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Community Engagement

Community projects and charitable funding
As a responsible and ethical employer, with facilities across the UK, Finsbury Foods aims to be a ‘good neighbour’ and build positive relationships within its local communities. Our employees, their families, and our business partners donate time and money generously to support community initiatives and charitable causes, nationally and locally.

Encouraging biodiversity – and learning
Years ago, the Fletchers bakery site in Sheffield boasted an ornate garden at the front. With modern transport needs it is now a car park, this along with modern food safety imperatives means that opportunities to encourage biodiversity at the site have diminished. So members of our HR and Operations team looked for opportunities to promote biodiversity in the local community.

With pupils from a local primary school, we’ve discussed ideas that would benefit them at school – such as outdoor classrooms, bird-watching shelters, and areas to grow flowers and vegetables. We are now planning to install areas for planting which will encourage delicate ecosystems to develop, and provide an area for the children to watch wildlife. We will provide funding for the project over the next few years, with the work to be carried out by volunteers from both Fletchers and the school.

Brushing up employment skills
Nicholas & Harris has established a relationship with Sarum Academy in Salisbury to give pupils an insight in to food manufacturing. We’ve run an enrichment day when pupils made their own bread and hot cross buns, and also offered baking equipment to further enhance pupils’ baking skills. In addition, our Managing Director attended a ‘mock’ interview day to offer pupils the experience of being interviewed by a prospective employer. Memory Lane Cakes is also keen to support local education and careers. Activities include school visits to the site, participation in career fairs, work placements and internships for local schools and universities, and work experience.

Supporting the local community
At Memory Lane Cakes, the Employee Forum meets monthly to discuss work related matters, conditions, events and charity requests. Local charities we have supported include Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice, Velindre / MacMillan Cancer and Alzheimer’s Society, among others, as well as sponsorship for many local sports teams and clubs. This year, ten members of Nicholas & Harris took part in the local 10km ‘Race for Men’ event, raising money which will directly benefit prostate cancer patients at Salisbury District Hospital.


Finsbury Foods also supports GroceryAid, the UK grocery industry charity that help people who work, and have worked, in our industry.

Learning and development
Our success is built on the talented people who work here. You can read in our Careers section about apprenticeships and professional development available at Finsbury Food Group.

Local Hero Awards
The 13th Local Hero Awards were held on the 22 January, 2016 to recognise the life-savers, community champions, fearless youngsters, inspirational teachers, devoted parents and un-sung people who make a real difference in South Wiltshire and West Hampshire.


Nicholas & Harris were very proud to sponsor the Sports Achievement of the Year Award. This award is given in recognition of an extraordinary achievement in the world of sport, and the winner for 2016 was Isabel Bayford.

Despite severe spinal disability Isabel has learned to ride at Wilton Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and through enormous determination has competed in her first Dressage Test. To read more about Isabel’s story and see highlights from the rest of the evening please click here.

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