service Most Innovative Campaign: Large – Winner – Arriva London Highly Commended – Costco Medium – Winner – Valero Highly Commended – Aurum Holdings Small – Winner – Arag Plc. Best Promotional Partnership: Mega – Winner – Sainsbury’s Highly Commended – Network Rail Large – Winner – Costco Highly Commended – Arriva London Medium – Winner – Experian Highly Commended – Zoopla Property Group Small – Winner – Chesterton’s Global Ltd Highly Commended – ARAG Plc Most Successful Sustained Scheme: Mega – Winner – Royal Bank of Scotland Highly Commended – Sainsbury’s Large – Winner – Arriva London Highly Commended – Northern Ireland Civil Service Medium – Winner – The Entertainer Highly Commended – Think Money Group Small – Winner – Balcas Highly Commended – Angel Trains Ltd Best Fundraiser: Mark Slade Best Corporate Champion: Winner – Debbie Bullock of Aviva Highly Commended – Jan Barratt of Experian
Royal Mail is honouring 30 years of Payroll Giving with a special postmark. Royal Mail is honouring 30 years of Payroll Giving with a special postmark. The postmark – which says ‘Royal Mail proudly supports 30 years of Payroll Giving’ – will appear on millions of items of UK stamped mail nationwide. It will land on doorsteps between Monday 10 and Saturday 15 July 2017. Launched in 1987, Payroll Giving allows employees to give to charity straight from their wages or pension without paying tax on it. Over the last three decades, the scheme has raised over £2 billion for good causes. Last year payroll givers donated more than £130 million. Lily Heinemann, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Investment at Royal Mail, said: “We are really pleased to be marking the 30th anniversary of Payroll Giving with a postmark. Our employees are incredibly supportive of Payroll Giving, raising over £58 million over the last three decades. Last year alone saw more than 20 per cent of our employees give through the scheme contributing more than £2.4 million for good causes. We hope that the postmark continues to raise awareness and encourages other employers to offer this scheme to their own employees.” http://www.royalmailgroup.com/royal-mail-marks-30-years-payroll-giving-postmark
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