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Social activities and communities

The Company is committed to having a positive impact on the communities in which its businesses operate and looks to support its local communities through employment, involvement in local events and fundraising activities, charitable donations, sponsorships of local teams and donations of floorcovering products for specific projects.

The Company encourages its businesses to support local charitable organisations, providing assistance to do so, and also has a policy in place to match individual’s charity fundraisings under its Employee Donation Scheme and allow employees paid time off work to undertaken charitable duties.

Charitable donations made during the year in support of charitable causes in local communities, nationally, and those of interest to employees amounted to £24,172 (2017: £33,483). In addition, employees participated in a variety of fundraising activities and supported charities local to their businesses.

While the Company does not support a specific charity or community it has been a member of the Pennies from Heaven payroll giving scheme since 2011 and matches the charitable donation made by its employees under the scheme. In 2018, the Company made an overall contribution of £5,482.07 to Pennies from Heaven on behalf of itself and its employees (2017: £10,098.68).

During 2018, the Company held its second employee survey, again donating £5 on behalf of each employee who completed it. Due to the much-improved response rate in 2018, a greater total of £8,190 was raised for the chosen charities of Cancer Research UK, Make-A-Wish UK and Age UK. (2017: £5,430).

In 2018, the Company became a corporate member of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry. The Furniture Makers’ Company aims to promote, encourage and foster the craft and industry of furnishing and furniture and its ancillary activities, advance education in the industry, and relieve financial hardship of present and past employees of the industry, their families, relatives and dependents. In 2018, Headlam made a donation to their charitable fund, and one of its businesses, Florco, participated in their charitable football tournament.

The Company and its individual businesses donate floorcovering products to many deserving causes during the year. During 2018, these included:

  • Coleshill-based businesses donating to Sebastian’s Action Trust, for their new purpose-built respite facility which provides support to families of seriously ill children
  • Headlam Newcastle donating to BAY Foodbank, for their office space in support of their work providing emergency food provision to those experiencing financial crisis
  • Mercado Leeds donating to DIY SOS, to provide assistance in a home rebuild project in support of a disadvantaged family

Other activities in support of both local communities and furthering education included the sponsorship of a junior football club local to the Company’s head office, the presentation to summer school students as part of an educational trip, and providing work experience at several of the Company’s locations.

Headlam is proud to have been able to be supportive of all the incredibly worthwhile causes and activities detailed above.