Our CSR Story

Throughout the Billington Group we organise and support a range of charity initiatives and employees across all our companies regularly take part in fundraising activities including Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer Research, Jeans for Genes Day and Red Nose Day. We are committed to supporting charities operating within our local communities and have a charity committee comprising representatives from each subsidiary company and our shareholders. Take a look below at just some of our fundraising activities around the group.

Growing Our Community

‘Making a positive impact and gaining trust in our communities’

As a Group we seek to be an integral, valued and trusted part of every community we operate in. We continue to be committed to making a positive impact within our communities and building trust.

Feeding Young Minds

‘Attract, develop and maintain a highly motivated and diverse workforce.’

The success of The Billington Group depends on our people and every individual employee has an important part to play in achieving results in our businesses.

As a family company our values are very important to us and we strive for these values to be further developed within each of our businesses. We want our employees to work in safe environments, show respect for each other, work together and take personal pride in their work.

Sustaining Our Environment

Passionate about delivering a sustainable environment.’

Managing our use of natural resources is a commercial and environment imperative. We have large manufacturing sites and a sizeable fleet of on road vehicles in the UK so we know how important it is for us to manage our environmental impacts by focusing on energy use, water, waste and engaging with customers and suppliers.

Our Community

We love collaborating with our community.
Mental Health First Aid at TSC

We communicate with each other more than ever before, yet we can still find it hard to talk about certain issues like depression, stress, anxiety and other mental health related issues. Most of us experience challenging times in our lives, and each person deals with things differently.

At TSC Foods we are raising the importance of dealing with mental health issues and removing the stigma attached to it. A number of TSC colleagues have completed a Mental Health First Aid Course with MHFA, and those trained can:

  • Understand the important factors affecting mental ill health
  • Identify the signs and symptoms for a range of mental health conditions
  • Use practical tools to provide Mental Health First Aid to someone experiencing a mental health issue or crisis
  • Listen non-judgementally and hold supportive conversations using the Mental Health First Aid action plan
  • Signpost people to professional help, recognising that the role of a Mental Health First Aider does not replace the need for ongoing support

The feedback from those that attended the course was really positive and some even quoted it as the best course they had ever attended.

The last of the training takes place in July, and once complete TSC will have 10 trained Mental Health First Aiders. Well done to all involved.

LEAN Apprenticeship at BFS Kitchen

16 cross functional delegates at the Kitchen in Newport have embarked upon a Business Improve Techniques or LEAN Apprenticeship. The fully-funded Level 2 VRQ program has a number of classroom sessions for the theoretical aspects of Lean manufacturing including understanding the 7 wastes (Transport, Inventory, Movement, Waiting, Over- process, Over-production, defects).

The theory is now complete and the team, along with their tutor, will get kitted up and identify projects around the factory to embed and test their learning.

The Sauce Team and Meals Team have already started looking at the 5 s’s (Sort, Sweep, Shine, System, Sustain) by removing redundant items from the factory.

We look forward to seeing their progress and the benefits it brings to the business.

Volunteer Day for LEAP team

Well done to Gerraint, Khia and Pete from the LEAP employee development programme. They spent a day volunteering with Fareshare, a charity dedicated to reducing waste. English Provender Company are working hard with charities such as Fareshare and other ‘zero to landfill’ initiatives to improve the management of food waste. The teams volunteer day included meeting people who have benefited from the donations and learning more about the positive impact on the community. So far EPC has donated 8,600kg of surplus product to Fareshare, enough to make 19,780 meals!

TSC go the extra mile!

The team at TSC showed off their athletic skills on 1st February , taking part in a charity Cyclathon to raise money for Buttle UK! They smashed their target of 126 miles, cycling 175 miles between 9-5pm. Well done to everyone involved- the team raised £152.20 to add to their fundraising total.

More Fundraising at Chester

Congratulations to the team at EPC Chester who have added another £842 to their fundraising total for Buttle UK through a 6 nations Raffle and Onesie day! The team continue to come up with imaginative ways to raise as much money as possible for our partner charity.

Christmas Jumper Day

There was no shortage of festive sprit across The Billington Group on 14th December, as all of our sites took part in Christmas Jumper Day, raising funds for Buttle UK. Well done to everyone involved and a special congratulations to TSC in Scunthorpe who won best site photo, as judged by Buttle themselves!

EPC Saucy Soak

Congratulations to EPC Chester for raising £311 during their Saucy Soak challenge! Well done to everyone who took part for being such good sports. EPC have had a fantastic start in fundraising for our partner charity Buttle UK- keep up the hard work guys!

England Counties Road Run

Congratulations are in order for John Saunders, Bulk Driver from CBAL Carlisle, who successfully completed his tractor road run through all English Counties in a Massey Ferguson 135. John worked incredibly hard restoring his tractor and planning his route to enable him to complete the challenge in just two weeks. John’s goal of £5,000 was topped with an amazing £5,300 being raised for Cancer Research UK.

