Caring Acorn Stairlifts in running for national award

Steeton-based Acorn Stairlifts has reached the final 25 companies in the running for the 2016 National Responsible Business Champion Award.

It has already been recognised as “Keighley Responsible Business Champion 2016” after being nominated by local MP Kris Hopkins, who praised Acorn’s active partnerships with local and national charities and work to support vulnerable people.

Now Acorn Stairlifts has been included in the Government-backed award scheme’s top 25 companies nationally, along with the likes of Marks and Spencer, Zurich Insurance, Standard Life and Manchester Airport.

Organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG), the Responsible Business Champion scheme encourages MPs to look at the activities of companies in their constituencies and at how they are acting responsibly. MPs can nominate any company in their area which they feel should be considered for the award.

Presenting a certificate at Acorn Stairlifts head offices on Steeton’s Millennium Business Park, Kris Hopkins MP said: “The title of Keighley Responsible Business Champion 2016 recognises the work that Acorn Stairlifts undertakes in supporting the local community and national charities, making a real difference to vulnerable people’s lives.

“There have been a large number of entries this year and it is a real achievement to have been selected as one of the top 25 companies in what is a very strong field.”

Locally Acorn Stairlifts has a longstanding partnership with the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, at nearby Oxenhope.  Acorn staff have raised funds for Manorlands through a wide variety of activities, raising almost £18,000 last year and hoping to top £20,000 this year. The company has also donated around 25 stairlifts to Manorlands patients, enabling them to be cared for in their own homes.

Working with the Marie Curie Hospice at Bradford has also led to a new national partnership with Marie Curie, the national charity caring for terminally ill people and their families. Launched this year, the scheme will see Acorn fit up to 60 free stairlifts per year for Marie Curie patients across the UK. Acorn also regularly donates stairlifts in individual cases of exceptional hardship or need, where its speedy installation service can bring instant relief.

Commenting on the Keighley Responsible Business Champion 2016 award, Acorn company secretary Dave Belmont said: “We are honoured to have been recognised through this award. It is a real endorsement of the work that Acorn and our staff do within the Keighley constituency and beyond.

“Despite being a multinational company exporting to more than 80 countries, our roots are still firmly here in the Keighley area.”

Written on 8th June 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News