Companies from across the UK have come together to celebrate the success of Payroll Giving at this year’s National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards held at the Treasury in Whitehall.
Winners included Arriva London, Henderson Group, Maxus, London Borough of Islington, Retail Trust, Wickes, Prudential and DHL UK
The National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards celebrate companies that have gone the extra mile, whether by encouraging their staff to give to so many good causes by matching staff donations pound-for-pound, or by running extensive internal promotions to get more people signed up to Payroll Giving.
Speaking at this year’s awards ceremony, hosted by HM Treasury, Richard Taylor, Chair of Institute of Fundraising, said: “It is hugely satisfying to see that so many organisations have embraced Payroll Giving. Our judging panel were impressed by the quality of entries and the innovative approaches taken by employers to create and sustain some really effective campaigns for their employees.
“With over 1.1 million individuals donating regularly, more people than ever before are using Payroll Giving, and £134 million was raised for good causes last year. Such a regular and stable income to charities is extremely valuable and I am delighted that we can celebrate the real success stories of Payroll Giving tonight.”
Presenting the Awards were Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society, and David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has won an award tonight, as well as those highly commended, shortlisted and nominated. The organisations and individuals represented here demonstrate our nation’s generous nature and willingness to give.
“I hope that over the coming months and years, more employers will take advantage of Payroll Giving so that more people have the opportunity to donate through their pay.”
David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: “The winners of these Awards show that Payroll Giving can be an extremely effective mechanism for people to support charities that they care about and their successes should be celebrated. Within the Treasury we are continuing to facilitate discussions with the charity sector and PGAs to make sure that Payroll Giving works well so that both the numbers of donors and amount of money that is raised through the scheme can increase.”
Panikos Efthimiou, Chair of the Association of Payroll Giving Organisations, said: “Congratulations from the APGO to everyone shortlisted for the NPGEAs. Thank you to employers and their employees around the UK for continuing to make payroll giving a continued success and providing much-needed income for charitable causes.”
Winners of the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2014:
Best Overall Campaign
Winner: Arriva London
Best Campaign – Large Employer
Winner: Arriva London
Highly Commended: Morrison Supermarkets
Best Campaign – Medium Employer
Winner: Henderson Group
Highly Commended: News UK
Best Campaign – Small Employer
Winner: Maxus UK
Highly Commended: Checkatrade
Best Campaign – Government & Public Sector
Winner: Islington Council
Highly Commended: HMRC
Best Campaign – Civil Society Employer
Winner: Retail Trust
Most Successful Sustained Scheme – Large Employer
Highly Commended: Arriva London
Most Successful Sustained Scheme – Medium Employer
Winner: Prudential UK & Europe
Highly Commended: CMS Cameron McKenna
Best Innovative Promotional Partnership
Winner: DHL UK & Payroll Giving in Action
Highly Commended: Arriva London & Payroll Giving in Action
Best Individual Contribution
Winner: Louise McCabe from ASOS
Highly Commended: Kevin Byrne from Checkatrade
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Elena Joseph from Workplace Giving UK