Well done John!

Carrs Billington Supports FCN!

Carrs Billington Employees have joined forces with a host of other local businesses to raise money for The Farming Community Network in the GAFT charity bike ride. The bike ride is a relay starting at Westminster and finishing at NFU headquarters at Stoneleigh Park. Each leg is approximately 100 miles with a number of different riders in each leg. Our employees from Lancaster and Stone are joining in to raise as much money as possible for the FCN- a charity dedicated to supporting farmers and their families. We look forward to updating you on how much money has been raised!

Introducing The Billington Foundation

There are some exciting changes coming for The Billington Group and our fundraising activities…

From September 2018 the Group will be setting up The Billington Foundation, a trust set up by the business that will align with one charity in a partnership that we hope will maximise fundraising efforts and make our money go further.

Previously as a group each subsidiary has chosen a charity annually that they raise money for through various activities such as bake sales, raffles, charity races and much more. We want to carry on this great work across the business and continue to encourage a passion for fundraising. We believe that by changing our focus to one charity we will be able to make a bigger impact to their cause and see exactly where any funds raised are being spent.

Our Partner Charity

The charity we have chosen is Buttle UK- a small/medium sized charity dedicated to helping children and young people who are in crisis reach their potential by providing targeted and effective interventions. In 2017/18 Buttle provided over 12,500 grants to individuals worth £4.6million. This money prevents those in need falling further into crisis and helps them transform their lives by providing essential items others may take for granted such as beds, washing machines, equipment for school/college and much more.

The nature of the charities work means that any funds raised on sites throughout the Group can be targeted to the specific area the money has been raised. There are as many as 400,000 children in the UK without a bed to sleep in and the money we can raise for Buttle as a Group can make a huge difference to statistics such as these.

We have appointed a dedicated and enthusiastic charity champion from each subsidiary along with a shareholder champion to motivate others to raise as much money as possible for their respective areas.

We look forward to updating you on how our fundraising is going!

Scunthorpe Race For Life

34 ladies from TSC joined forces to raise money for cancer research by doing the Scunthorpe Race For Life on 6th June 2018. They did incredibly well raising an amazing £3,187. Well done to all involved and thank you to everyone that donated.

Fundraising at TSC

TSC Foods continue to get involved in fundraising activities- with their latest event being an Easter cake & raffle raising a fantastic £146.78 for The Forge Project.

The Forge Project is local to TSC and are passionate about reducing the impact of poverty and homelessness in Scunthorpe and the surrounding areas. The Forge Day Centre offers warm nutritious meals four days a week and a befriending service to those in need along with much more.

Well done to all at TSC for continuing to support such a great cause.

Dunkleys 'Wear a hat day!'

It was a very Happy Easter for the team at Dunkleys who took part in their own ‘Wear a hat day’ in order to raise money for Brain Tumour Awareness. Hat examples included everything from riding hats to sombreros! They even got a visit from the Easter Bunny to keep a smile on everyone’s face. Well done to everyone involved.

The Billington Group does Christmas Jumper Day!

There were festivities across the group on 15th December for Christmas Jumper Day, with each site raising money for a charity close to their heart. Activities included mince pie baking competitions, Raffles, tea & toast & much more! A big thank you to all sites for continuing to get involved in fundraising and for bringing their Christmas cheer to the Group!

Rosemary Appeal

David Ball from the Rosemary Appeal visited EPC on Thursday 3rd August and was delighted with the presentation of a cheque to the value of £5,000.00. The donation from the Edward Billington & Son charity committee will help David and his team in their endeavours to raise £4.5m for a new centre at West Berkshire Community Hospital, providing essential facilities to the local community, including day therapy, chemotherapy, renal dialysis, IV therapies and a CT Scanner.

The Great North Run

Congratulations to Matthew Buckle & Mark Tindall at TSC who both ran The Great North Run on Sunday 10th
September 2017. The Great North Run half marathon takes place every September between Newcastle and
South Shields spanning 13.1 miles. Between them Matthew & Mark have raised over £900 so well done to both for this achievement!

Dragon Boathouse Claire House

Team Billington, comprising members of Edward Billington and Son Ltd, Billington Biofuels, and Criddle and Co competed on 20th October in a Dragon Boat Race in Liverpool to raise funds for Claire House – all dressed in eyecatching Where’s Wally outfits!

To date, around £600 for Claire House has been raised online and offline – thank you to those who have already supported us.

We won… the prize for the best fancy dress in our Where’s Wally outfits – thanks to Colleen for this idea – and also came a very credible second in our final heats.

