This Summer our Corporate division have been volunteering over a course of 12 weeks at HALE (Health Action Local Engagement) in Shipley. HALE work with people of all ages and provide a wide range of services to vulnerable members of society in the local community. The services focus on helping to tackle loneliness, isolation, mental health and confidence issues and people exposed to dangerous or exploitative situations.
Diligent Account Executive, Lee Goodall, organised the volunteering project after reaching out to HALE earlier in the year. Twenty-four members of the team took part in several activities and social group meet ups where attendees play games, sing or walk. HALE organises mixed and single-sex group activities such as the woodwork workshop and ladies only chit-chat club.
Chief Executive Officer, Alastair McGregor said “From our perspective we see the positive benefits of getting a local business involved in our activities as twofold – firstly we get positive assistance in delivering our activities (much of which is volunteer based) and secondly it spreads knowledge about what we deliver to a different audience who can publicise our interventions to friends and relations. Feedback from our staff and clients has been really positive and the ACS staff volunteers have been brilliant in getting involved and helping out.”
We are ecstatic to announce that we have been named as ‘One to Watch’ in Europe in a list of business excellence published by the European Business Awards, one of world’s largest and longest running business competitions.
Mirroring the programme’s core values of innovation, success and ethics, ACS was chosen because we were able to demonstrate exceptional achievement in our entry for The Workplace and People Development Award, one of the 18 European Business Awards’ categories.
Mike Hussain, Managing Director, is thrilled with the recognition. He said “I am delighted that ACS has been recognised in this category at the European Business Awards. People are at the core of our business and our aim has always been to ensure that they are engaged, supported and appreciated. Winning would be a great testament to our strategy and ongoing investment into our unique culture and workplace development.”'Ones to Watch' list
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: “The companies chosen as ‘Ones to Watch’ are the most inspirational, successful and dynamic in Europe. The talent and tenacity at the heart of these businesses creates jobs and drives Europe’s prosperity. This ‘Ones to Watch’ list of excellence is a benchmark of success for the rest of the European business community.”
Companies on the ‘Ones to Watch’ list come from all sectors; from manufacturing to retail, agriculture to technology, and all sizes; from start-ups to Billion Euro businesses.
ACS are now competing in one of the 18 categories of this year’s European Business Awards to become a National UK Winner. If successful, we will then take part in the Gala Final in December 2019, where the final 18 European winners will be announced. Wish us luck!
In May and July 2019 ACS employees were invited to attend Mental Health Workshops ran by 2019’s charity partner, The Cellar Trust. The workshops are designed to raise awareness of mental health issues. For example, the Stress Buster workshop focuses on understanding the effects of stress and how it effects the way we think, feel and behave. The workshops saw employees learning breathing techniques, ways of recognising the symptoms of stress and how to look after their wellbeing.
ACS IT Services Account Manager, Chris Gray, will be cycling in the London - Brighton Bike Ride on June 16th 2019 to raise money for The Cellar Trust. This is the first of many events Chris intends on taking part in this year. This isn’t the first time Chris has taken part in a charity challenge, in 2018 he took part in a sponsored sky-dive for our Charity of the year The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Sponsor him and help him hit his target of £500 here:Sponsor Chris
On Saturday 11th May we attended the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Star Awards ceremony in Liverpool. These awards were introduced in 2012 to recognise and reward the individual and groups that contribute time, energy and donations to Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation every year.
ACS were nominated for the Local Business Award for our fundraising efforts in 2019 alongside Bruntwood, Rigby Financial and Custom Print and we’re happy to announce that we won!
On Friday 22nd March 2019 a handful of the ACS team went to join like-minded people in Leeds to “show the Aire they C’Aire”. In the cold damp weather they spent four hours cleaning up the riverside, collecting debris and litter from the embankment and making a few friends along the way. Between them they managed to fill 44 bags of rubbish and debris.
Our Litter heroes are part of the ACS Eco team, whose purpose is to make sure ACS is doing their bit for the environment and identify opportunities for the business to reduce waste and become more sustainable.
Little Hiccups are a parent-led support group for families of children with disabilities and additional needs. In January 2019 The ACS marketing team volunteered their skills to help Little Hiccups create a campaign around their ten-year anniversary with the aim to help the charity raise awareness and funds. Working alongside the charity, the team came up with a bespoke ten-year anniversary logo to use on their marketing, a full marketing plan for 2019 and a promotional fundraising pack around the theme “10 little ways to help”. The pack contained an eight-page booklet, a charity collection box and a poster which encourages businesses and community groups to fundraise by completing 10 little challenges in 2019.
In December 2018 ACS colleagues compiled Christmas comfort boxes for local Cancer patients at Bradford’s Marie Curie hospice.
The boxes had things like hot water bottles, blankets, socks, trays, plastic cutlery because of the metallic taste during chemo, puzzle books, power-banks, journals, hats, creams, lip balms and teas inside. The staff were ecstatic and told Steven, who dropped them off, that one of the boxes would be given to a 90-year-old lady who didn’t have any family.
Our third CSR project involved helping Mayfield Girl’s School with their Education in the Digital Age event, designed to inspire young women into considering careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
The impressive schedule featured a debate about the ethics of artificial intelligence with Dr Blay Whitby, a green-screen workshop with The Emmerdale Studio Experience, a coding workshop ran by the EXA Foundation and a Microbit programming workshop with Tablet Academy.
ACS volunteered to help Mayfield, one of our customers, organise the on-campus event after a conversation between Account Manager Tony Moore and the school’s IT buyer about another project ACS were working on, helping Mill View care home to regenerate their garden.
For our second CSR project in September 2019 ACS employees went down to their local donation centre in Bradford to give blood.
Each pint of blood donated meant that we saved up to 3 lives. We were inspired to give blood after one of our team members, Luke, had a lifesaving blood transfusion a few years ago.
After feeling ill, Luke visited his GP who then personally drove him to hospital because he recognised how seriously ill he was. Once at hospital Luke received a blood transfusion of 4 pints of blood which literally saved his life. The doctors said if he hadn’t had the blood transfusion when he did, he would have had a heart attack. This shows just how important blood donation is and what a difference it can make.
On 29th September 2018 Account Manager, Rachel Ashton, ascended 5200ft in memory of her mum and ACS colleague Mark . Rachel walked 24 miles over the Yorkshire 3 peaks in aid of two charities, Breast Cancer Awareness and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
On 29th September 2018 one of our Account Managers, Chris Gray, jumped out of a plane, 15,000ft in the air, in aid of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The skydive took place at the Skydive GB centre in Bridlington.
Mill View care home is a home that works very hard to make life for their residents more enjoyable and they do their utmost to bring the local community inside for the people who can no longer go outside. The employees there have put in lots of hard work into achieving their vision of making the home a fun and vibrant place to live in. They have created an enjoyable and even recognisable space for the residents, many of whom have dementia.
Many of the ACS employees have been involved in the garden regeneration project, spending a whopping collective 306 hours (250 hours in work time and 56 hours outside of work) designing, sourcing goods, gardening, jet washing, sanding and painting furniture.
On 22nd April 2018 4 of our ACS employees and 3 friends kayaked the longest lakes in England, Coniston Water, Windermere and Ullswater in the Lake District, in under 12 hours. They undertook this tough challenge in support of the Roy Castle Lung Foundation - a charity who's hard work and motivation continues to provide unparalleled support to anyone affected by lung cancer.
12 ACS employees came together to become Yorkshire Warriors on 21st April 2018 to run the 10k Yorkshire Warrior at Ripley Castle in Harrogate. The group managed to raise over £1,000 for The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation!