Each operation is aware of its role within its local community. Wherever possible they seek to recruit locally and retain a skilled local workforce.

They are encouraged to build relationships with local community organisations and to support charitable initiatives. These activities range from the organisation of our Annual Charity Sailing Regatta in which over 700 people from our customers and associates participated, marathon running, through to quiz nights, cake sales and summer gala days. Our employees raised over £30,000 (2016: £38,000) for worthwhile causes during the year from these activities.

Charitable donations by Group companies during the year were £27,000 (2016: £27,000).

Case study Social Engagement

The Big Bang Fair is an annual event designed to inspire students to take up a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

As a major Doncaster employer with a huge variety of career options, Polypipe was delighted to meet young visitors at the Doncaster Big Bang Science Fair and tell them all about the career options that are open to them, with staff from human resources, manufacturing and supply chain on hand to answer their questions.

We also challenged students to see who could fit together PolyMax push-fit in the quickest time, with the winners taking home prize bundles from our charity partner Help for Heroes, which included hoodies, teddies, pens, and mugs.

Case study Help for heroes

The Polypipe Regatta has become a popular event in the industry calendar, raising Polypipe’s profile and offering a great way for staff to engage with existing and new customers, while raising much-needed funds for worthwhile causes, which for 2017 included Polypipe’s new charity partner, Help for Heroes.

As well as organising charitable events such as the Regatta, Polypipe will sponsor ex-servicemen and women through a British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) course at the Polypipe Professional Development centre in Doncaster. Those who are looking to embark on a career
in plumbing can attend taster courses, with Polypipe facilitating work experience and vocation experiences for veterans who show an interest in a career in plumbing and groundworks, supporting the long-standing connection between the British Armed Forces and the UK construction industry.