Our Corporate Social Responsibility
Helping our local community
Here at Tinsdills we believe it’s all about people. That’s why we have a long established Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, set up to give back where we can and to look after our environment. As well as boosting the local community by employing around 100 staff across our four offices, we also endeavour to stay connected to local community projects and environmental initiatives. Our Corporate Social Strategy outlines the measures we are taking as a firm to reduce our impact on the local environment and details the positive impact we make through our initiatives for our clients, our staff and the environment.
We also act for trade unions and union members on a variety of legal matters helping to maintain close links with local people.
Our clients and staff
As we continually strive to improve the service our clients receive, we endeavour to give them a high quality client experience at the same time as creating a friendly and supportive environment for our staff. This is instilled through our Client Care Bond and we believe our Client feedback speaks for itself.
We are committed to using local suppliers as much as possible, ensuring that we support the local economy and also help to reduce our carbon footprint. In order to reduce the amount of paper waste we produce, we try to work electronically where possible, and when required to print, we use black and white ink on a duplex print setting.
As a firm we have also started to reduce the amount of correspondence that we send out via post, opting to use alternative methods such as email and secure file sending where possible to help lower our carbon footprint.
Tinsdills Corporate Charity
We have supported Douglas Macmillan Hospice as our chosen charity for a number of years, more recently we have developed a stronger Corporate Partnership, achieving multiple Bronze and Silver Awards for our donations over the years.
As our company continues to grow and expand, with our four branches covering and breadth of Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leek and Sandbach as well as their surrounding areas, it is the perfect opportunity to expand our community involvement and try to do something new.
In 2019 we made the decision to take a slightly different approach to our corporate charity initiative going forwards. With a desire to impact the community more widely, we chose to support a variety of local charities throughout Staffordshire and Cheshire, instead of focusing on just one.
Supporting charities/community involvement
Each year, Tinsdills sponsors the Douglas Macmillan 5k held at World of Wedgewood, where supporters can either walk or run the 5k and raise money for such a great local charity through sponsorship.
Throughout the year, members of staff also attend charity golf days, charity quiz evenings and take part in Food Bank donation drives. We also take pride in sponsoring local sports teams such as the Leek Rugby Club under 10s team, Red Street Eagles under 8s team and Sandbach United FC to name a few.
Each year, we make a big effort to take part in Douglas Macmillan’s ‘Bring a Pound’ campaign. In 2019, we decided that we would create a ‘balloon tombola’. We asked staff to donate a prize, whether it was silly, tasty or smelly and then numbered each gift for the raffle. Folded pieces of paper were then added into blown up balloons, some with a number on and some without! Staff then paid a donation of £1 and were able to choose which balloon they wanted to pop, if the piece of paper contained a number, then they won a prize. Not only did staff find great pleasure in bursting balloons throughout the office, we also managed to raise £129.20 in the process!
Looking to support smaller charities alongside our more established charitable partners, we took time to seek a local charity that perhaps didn’t typically receive as many generous donations as some of its larger counterparts. Alice Charity is a local charity which supports vulnerable children and families within Stoke-on-Trent to develop both independence and resilience. Alice’s Peoples Pantry provides a three-day emergency supply of food, baby products and toiletries to families who find themselves without the basic living essentials they desperately need. The People’s Pantry are actively breaking the cycle of poverty and ensuring that the impacts hardship can bring, has minimal effect on children. Inspired by their work, Tinsdills set about collecting non-perishable items throughout November 2019 that could be donated to the charity to support the People’s Pantry.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a successful year of fundraising without taking part in Children In Need. Each year we try to come up with some FUNdraising ideas to embrace Children In Need. In 2019, we held a dress down day, providing staff with the opportunity to go about their day in more comfortable attire. But that wasn’t all we did, to sweeten the deal, we held a competition of ‘how many sweets are in the jar’ charging £1 per go, staff chose a number on a pre set chart which they believed was the number of sweets in the jar. After many failed attempts (some staff even paying for 5 guesses!) we finally had a winner! A sweet success all round, we even managed to raise £109.64, and yes, the winner did eat all of the sweets in the jar!