Bettys & Taylors receives Community Award
Every year, the Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business Awards celebrate leading and role model businesses in the region. This year, Bettys & Taylors is honoured to have been announced as the winner of the ‘Community Award’, which recognises businesses that have made a genuine and tangible difference in the region during the Covid-19 crisis.
This year’s event – held in person for the first time since 2019 – attracted record entries and we faced stiff competition from within our category. Yorkshire Post Business Editor, Mark Casci, commented: “I can say without any hesitation that the standard of entries received this year is by far the most impressive I have seen in the five years since I have chaired these awards.”
The pandemic affected every area of our business, and we had to be agile to overcome daily challenges. Colleagues showed great flexibility, understanding and willingness to adapt to new ways of working, not to mention a collective effort to support our communities at home and within our supply chain.
“We are delighted to receive this award which is thanks to all the hard work and commitment of so many of our people from across the business,” said Sarah Wells, Bettys & Taylors Community Manager.
“Whether it be finding creative ways to fundraise, diverting food which would have gone to waste into the community, or delivering parcels of appreciation to frontline workers in hospitals and care homes across Yorkshire, our people rose to the challenge of supporting others at an exceptionally challenging time.”
Throughout 2020, deliveries of tea, coffee, bread, cakes and biscuits were made to frontline NHS staff and Community Healthcare teams across the Yorkshire and Humber region. We also supported the Trussell Trust, Age UK and Fareshare centres, and by the end of 2020 we had donated 12.4 million teabags though community packs for vulnerable people and families across Yorkshire and the North East. We also ensured that when the Bettys branches were closed, all food waste was given a home within the local community.
Our people found innovative ways to fundraise, despite the practical challenges, raising a total of £53,000 for our eight branch charities. Recognising the pressures facing charities due to the pandemic, the business also provided an additional £10,000 donation per charity.
Despite being closed for many months our flagship community project, the Cone Exchange, made scrubs, laundry bags and headbands for NHS teams, along with providing material and equipment for mutual-aid groups making scrubs and masks for key workers.
We supported the Two Ridings Foundation as part of their Yorkshire Coronavirus Community Fund for the provision of grants to organisations working in our region to provide food and support for families and vulnerable people.
We also made ‘Five Covid-19 Commitments’ to our tea and coffee suppliers, honouring all long-term agreements and contracts, support with payment terms and access to credit if needed and the launch of a £500,000 global Emergency Response Relief Fund.