Socially Responsible Small Businesses Enter 2012 BITC Awards

Small businesses which excel at corporate social responsibility (CSR) have been called on to enter the 2012 Business in the Community (BITC) Awards for Excellence and have their efforts recognised.

The awards are open to firms of any size and comprise ten main award categories, including work experience, climate change and rural communities. There is also a specific category for firms with fewer than 250 employees — the Small Company of the Year award.

Businesses that can prove their CSR programme has had a positive impact will receive a “Big Tick” — the nationally recognised logo which they can use on their websites, marketing materials and letterheads.

“BITC stands for responsible business,”

said a BITC spokesperson.

“Each year we award the coveted Big Tick to organisations of all sizes all over the country for the programmes they run to improve their impact on people and the planet.

BITC is also running a series of free workshops nationwide until the end of January to help businesses measure the positive impact of their CSR activities and prepare for the awards.

Last year’s Small Company of the Year awards was won by Maloney’s Retail Stores, a family-owned business whose shops are a vital part of their local community.

The deadline for entries is 5 March 2012.

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