Along with our regular staff-led fundraising as part of our LB150 fund, we also support local and national good causes on both a firm-wide and individual level.
In the last 12 months, staff across our offices have, among other things:
- Hosted a black tie ball
- Competed in a muddy run
- Arranged a ten-pin bowling evening
- Became quiz masters at a quiz
- Held various mini-office competitions
- Completed the three peaks challenge
- Cycled from London to Amsterdam to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and Future Stars
- Ran a succession of races of varying lengths for a number of different charities
- Taken part in various charity golf days
- Supported OpenChristmas in Great Yarmouth
- Collected donations for local foodbanks
Our staff give freely of their own time, donating almost 4000 hours a year to a range of different organisations
In 2008, as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations we launched the LB150 fund, to raise £150,000.
Each year a staff led panel chose the causes who would benefit.
Our fund is still going strong and to date we've raised £300,000.
In 2019 we were able to share nearly £30,000 with the following organisations, plus more:
- Watton Sports & Recreational Centre - new gym equipment to aid rehabilitation and health
- The Prospect Trust in Reach - to help renovate an old farm building for extended use
- TOPCATS in Lowestoft - for its nature project
- Kingfisher Amateur Boxing Club - towards new equipment for the junior members
- Friend in Deed - to fund inter generational activities in care homes across Norfolk
- Great Yarmouth Cricket Club - sports equipment to help more members
The fund is administered by the Norfolk Community Foundation
Our local community is important to us and we are proud to play an active role in supporting it. As well as raising money for our own community fund, the LB150 fund, we support over 100 local groups and charities with free or discounted fees on our professional services.
These groups receive the same expert service as any of our clients.
Our staff and partners are just as generous with their own time, a recent survey revealed that between them they give almost 4000 hours a year to various organisations on a voluntary basis. Among other roles, they act as governors in schools, town councillors, trustees, children’s group leaders and sports club officers.
Supporting young people in the community
We feel strongly that as a firm committed to our local community we have a responsibility to support our young people.
One of the ways that we do this is through supporting local schools and colleges to bring young people and businesses together. We attend over 50 careers focused events each year, reaching out to thousands of young people in our local area.
Some of the activities that we have been involved in include, careers fairs, enterprise days, CV and interview tips workshops and speed networking. All of these help the young people we speak to decide on their short term next steps such as choosing the subjects to study in the next stage of their journey and also provide them with information to think about what their longer term career goals may be.
Our involvement with local education is taken a step further with some of our staff giving up their free time to sit on the board of Governors at local schools and our Assistant HR Manager is the Enterprise Adviser for Thorpe St Andrew High School and Sixth form. Both of these roles provide guidance and direction to help schools ensure they are able to provide the very best for their students.
Being a part of a network that works closely with schools and colleges is not just about giving back to the community, through the programme we are able to offer personal development opportunities to our staff helping them to develop new skills. We are also able to attract school leavers, graduates and apprenticeship scheme applicants through our involvement in education.