5 a side football Prince's Trust

Team Billington, comprising members of Edward Billington and Son Ltd, Billington Biofuels, and Criddle and Co competed on 20th October in a Dragon Boat Race in Liverpool to raise funds for Claire House – all dressed in eyecatching Where’s Wally outfits!

To date, around £600 for Claire House has been raised online and offline – thank you to those who have already supported us.

We won… the prize for the best fancy dress in our Where’s Wally outfits – thanks to Colleen for this idea – and also came a very credible second in our final heats.

Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge for Naomi House

Team Billington, comprising members of Edward Billington and Son Ltd, Billington Biofuels, and Criddle and Co competed on 20th October in a Dragon Boat Race in Liverpool to raise funds for Claire House – all dressed in eyecatching Where’s Wally outfits!

To date, around £600 for Claire House has been raised online and offline – thank you to those who have already supported us.

We won… the prize for the best fancy dress in our Where’s Wally outfits – thanks to Colleen for this idea – and also came a very credible second in our final heats.

Pancake Day Winners

Team Billington, comprising members of Edward Billington and Son Ltd, Billington Biofuels, and Criddle and Co competed on 20th October in a Dragon Boat Race in Liverpool to raise funds for Claire House – all dressed in eyecatching Where’s Wally outfits!

To date, around £600 for Claire House has been raised online and offline – thank you to those who have already supported us.

We won… the prize for the best fancy dress in our Where’s Wally outfits – thanks to Colleen for this idea – and also came a very credible second in our final heats.

EBS Young Shareholders Charity Donations

Team Billington, comprising members of Edward Billington and Son Ltd, Billington Biofuels, and Criddle and Co competed on 20th October in a Dragon Boat Race in Liverpool to raise funds for Claire House – all dressed in eyecatching Where’s Wally outfits!

To date, around £600 for Claire House has been raised online and offline – thank you to those who have already supported us.

We won… the prize for the best fancy dress in our Where’s Wally outfits – thanks to Colleen for this idea – and also came a very credible second in our final heats.

Charity Donation to Positive Developmental Change

Team Billington, comprising members of Edward Billington and Son Ltd, Billington Biofuels, and Criddle and Co competed on 20th October in a Dragon Boat Race in Liverpool to raise funds for Claire House – all dressed in eyecatching Where’s Wally outfits!

To date, around £600 for Claire House has been raised online and offline – thank you to those who have already supported us.

We won… the prize for the best fancy dress in our Where’s Wally outfits – thanks to Colleen for this idea – and also came a very credible second in our final heats.

London Marathon

Simon Gamble, Innovations Director at TSC took part in this year’s London marathon, raising £1,000 in support of Action for Children- TSC’s charity of the year. Simon did a fantastic job, completing the race in 5 hours!

Breakfast is Served!

May saw TSC continuing to do their bit for charity by sponsoring a local school through the Gregg’s foundation. As part of the sponsorship, the school gets free bread (supplied by Gregg’s) and the money provided by TSC goes towards providing a free breakfast to challenged schools.

To kick off the sponsorship Mark Traynor and Debbie Bower from the TSC team served a delicious breakfast to over 60 children – some healthy wraps, TSC’s new Gregg’s porridge and some breakfast beans. It was well appreciated by both the children and the staff and there will be further opportunities going forward for the team to support the local school.

Dunkleys Moonwalk for Breast Cancer Awareness

Whilst most of us were fast asleep Jan, Hannah & Claire from Dunkleys took part in the Moonwalk (a 26.2-mile route through London taking place throughout the night!) in May raising money and awareness for breast cancer. Huge well done ladies!

Barfoods completes Three Peaks Challenge for Latch

A team of 15 Bar Foods employees completed the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge.  They conquered Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y fan in under 16 hours, and covered a total distance of 17 miles and an ascent of over 2,860m. The team raised over £3,500 for LATCH, the children’s cancer charity. Well done on this fantastic achievement to everyone that took part and donated!

Carrs Billington supports the Donna Louise Children's Hospice

The Carrs Billington team are chuffed to present a cheque of £1,056 to Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

 

The Hive Opens its Doors!

As founder patrons of Wirral’s £6m Youth Zone facility ‘The Hive’ we are thrilled to report that over 3,000 young people have already signed up as members- in fact The Hive hit its target for the year just three weeks after opening on 8th April.

The Hive offers up to 20 activities per night; from a 4G football pitch, four court sports hall, iconic climbing wall, fully fitted gym, skate park, music room, media room, arts and crafts areas, dance studio and even a boxing gym and recording studio.

We look forward to continuing to report on the success of The Hive and the difference it’s making to the lives of young people.

EPC kick starts fundraising for The Rosemary Appeal

EPC kick start their fundraising for The Rosemary appeal with what else….
a bake sale and cheque presentation. Delicious!