The News Business Excellence Awards: Community Contribution

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IT is more than just a company that maintains Hampshire roads – it looks out for local people, too.

And it was for that reason Amey was presented with the community contribution prize at The News Business Excellence Awards.

CARING Amey Highways Maintenance, the winner of the Community Contribution award.Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150405-11)

CARING Amey Highways Maintenance, the winner of the Community Contribution award.Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150405-11)

Staff take part in community days helping those who are less fortunate and raising money for charity.

The company works with prison offenders and spends time making a difference at places such as Naomi House Children’s Hospice.

The firm also looks our for its own staff, too – eight employees a week get the opportunity to attend classes to boost their maths and English skills.

David Fawcett, customer services manager for Amey, which has a roads contract with Hampshire County Council, said: ‘We believe that when you are a large company, you should give something back to the communities you work with. Most companies do community days each year so staff can make a difference, and 200 of our staff took part in that last year.

‘We want everyone to get involved and that is just one part of what we do.’

Speaking of the company’s success, Mr Fawcett said: ‘We were absolutely delighted because it’s the culmination of all the hard work our staff put in. This award makes us all the more determined to do more in 2015.

‘We have already committed to doing a 25 mile bike ride for the Rainbow Centre for its 25th anniversary.

‘We will also be doing more community days out, we just want to do as much as we can.

‘We are not taking our foot off the accelerator, we want to do more than ever.’

The judges said Amey shows a ‘clear direction’ in how it contributes to the community, encouraging all employees to get involved.