Wednesday, July 17, 2013

News: Parkgate Shopping earns "Big Tick"


Parkgate Shopping in Rotherham has earned the rare distinction of winning a second Big Tick award for its acclaimed apprentice programme in the prestigious Business in the Community Awards for Excellence 2013, which showcases the best of responsible business in action.

Big Ticks are awarded to companies who have demonstrated positive social, environmental and economic impacts which reflect their own corporate values.

Having gained the 2012 Award for the results of the first year of the initiative run jointly with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, the management team was jubilant to have repeated the success in 2013.

Billy Smith, regional operations manager at Parkgate, explained: "Following a very successful 2011/12, the second year is proving even more rewarding for the participants. 86 young people within deprived districts of Rotherham took part in diversionary sporting activities and team-building sessions, targeted at hot spot areas and times when local residents were experiencing anti-social behaviour.

"Seven of these young people not in education, employment or training were then selected to take part in a 12-week Get Ready for Work programme.

"18 year old Mused Salem was then selected on the basis of his attitude, effort and all-round abilities for the six-month coaching apprenticeship. It is changing his life and giving him wonderful tools to engage diverse groups of young people. He has already joined the Sports Trust's Cohesion theme of work, delivering activities to bring together different communities across Rotherham."

Adrian Penfold, head of Planning and Corporate Responsibility at Parkgate's owners, British Land, added: "We are particularly delighted that all the hard work that went into developing the programme has continued into its second year.

"It reflects our approach to community investment through British Land's Community Charter and its ten commitments, which aim to ensure that we develop long term relationships and positive impacts with our local communities."

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