Orchard Facilities Management is expanding rapidly and its success is not just creating new jobs and opportunities locally. Thanks to its commitment to giving a minimum of 12% of its profits to good causes every year, the growth of the business is good news for the community too.
Strong partnerships have always been a cornerstone of the business, promoting lasting client relationships and productive links with charities and community organisations.
“We actively seek to partner with organisations where we can make an immediate difference and where we know as much money as possible will go directly to providing front line services rather than being caught up in bureaucracy,” explains Gareth.
“We work with charities on a relational basis, getting to know those involved at all levels of the organisation so that we can offer support in the most practical and useful way possible,” he explained.
“This philosophy of care extends to our own organisation and we are committed to creating a supportive and respectful working environment in which our people can achieve their full potential and feel inspired to contribute positively to the success of our clients’ businesses.”
Orchard Facilities Management supports a wide range of charities regionally and nationally. The company has enjoyed long term corporate partnerships with many community organisations and charities including Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Overgate Hospice, Town Foundation’s Early Kick Off Breakfast Clubs, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, regional food banks and many more.
“Our involvement goes far beyond simply donating money and we choose to partner with organisations where we feel we can make a real and tangible difference,” says Gareth.
One example of Orchard’s unique style of corporate social responsibility was seen following the devastating floods throughout Calderdale at the end of 2015 and into 2016.
“Our charitable arm stepped up to support families and communities through this terrible time by helping financially to rehome, rebuild and get their lives back on track,” recalls Gareth.
Orchard’s response to this local crisis was honoured with a unique special recognition award from the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and the Calderdale Community Foundation.
Orchard is a “champion” member of the Town Foundation in recognition of its sustained financial support for the charity’s Early Kick Off breakfast clubs.
Gareth actively encourages other businesses to get involved in the project and believes Early Kick Off provides local firms with a great opportunity to fulfil their CSR objectives and make a real difference to children in the community.
“I have been lucky enough to see the breakfast clubs in action and the hard work that is being done to give children the opportunity to start the day with a healthy meal in a fun and sociable environment,” he says.
“The cost of feeding each child is small but the impact it can have on their health, education and wellbeing is enormous.”
Orchard is a long-term supporter of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and a founder member of the charity’s 99ers Business Club.
“Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is one of a number of fantastic charities in our region that we are delighted to support and to have been involved with from the early days, even before the bricks and mortar hospice was built,” says Gareth.
“Seeing the hospice grow and flourish has been incredibly rewarding and we’re proud to be a part of that success story.”
In 2013 Gareth and Rachel established the charity Henderson Firstfruits to help those who are in crisis or disadvantaged due to poverty, ill health, age, financial hardship, or disability. The charity invites applications for grants, gifts and support in kind from charities, organisations and individuals in need, the charity can be found at www.first-fruits.org.uk.
So far the charity has helped a wide variety of causes both regionally and nationally, predominantly but not exclusively pre-dominantly, but not exclusively, demonstrating a Christian ethos. These have included homeless charity Simon on the Streets, Hope for Justice which works to end human trafficking and slavery and Christians Against Poverty which runs a debt support service to release people from debt and poverty. Other causes that have benefited from Henderson Firstfruits include Mercy Ministries in Bradford, educational charity The Lighthouse Group. Angel Tree Project and New Hall Prison Ministries.
Gareth says: “For us CSR isn’t just about ticking a box - everything we do to support charities and community groups through Henderson Firstfruits and Orchard Facilities Management is aimed at making a lasting and positive impact on the organisations we team up with.
“CSR is a motivator for business success and our business plan clearly states that by achieving our growth objectives we will be able to increase our charitable giving as a consequence.”