COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Our vision is to use our people and our influence to strengthen our local community. We believe we can be a positive force in South Worcestershire by playing an active part in local networks and making real contributions to third sector organisations. How do we do it?
Spirit Ventures is based in Pershore, Worcestershire, and maintains strong links with local organisations and charities to maximise our local impact. We are a key local employer, with many of our ventures paying the Living Wage. The Angel Inn Hotel, our premier local venue, is at the heart of town events, not least the famous Pershore Plum Festival. We have links with local Rotary Clubs, the Riverside Youth Centre, Pershore Volunteer Centre, and others. Our staff are encouraged to take part in volunteer and charity work, and members of our team regularly take part in peer mentoring, volunteer for St John Ambulance, and the special constabulary. 2015 saw 8 of our boys complete the Three Peaks Challenge, raising more than £1000 for the Pershore Volunteer Centre. This year, a number of our team will celebrate the 20th anniversary of our group by walking from Ledbury to Pershore, raising much needed money for local causes.
We see one of our greatest contributions to these local organisations to be our expertise at operating growing businesses. We regularly work with organisations such as Salter’s Hill, a learning disability charity, and the Pershore Riverside Youth Centre on revenue generation, reducing costs and waste, approaches to leadership, as well as on schemes that benefit the wider community.
The Eden Foundation is also focussed on improving our local community. Our vision is ‘Backing budding entrepreneurs, bringing their dreams to life’, which we believe is crucial to creating a more dynamic local economy. Our Network of Partners will also help bring local businesses and other organisations together to cooperate for the benefit of everyone in our community.
Spirit Ventures takes a common sense approach to the environment. We re-use and recycle paper, and have recently completed our long-term project to make our operations as ‘paperless’ as possible. The Angel Inn sources as much stock locally as possible to reduce food miles. We use vehicles designed to minimise their environmental impact. We have also initiated a long-term project to reduce our energy consumption, beginning with installing LED lighting throughout our buildings, and fitting new solar panels to provide clean energy for our head office.
We are forging positive relationships with a number of bodies in our local community. We are actively engaging with our local Rotary Club to raise money for good causes, and with our local councils to contribute to the community’s first Town Plan.