Shoosmiths has been recognised for its impact in the south east of England as part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards.
The Responsible Business Awards are the UK’s longest-running corporate responsibility awards set up to champion and raise awareness of the best examples from across the UK of business making a positive difference.
The Local Impact Awards specifically celebrate companies and individuals who are creating a local impact in their community, through initiatives such as volunteering and inspiring young people with work placements.
Shoosmiths won the Local Impact award in the south east in recognition of pro-bono, volunteering and fundraising activities undertaken by staff at the firm’s Milton Keynes office, illustrating how it has engaged employees across the business to make volunteering culturally normal. Legal advice is provided on a pro-bono basis to charities and individuals unable to afford to pay legal fees. In addition, colleagues are able to spend a day per year volunteering in the local Milton Keynes community. A longstanding relationship with Milton Keynes Community Foundation has resulted in colleagues raising nearly £20,000 since 2000 to help local charities.
Shoosmiths was presented with the Local Impact award at the Thames Valley Responsible Business Awards Showcase on 10 June 2014 at Unipart House, Oxford.