In the Community
SUPPORTING CHARITIES in the Community
Gilead Foundations is a Charity offering residential rehabilitation and support to individuals suffering from life limiting addictions, such as drug and alcohol dependency.
Gilead believe their success is partly due to their working relationship with the farm which gives the students the opportunity to live and work while gaining valuable life and employment skills which prepares them for independent living, free from addiction relapse.
Gilead rely heavily on donations and gifts in kind as their funds are limited.
The Workplace Depot have donated two of our Pneumatic Tyred Folding Toe Trucks to help them move gas bottles and donations of food around the farmland.
We actively support charities who are making a difference to communities!
MacMillan Cancer Support
Every year, in Nottinghamshire, an estimated 5,967 people are given the news they have cancer.
We already show support to many charities at The Workplace Depot so it's only right we support another worthy local cause!
The money we raised from our Coffee Morning will help to support vital local services in Nottinghamshire.
Prince’s Trust Patron
What does being a Prince’s Trust Patron really mean to The Workplace Depot…
It can be an incredibly difficult world for the youth of today growing up without adding in any additional obstacles. The Prince’s Trust charity supports young person’s who have experienced difficult times. To be a Prince’s Trust Patron aids us to actively endorse this worthy cause and wholly support the actions of this trust, which are dramatically changing disadvantaged young people's lives around the UK.
As a company we donate £25,000 to the trust every year. Our donation is helping to save another generation of young lives and give a vulnerable young person a second chance.
Cancer Research UK Donation
In the month of June a donation station was set up in our office by our Finance Manager, Steve.
Donations to local shops have declined and risk closing down due to lack of stock available to sell. A nationwide campaign was raised by Cancer Research in the hope of getting companies involved. Steve saw this the perfect opportunity to help and make a difference, having experienced cancer himself.
We are delighted to know that the generous donations of The Workplace Depot employees has helped go towards Cancer Research UK's total fund. We will continue to raise awareness and contribute further donations towards this worthy cause.
The Workplace Depot was delighted to be able to help The Trussel Trust with a donation towards their work. The Trussell Trust partners with communities to operate foodbanks - they currently have almost 400 and there goal is for every town to have one. The Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK and in 2012-13 they fed 346,992 people nationwide. Find out more about there work here.
The Workplace Depot are very pleased to have connected with Groundwork and made a donation to support their growing contribution to the communities within Nottingham, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe. Groundwork Greater Nottingham is a multi-disciplinary organisation dedicated to supporting young people in their transition between childhood and adulthood through increasing access to service and opportunities and raising aspirations. With this in mind, we donated products for the charity in the form of sweeping brooms, dust masks, grit salt and more so they were supplied with useful and beneficial products for their organisation.
Rainbows is the only children and young people’s hospice in the East Midlands, therefore making a donation to fund a charity that helps to support life-limited children and their families was extremely rewarding. We donated a number of first aid kits to Rainbow’s that we were assured were a great benefit to their foundation.
AGE CONCERN CARLTON & DISTRICT – AGE UK
Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. We were very happy to link up with this charity and donate some useful products to their establishment. Products we donated included: VIP post and rope kit, sweeping brooms, first aid kits and cleaning equipment, mainly to help with daily tasks that need to be carried out.
It was a great experience to make a connection with the Nottinghamshire Hospice. We were able to learn more about the organisation and how they help to make people comfortable who are in their last few months of their lives through being shown around the hospice. Without donations and volunteers, of which the charity has 300, we were informed that they would not be able to carry on supporting their foundation, therefore it was fantastic for us to be able to help.
Food Cycle runs volunteer-powered community projects across the UK – working to reduce food poverty by serving nutritious meals to vulnerable groups. Since 2009, 99,000 meals by 1,200 volunteers have been served. We were extremely glad to have supplied the charity with first aid kits, tea towels, containers and more for use in their head office and community café.
