The Group is committed to good community relations as they are important to the long-term development and sustainability of its businesses.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy, sets clear objectives and gives a new focus to our activities. All CSR activities are now required to meet at least two of the following four core criteria:

Community responsibility criteria

The Group and its subsidiaries participate and invest in their local communities, making donations towards several charitable and fundraising activities primarily in support of STEM related institutions and events with a focus on Bradford-on-Avon and Wiltshire, where the Company is headquartered.

STEM in schools and universities

The Group is actively engaging with the workforce of tomorrow and we remain committed to supporting young people in the field of engineering and technology.

Criteria: 1, 2 and 3

The organisation continues to support young students and has developed a partnership with a local secondary school in Bradford-on-Avon. During the year, the Group had arranged for the school to take part in two work experience weeks with Anthony Best Dynamics Limited, and to provide support for the School’s careers fair in January. The careers fair was very successful with students from years 9, 10 and 11 engaging with Group personnel throughout the day. Unfortunately, the work experience weeks were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Criteria: 1, 2 and 3

The Group has also agreed to sponsor two STEM based residential courses through a charity called Smallpeice Trust. This charity provides opportunities for corporate partners to sponsor educational and development experiences across a wide range of engineering sectors. Two students were due to be selected from St Lawrence School to attend the course with a focus on students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sadly, the courses were postponed due to COVD-19.

Criteria: 1, 2 and 3

This year the Group took on three students for extended work placements within its organisation, with two students working for the full year and one student on a summer placement.

Criteria: 1, 2 and 3
There was also a plan to take on two apprentices which also had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Many of these applications were gained from supporting the apprenticeship fair in association with Bath College in the UK.

Criteria: 1, 2 and 3

In February, the Company supported and attended the University of Bath careers fair and was scheduled to attend the cancelled autumn careers fair. The Group also sponsored the University of Bath Formula Student race team as well as providing technical assistance and donating parts and equipment. The Company is continuing to work with the University of Bath to develop a PhD student network to allow current students to work on live projects for the Group. Our employees also volunteered at the Formula Student virtual event.

Criteria: 1 and 2
In FY20 the Group made donations totalling £500 to the science fair for first prize in association with Wiltshire Music Centre based in Bradford-on-Avon.

Armed Forces

The Group is committed to supporting the Armed Forces Community, which has a significant and growing presence in and around Wiltshire where the Group is headquartered.

Criteria: 3 and 4 and support for reserve forces

In March 2020, the Group decided to formalise its support and commitment to helping ex-military personnel transition into meaningful civilian employment and develop professional skills and careers, by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

As part of this process the Company also rolled out new policies including a new Reserve Forces Policy, detailing the support personnel who are members of the reserve forces can expect to receive from the Company.

Criteria: 1, 2 and 4

The Group has several former military personnel in its employment and remains proactive in its efforts to continue this initiative. Again, activity was limited during the year as the planned National Employment & Careers Fair in Tidworth was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Criteria: 2, 3 and 4

The Company has also chosen to donate to the charity Mission Motorsport, which aids the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, injured or sick military services personnel through participation in motorsport. Through engineering, the charity helps to adapt the vehicle, not the sport, allowing disabled drivers to compete on a level playing field. The charity also provides dedicated career managers to participants having placed over 200 service leavers back into employment.

Diversity in STEM

Women’s Engineering Society

Criteria: 2 and 3

This year the Company has chosen to become a corporate partner to the Women’s Engineering Society (‘WES’). The Group planned to attend a networking event for corporate partners to discuss the challenges women face in engineering and a two-day conference for companies to meet women seeking work in engineering. Unfortunately, neither of these events took place; however, the Group remains committed to WES and we hope to recommence these activities when restrictions allow.

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