Arco Wins Prestigious Corporate Responsibility Award

Arco Wins Prestigious Corporate Responsibility Award

Hull-based Arco, the UK's leading supplier of safety clothing and equipment, has won The ICAEW Corporate Responsibility Award in the North East regional heat of the 2008 National Business Awards regional programme, sponsored by Orange.

Presented with the accolade on 17 July at a glittering ceremony and gala dinner at the  ACC, Liverpool, the company beat off stiff competition from North East Council on Addictions, Northumbrian Water and Sheffield United. It now advances to the November finals of The National Business Awards.

Established in 1884, Arco has a long history of keeping people safe at work.  As industrial and manufacturing processes change to keep pace with the ever-evolving demands of an increasingly sophisticated consumer, Arco has stayed at the forefront of the Safety supplies business.

The company's approach to embedding corporate social responsibility into its business strategy conributed to it's achievement in winning the ICAEW Corporate Social Responsibility Award last night. Its long standing involvement with a number of key projects including Humberside Lifestyle Project, Children's University and over 200 charities helped to secure the Award, together with its clear encouragement to all employees to become involved in community activities that matter to them. Its strong stance on ethical trading was also noted.

The National Business Awards, sponsored by Orange, recognises and rewards excellence, innovation and success. Uniquely open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector - public or private - the best of British businesses are able to showcase their achievements and benchmark their successes against firms and bodies of all types.

Darren Goldsmith, Head of Business Development Indirect Channels, Orange Business Services, said:

"Congratulations to all the winners of this years National Business Awards for the North East region. It has been a tough year for British business and it is fantastic to see so many shining examples of organisations that have pushed the boundaries in order to succeed. We are proud and delighted to be associated with the cream of British business."

A full list of this year's winners is copied in below and further information on finalists and winners can be found by visiting:

2008 North East Winners of The National Business Awards Regional Programme:

  • The 3i Growth Strategy of the Year Award
    Clyde Process Solutions - Doncaster

  • The Badenoch & Clark Business of the Year Award
    Sheffield Forgemasters International - Sheffield

  • The IMechE Business Innovation of the Year Award
    blanc canvas® - Leeds

  • The City & Guilds Employer of the Year Award
    Sheffield Forgemasters International - Sheffield

  • The ICAEW Corporate Responsibility Award
    Arco - Hull

  • The Credit Suisse Entrepreneur of the Year Award
    Linden Kitson, Lick UK - Elland

  • The CMI Customer Focus Award
    eaga (Government Contracts Division) - Newcastle Upon Thames

  • The Orange Best Use of Technology in Business Award
    blanc canvas® - Leeds

  • The Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award
    Sense Internet - Leeds, West Yorkshire

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