L-R: UK Head of UBS David Soanes, Business in the Community Chief Executive Amanda Mackenzie, A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Corporate Affairs Manager Clare Knowles, A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd HR Business Partner Elizabeth Blakemore and Sky Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch.

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd has won an award at the Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards 2019.

The company’s schools volunteering programme, Branching Out, was named the winner in the Education Partnerships category at the Business in the Community Gala Dinner on 9 July.

Other finalists in the category included BP, Hogan Lovells, KPMG and PwC.

“We are over joyed to have won this award and to be recognised in this arena is a phenomenal achievement,” said Elizabeth Blakemore, HR Business Partner at the firm.

“Transforming the lives of young people and providing them with the skills to prepare them for the world of work is why Branching Out exists, however, none of this could have been achieved without the continuous support and passion of our colleagues who have worked tirelessly to bring the programme to life,” she added.

Branching Out programme supports young people in developing their employability skills and also provides employment opportunities within the business itself. Since 2017, 183 young people have gained employment with A.F. Blakemore via activity related to Branching Out.

Amanda Mackenzie, chief executive at the Business in the Community, commented: “Huge congratulations to A.F. Blakemore & Son on their success in this year’s Responsible Business Awards. They have shown determination and ambition to keep pushing the responsible business agenda through real, tangible action.

“All our award winners understand that the only way to bring about change is to actually do something about it. A.F. Blakemore & Son is putting responsible business practices at the core of their organisation and are helping our mission to make the UK the world leader at responsible business.”

Boots UK won the the Responsible Business of the Year award at the event.