A tradition of helping charities
WHEN it comes to corporate social responsibility and community involvement, many firms can tick a box.
However, the firms that stand head and shoulders above the "box-tickers" are those that not only support the community but become a key part of it.
The Meredith Group was established in 1949 and is now a leading name within the office and business products industry.
Founded as a sales, service and repair company for office machines, today the Meredith Group consists of several independent companies, each of which offers complementary services and products, ranging from the manufacture of office furniture to the supply of janitorial and hygiene products.
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Equal to its commitment to the office service and supply industry is Meredith's long tradition of supporting charities, groups, organisations, and individuals – a tradition which runs through the company, from the managing director to the heart of its employee base.
While the company regularly donates time, expertise and goods, it goes a lot further by actually getting involved and becoming "part" of several of the organisations it helps.
One of its most prominent community activities has been the group's involvement with the Minerva community interest company.
It was established in 2010 to reduce the high rate of reoffending from offenders released from HMP Hull.
Alongside its statutory partners, managing director Don Meredith and his team provided the Meredith Group's resources to the project team and by last year, Minerva had established a considerable presence within Hull, with everyone at Meredith working to ensure the project's success.
This success was recently recognized when the Minerva Project took the Partnership trophy at the LGC Awards ceremony, acknowledging both its extraordinary impact to and on behalf of the community, as well as the input from each of the partners.
Now operating 12 divisions which provide training, education and employment opportunities, the project has this year expanded into the East Riding with the establishment of a base in Bridlington.
Meredith's third-sector experience and contacts has already seen the project take over a gardening services operation which would otherwise have closed down.
This has safeguarded employment for disabled adults and created further job opportunities within the community.