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  • Corporate and Social Responsibility

    Introduction

    Kimpton Ltd. are a family-owned Wirral based company, and we believe in leading the thinking through our corporate and social responsibility. We also back this up with the way we act. Since the business was formed in 1963, we have striven to be a force for good in supporting our customers, our team and the area in which we live and work.

    We do this through our commitment to supporting our team in their own charitable endeavours as well as giving time, money and support to local charities and local volunteer run organisations.

    We are passionate advocates of work-based training and experience and actively encourage our team to have a positive impact on the community in which we all live. You can download our full Corporate and Social Responsibility Policy here.

    Almost all of our team live and work within Wirral. We have offered work experience to many Wirral school children and undergraduates. We have recruited over 100 apprentices within all areas of the business and many still work with us today, some in very senior positions. We encourage our team to have a positive impact on the community in which they live.

    Our responsibility to our local community

    At Kimpton Energy Solutions we believe that we should support our local charities and community groups. We strive to encourage the next generation in our community to create a positive impact for their future. We encourage their involvement, by providing advice and fundraising opportunities. Here are just a few of the ways in which we help play our part in the local community:

    Some of our recent CSR projects

    As a team, we are involved in many projects in our community and here are some recent examples:

    Birkenhead Girls Junior School – Project Planters

    An unsightly gap in a playground area had left teachers needing to keep children away from the windows. The initial solution was both ugly and unsafe.

    When we saw the appeal for help from the school, it was another we couldn’t resist.

    The solution of purpose-built planters, served the dual purpose of beautifying the space and at the same time, giving the children their own flower garden to nurture. This fits within Key Stage teaching and otherwise could be quite hard to deliver in a city school.

    CSR during lockdown

    When lockdown struck the Kimpton team reacted in the way that has become the norm over our 50 year history. The reaction was universally, how can we help?

    Here are a few of the initiatives from the team.

    1. Visors for the NHS
    Richard Kimpton, our MD, volunteered to join an initiative with Richardsons Healthcare to make visors for the NHS and other front line staff. Along with his family, they made 1,000 of the 128,000 that were donated at no cost, by the 104 families who stepped up. Here’s him hard at work.

    Making Visors for the NHS Kimpton CSR 3 ls

    2. Donation of our PPE Stock
    At Kimpton HQ, we hold quite a lot of stock PPE for our site teams to draw on when they need them. We were lucky enough to hold six boxes of the 3M™ Aura™ Disposable Respirators that were the very ones which the NHS were desperately short of. So, we did what we could and donated all of our stock, again at no cost to the teams at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital who were working so hard to protect and save lives.

    3. Skin care and hand sanitisers
    This was more an individual effort by Phil Higham. He has family who work within the NHS so was so moved by their constant discomfort in the early days of lockdown, he started a collection within the team and used the funds to purchase and donate lip balm, hand sanitisers and moisturiser to front line NHS staff.

    4. Remaining on call for the NHS
    When it became apparent that the whole of the UK was going to have to lock down, we asked for volunteers to remain on call, to serve our NHS and critical care clients. We have aways promised that we will be on call to them 365 days per year – including Christmas, whenever they needed us.

    Five of our team stepped forward. Paul Bowes, Dean Rugen, Mike Jebb, Sam Wilson and Phil Higham. They all remained on duty for the entire lockdown period to cover and heating, ventilation or electrical issues.

    This may seem like less of a sacrifice now the initial COVID storm has blown over a little. At the time, they stepped forward, there was very little known about the virus and it was sweeping across the world, closing entire nations as it passed through.

    It’s a remarkable feat of selflessness and for us, demonstrates that our commitment to the community in which we live and work, runs throughout every layer of the organisation. It’s easy to say you care, but when the chips are down, the brave and committed step forward and show they care. Thank you.

    Incredible Edible, Knowsley

    Just before the lockdown, the Kimpton team volunteered their services to help convert a former garden centre site into a usable base for the brilliant Incredible Edible project in Knowsley.

    Our role was to survey all of the existing pipework and infrastructure, remove what was scrap, repair what could be repaired and install an entirely new irrigation system, using the existing rainwater storage system, into the poly tunnels. Here’s the project underway.

    Kimpton CSR team at Incredible Edibles in Knowsley lead

    Three of our team, Mark, Keith and Christian, worked incredibly hard to complete the project, prior to lockdown taking full effect and we’re now proud to say it’s in full use and growing food for the people of the Knowsley Community. Here’s an image of the finished poly tunnels.

    Incredible edibles Knowsley with work by Kimpton

    You can read the full Incredible Edibles CSR project description here.

