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, quiz nights, cake sales and summer gala days. Our employees raised over £45,000 (2017: £30,000) for worthwhile causes during the year from these activities.

Charitable donations by Group companies during the year were £33,000 (2017: £27,000).

Case study Social Engagement

Nuaire took advantage of Clean Air Day to share information about air pollution with friends and colleagues, and to help raise awareness of the importance of clean air for health and wellbeing. Last summer, Nuaire hosted a class of 30 Year 3 children from Cwrt Rawlin Primary School in Caerphilly and organised an Air Quality Interactive Workshop, which featured fun presentations and scientific experiments looking at indoor air quality, how to reduce air pollutants in the home including positive input ventilation, and a Cyclone Ball game with teams challenged to remove the most ‘NOX particle’ balls. Children were also given a full factory tour, showing how ventilation products are made, from sheet metal being pressed to finished goods being loaded into delivery lorries.

The Big Bang Fair is an annual event designed to inspire students to take up a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Here at the Big Bang Event at the Doncaster Racecourse, Mick Hirst, with 30+ years experience from the moulding shop at Broomhouse Lane, talks to interested schoolchildren about the production processes involved to transform raw materials into finished products.

Case study Help for heroes

In 2018, Polypipe celebrated its 20th Anniversary Regatta. The Regatta is a charity event aimed at non-sailors and experienced sailors alike so that everyone can have an enjoyable day on the water with some not-too-serious racing. Last year more than 50 yachts entered, including three boats for returning soldiers, to raise money for Help for Heroes and John Merricks Sailing Trust.