NO MORE PAGE 3
The Workplace Depot were extremely excited about campaigning for ‘No More Page 3’ within The Sun newspaper. For the promotion we published the advertisement within page 3 of our very own industrial catalogue. The campaign is aiming to prevent page 3 from being printed within the newspaper in an attempt to stop sexist stereotypes.
The Mercury Theatre Colchester is the most active producing theatre in the East of England. We are thrilled to have been able to lend a helping hand to this establishment through donating safety steps that will be used in their production of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’. To read more about the Mercury Theatre, click here.
SPORT in the Community
2015 Bingham league Winners
In the Summer of 2015, 5 of our employees from various areas of the business joined together to play in a local football tournament. As the team was set up by work colleagues, the kit worn by all players represented The Workplace Depot colours of black and red.
Having only played the one season, The incredible Workplace Depot team smashed the other teams out of the ballpark and won the overall trophy. The tournament was won by a whopping 8 points with 15 games played in total.
As a company we wholly support the local community and actively encourage employees to form relationships outside of work. In the instances where games started earlier, we made allowances for the employees to leave slightly early.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
We heard that the Nottingham Forest Ladies Football Club were in financial difficulties and needed funds urgently. The Forest ladies had finished second in the Premier League (Northern Divison) but had struggled to attract a sponsor. To provide the club with some short-term support, the Workplace Depot made a donation of £1,000.
Since the 1960s the club has seen thousands of members as players and volunteers pass through and had a really positive impact on the local community. We would like to wish them every success for the season both on and off the pitch!
SOUTH NOTTINGHAM HOCKEY CLUB
We are sponsoring the South Nottingham Hockey Club's Mens 2nd team. They are a local team that have been around since 1907 and we are incredibly proud to be sponsoring them. We wanted to support a local sports team and we believe that the South Nottingham Hockey Club was a fantastic choice. As a sponsor, we have paid for a new set of team shirts (both home and away), with our logo printed on the front. We wish them all the best for the season ahead.
PIGEONS FOOTBALL CLUB
The Pigeons football club, founded in 2011 by a group of Nottingham graduates, is one of London’s most successful Sunday League teams. Named after a London Institution, the humble Pigeon, they bring together friends from across London and the UK. In their short history they have reached the Central London Cup final twice, and have been promoted into the Central London Premier League, which they currently sit top of. Their success stems from one of the most solid and flexible defenses in London, expertly marshaled by star player, Tom Reynolds.
Team note - The sponsorship of The Workplace Depot has been a huge help, and has funded a move onto a 3G, 11 a side pitch, meaning their games no longer get called off every week due to the vagaries of London weather. The team all wish to thank Steve Miller and the Workplace Depot for their continued support of the club.
CEREBRAL PALSY SPORT
The Workplace Depot were delighted to connect with CP Sport – the country’s leading national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential. The stock we donated was extremely appreciated by the team and we were more than happy to help a cause that is dedicated to helping so many people. To read more about this charity, click here.
APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING in the Community
Ryan has been a great addition to our office during his 8 week placement. We were lucky enough to coincide our Summer staff night out with Ryan's last day at the company.
Ryan is at the University of Nottingham going into his final year studying for an MSci in Physics, with Theoretical Physics. We hope his time at The Workplace Depot has given him an insight into an office environment and wish Ryan the best of luck in his final year.
Ryan - "I've had a lovely time as my colleagues were all very friendly and I found the work fulfilling. I feel my main impact has been educating the company on a few spreadsheet functions that should hopefully reduce the need for tedious data entry in the future".
Robin is currently studying Accounting and Finance at the University of Nottingham.
Following on from our great experience with Freya at the beginning of the year, we found it only right to offer out this placement opportunity to another of Nottingham University’s students.
Robin has a wealth of experience in his young age, having worked as an intern at The Hong Kong government’s Inland Revenue department.
We hope to provide rewarding and valuable experience to our placement students in a family run business who like to give back to their employees.
Freya instantly became a much likeable and sociable part of the office when she joined our catalogue department in March of this year. As the role of Data Analyst on a 12 week placement, Freya impressively produced detailed analytics which highly benefitted our business.