    Christmas Tree collection for Nightingale House Hospice

    Two of the Kimpton team gave up their Saturday to collect Christmas trees for Nightingale House Hospice. The initiative raised over £5,500 for the charity and was supported by 16 local businesses. You can read more about that here.

    Scott Bennett and Steve Loughran of Kimpton collecting Christmas trees for Nightingale House Hospice 2020

    Charles Thompson’s Mission, Birkenhead

    The Kimpton team donated food and other goods and delivered them in time for distribution over Christmas.

    The Kimpton Team at Charles Thompsons MissionChristmas Jumper Day

    Just before Christmas we held a Christmas jumper day for the team. Money was raised for Save the Children by paying to take part and being fined for either a poor choice of jumper or not taking part!

    The Kimpton Christmas Jumper team in all their gloryMission Christmas – Cash For Kids

    The Kimpton team are on-site at Avril Robarts in Liverpool and with our partners Willmott Dixon, the team collected money and toys for the charity Mission Christmas – Cash For Kids

    Kimpton with Wilmott Dixon donating to Mission Christmas

    Knowsley Food Bank

    We also worked on a collection and donation for Knowsley Food Bank which is part of The Big Help Project. You can see Matt, our BDM from the Kimpton team here with a very full van, being donated.

    Matt Breakwell donation to Knowsley Food Bank

    Genuine Work Placements for students

    We believe that work experience for a student is only as good as the effort you put into yourself as an employer. We therefore offer genuinely worthwhile Work Experiences for students who show a real interest in the world of work. A recent one we completed with Josh Anderson that you can read about here, where it changed his whole thinking on his route to complete his degree.

    Josh Anderson with Mark Farrel At Kimptons on work placement

    Wirral Metro Swimming Club

    Wirral Metro Swimming Club is a performance swimming club based at Europa Pools, Birkenhead. One of our team volunteers for them and Kimpton became sponsors to add to their much needed funds for attending swim meets that are held UK wide.

    Alder Hey Hospital

    Our Managing Director Richard Kimpton trained for over six months, lost huge amounts of weight in order to take part (and win) a white collar boxing event that raised many thousands for the Charity.

    Richard Kimpton Boxing During his bout for Alder Hey Hospital

    Richard Kimpton Boxing During his bout for Alder Hey Hospital

    Anselmians Rugby club

    We have worked with Anselmians for many years and been the lead sponsor in numerous events at every level of the game, from the mini rugby and the women’s team, right through to our involvement with the recently promoted first team that now play in the North One West League.

    Merefield School, Southport

    Two of the Kimpton directors were part of a team that took part in a sponsored run from Leeds to Liverpool over four days – a distance of some 130 miles. As part of the fundraising, the team also contributed £10k towards the complete refurbishment of their playground.

    The Kimpton team running 130 miles over 4 days for merefield School Southport as part of CSR

    The Kimpton team running 130 miles over 4 days for Merefield School Southport

    Golf days

    We have Sponsored teams in both the Princes Trust and Macmillan Cancer Care Golf Days.

    Wirral CP Boxing Club

    Working with our friends at Trustland, we completely refurbished the changing rooms at this boxing club. They began back in 1982 with the motto “We never turn anyone away” which fits in perfectly with our CSR aims. They aim to give youngsters the opportunity to learn the art of amateur boxing in a safe environment. One of our apprentices, Connor Leatt is an active member.

    Connor Leatt of Kimptons at Ellesmere Port Boxing Club

    Connor Leatt in action

    Taekwondo Club Preston

    Working with this great sporting club we reconfigured their existing heating system to suit the buildings new use as a sporting venue. It had previously been used as office space.

    The Taekwondo Club Preston as part of our CSR commitment

    Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

    In a recent project, Lee Williams our storeman/driver organised an U14’s football charity tournament that managed to raise in excess of £600 for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. The charity is doing fantastic work and are in the process of building Liverpool’s first cancer hospital in the centre of the city.

    Lee the Kimpton Stores manager with his certificate after raising money for Clatterbridge

    Lee the Kimpton Stores Superhero with his certificate after raising money for Clatterbridge.

     

    Environmental Commitment

    At Kimpton Energy Solutions we work hard to reduce our environmental impact, both in the way we operate as a head office and on-site in the projects we deliver. Our overall aim is to ensure that all operations are carried out in a way that achieves the highest standard of Environmental care (ISO 14001) and Occupational Health and Safety (ISO 18001). These aren’t just tick box standards but are ways of thinking and working that are championed throughout the business.

    You can read our full environmental policy here.

    Quality

    We believe in delivering quality throughout the business and have maintained the Quality Standard BS5750 since 1989 and were the first to achieve this for any company of our size in the North West.

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