Northern Rock Wins Prestigious National Big Tick Award
Released on: June 14, 2011, 1:18 am
Northern Rock has been heralded among the most responsible
businesses in the UK after receiving Business in the Community's
(BITC) coveted national Big Tick for its work to tackle financial
exclusion in partnership with credit unions.
The Big Tick award is the first level of award available to entrants of the national
BITC Awards for Excellence, which recognises inspirational programmes that are
making a positive impact on the community, the environment or wider society.
Northern Rock's contribution, which involved volunteers skilled in a number of
disciplines, helping to rebrand and relaunch South Tyneside Credit Union as Bridges
Your Community Bank, has also been shortlisted for consideration for the title of
Example of Excellence - the overall winner for the Building Stronger Communities
The final results will be announced at the BITC Awards for Excellence Gala Event,
sponsored by Unilever, which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 July.
Northern Rock's Customer and Commercial Director Andy Tate said: "We are
absolutely delighted to receive this Big Tick in recognition of our important work
in the local community, in this instance for our work with Bridges.
"We are also honoured to have been shortlisted for the overall Example of
Excellence and we are very proud of what has been achieved through the dedication of
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said: "I congratulate
Northern Rock on achieving its Big Tick. It is a challenging time for business, but
this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus and are transforming their
businesses to make a positive impact on people and society; and are prepared to lead
by example. That's what Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence is all
about - celebrating responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen and
the benefits to the business and society of doing so.
"Communities and consumers need to see that businesses are proactive, visible and
engaged on the big issues of the day, as Northern Rock has demonstrated."
Representatives from Northern Rock will be presented with the Big Tick award at a
regional celebration event at the Gateshead Hilton at the end of June.
About Northern Rock:
Northern Rock plc is a new bank, authorised by the FSA as a deposit taker and
mortgage lender from 1 January 2010. It offers savings accounts (including an ISA to customers in the UK
and Ireland and mortgages to UK
borrowers. New products, such as fixed rate bonds, are offered through
both direct channels - including a national branch network - and mortgage
Northern Rock continues to operate within the compensatory measures agreed with the
EC as part of the State Aid approval announced in October 2009.
About Business in the Community:
Business in the Community's Awards for Excellence identify and celebrate companies
having a positive impact on the community, environment, marketplace and workplace.
The Big Tick winners demonstrate significant impact and high quality management of
their responsible business practices and can show a positive impact both on society
and on the business. Now in their 14th year, they are the UK’s leading awards for
responsible business practice. BITC received over 370 entries for the national
Awards for Excellence.
Business in the Community stands for responsible business - it is a business-led
charity with a growing membership of 850 companies, from large multinational
household names to small local businesses and public sector organisations.
Business in the Community advises, supports and challenges its members to create a
sustainable future for society and to improve business performance.
Its members work with it to define what responsibility looks like in the workplace,
marketplace, community and the environment - and the charity shares what it learns
about driving performance through responsible business practice.
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Newcastle upon Tyne
0191 279 4676
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