Through gathering and analysing data by product category, she was able to highlight strong areas of improvement for our direct and indirect sales.
With around 20,000 products on our website, this instantly gave a deeper insight into areas we could improve and concentrate on.
Nottingham University continue to provide the best graduates in the Midlands and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the institution for many years to come.
After seeing the apprenticeship advertised on apprenticeships.org.uk, Jess applied for the position and was short-listed to become part of the web team. She was accepted to join the company as a full time apprentice content writer for the website.
Within the year of her apprenticeship, she studied a Business and Admin NVQ at Babington Business College and has developed and learned some key skills and experiences. Jess is now a full time employee at The Workplace Depot as our Web Journalist.
NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY
Nottingham Trent University approached us in 2013 about taking part in a project with a group of third year Business School MSc students. The students would act as free consultants and link their strategic knowledge and understanding with the 'managerial and organisational reality' of working in a 'live' business. The student's project explored ways of recommending cost-effective communications solutions that would help drive B2B sales. As well as providing great experience for the students, The Workplace Depot also benefitted from a whole range of interesting marketing and communications ideas and were given a professional and well-structured presentation at our Bingham HQ.
EDUCATION in the Community
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM - THE MILLER SCHOLARSHIP
A scholarship can transform a student's life - easing their financial pressures and giving them the chance to enjoy university without worrying about the impact on their family. Securing a place at a top university like Nottingham is a huge achievement, but for a number of students from low-income backgrounds, it marks the beginning of an anxious wait to discover if they can afford it.
The Workplace Depot are supporting 5 separate scholarship opportunities in partnership with the University of Nottingham. These scholarships will run for the next 4 years and we will be actively involved in the selection process and on-going support of each student awarded this opportunity.
Direct quote from The University of Nottingham - "We are incredibly grateful for the support of The Workplace Depot in establishing The Miller Scholarship to provide five scholarships with a value of £5,000 each to support students applying from the Nottinghamshire area for the duration of their Undergraduate study."
FIRBECK ACADEMY, NOTTINGHAM
Firbeck Academy is a primary and nursery school with an Individual Needs Centre for deaf children. As part of the NUSA (Nottingham University Samworth Academy) Trust, they offer individual programmes and a great listening environment for those who need the support as well as high teaching standards. The Workplace Depot have donated equipment such as lockers, trucks and trolleys and filing cabinets to Firbeck Academy to help develop and update the facilities within the academy.
NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY SAMWORTH ACADEMY, NOTTINGHAM
The Nottingham University Samworth Academy is a secondary school that aims to give the pupils the best start in life. The academy is committed to helping those with Special Educational Needs in particular, deaf children and those with hearing difficulties. As a company, we are donating the best equipment to the academy and building a strong relationship with them for the now and the future.
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM, ALUMNI BLOG
Steve Miller, Managing Director of The Workplace Depot, is a Graduate in Management Studies from Nottingham University. As well as continuing to be involved with the University's Alumni Life he is also a regular contributor to the UoN Blog drawing on his business experience and expertise. Subjects he has tackled include starting a business with Wordpress, workplace marketing and Health & Safety topics.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY in the Community
GREEN HEROES 2013
In 2012 The Workplace Depot won a Green Apple Silver Award for Environmental best practice, which was presented at a ceremony at the House of Commons. The award recognised the efforts that the company had made in reducing energy consumption within the office by using more efficient equipment and switching to a green supplier. The company also made substantial reductions in the quantity of paper used as well as generally recycling most products and packaging materials used in the Warehouse. In 2013 The Workplace Depot won a Nottinghamshire Big Wheel Workplace Challenge for reducing our carbon transport footprint by encouraging staff to walk, cycle and take public transport to work.
PROMOTING BUSINESS in the Community
BINGHAM BUSINESS CLUB
The Bingham Business Club is a network to support local businesses in and around Bingham. We are members of this business club as it offers us a chance to talk and meet with other businesses in the area. Since attending the business club, we have met and spoken to some great businessmen and business women and we want to continue building up our network.