The Chamber of Commerce project to encourage firms to demonstrate their wider community-based activities has signed up its 100th supporter.
Raising the Bar was launched in Bradford three years ago and will next month celebrate with firms sharing their corporate and social responsibility achievements. The Chamber of Commerce initiative has also unveiled a new website through which it offers free help and advice to firms involved in the scheme.
Bradford-based engineering services company D2e Group is the latest Raising the Bar supporter. The firm, which distributes products including power chains and bearings, is involved in a range of CSR activities, including developing youngsters involved in motor sport, providing free Thai boxing lessons and supplying parts for a disabled youngster who plays wheelchair rugby.
Raising the Bar encourages companies involved in community, environment, economy and education activities.
Rob Lawson from Bradford-based Provident Financial, which has backed Raising the Bar since its inception, said: “This is a unique initiative as it recognises the contribution of all businesses from sole trader to large corporates.”
Stephen Wright, chief executive of Bradford-baaed pneumatics specialist Thorite and West & North Yorkshire Chamber chairman, added: “We’re bringing together individuals, businesses and organisations that can give support or need it. It’s a chance for businesses to show their involvement in their community and demonstrate that they don’t operate in a bubble.”