Workers at Pertemps People Development Group are celebrating their support for local communities after their highly successful payroll giving scheme surpassed a key milestone.
Employees at the company – which has offices across Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire and Staffordshire – have contributed £100,000 into the scheme and supported almost 300 different causes since its inception five years ago. Two thirds of staff currently participate in payroll giving and fundamentally it’s the members who suggest where the money is spent.
“Supporting those less fortunate is something I’m proud to be able to do through the scheme,” said sports co-ordinator Rob Houlston. “I like the idea that it’s a tax-efficient way of giving, meaning my donation goes further to help others and, just as important, every suggestion receives some degree of support.”
The scheme, called Give As You Earn, has donated funds to a diverse range of organisations including charities, voluntary groups, schools and environmental projects where nominees are personally invited to meet with recipients in order to make the donation.
“It’s about making small, local contributions that have a direct benefit in helping people that need our support,” added Rob. “There are groups, who don’t have access to funding, where a small donation can make all the difference.”
In 2007 the company was acknowledged as operating the best payroll giving scheme in the country. Birmingham historian and broadcaster Carl Chinn appreciates the impression made on local communities.
“The news that this incredible milestone has been reached is a remarkable achievement,” he said.
“Support for scores of local and regional good causes emphasises the outstanding commitment of the employees to help others less fortunate.”
The company regularly holds fundraising events and match-funds employees who undertake challenges for charity as part of its community support programme.
CEO Colin Birchall said: “This achievement is exceptional and demonstrates our strong desire to support a diverse range of good causes. We can all be extremely proud of our continuing generosity, a sentiment I’m sure will be echoed by each and every one of the recipients supported.”
To learn more about the scheme, contact Phil Pemble on 0121 450 8364.