Name of Company:Assael Architecture - SME Winner
Assael Architecture for Giving Something Back
Assael Architecture launched its ‘Giving Something Back’ programme in 2013 and it has become integral to the practice’s business plan. The company’s initiatives include: providing pro-bono advice to Paul’s Cancer Support Centre, reviving a derelict playground, supporting young people through employability workshops, and a long-term partnership with local charity, Fulham Good Neighbours.
Through these partnerships Assael has supported 295 young people with construction sector careers advice and reduced isolation for 28 elderly and vulnerable individuals over the past three years. With a 95% staff participation rate, the company has been able to donate 1,560 hours to community initiatives, which they value at £135,720. This contributes to their target to donate 1% of turnover to charitable causes through staff hours and money raised per year, with the aim to enable each of Assael’s 75 staff members to spend at least one working day a year volunteering.
“Our initiatives give staff an opportunity to develop their communication skills, work better together in teams, develop stronger relationships with colleagues, and feel positive about supporting wider society. Happy staff are more productive, more loyal and dedicated.” John Assael, Chairman and Co-founder, Assael Architecture
- 295 young people supported with with construction sector careers advice
- Reduced isolation for 28 elderly and vulnerable individuals
- 95% staff participation rate
- £135,720 value of volunteering hours donated