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News 2014

Leo Group’s food appeal helps Bradford and Penrith families in crisis  

16 December 2014 

Employees at Leo Group Ltd showed their support to local families in crisis by donating non-perishable food items to the local food banks. In the run up to Christmas, staff at Leo Group added a few extra items to their trolley when doing the weekly food shop to support the company’s food appeal. 

Employees at the Group’s head office in Halifax and its Omega Proteins site in Penrith both donated food items including pasta, rice and tinned meals to the company’s appeal. The appeal generated over 140 food items, filling 10 large boxes which were donated to The Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank and The Salvation Army’s Food Bank in Penrith. 

The Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank is a registered charity that supports organisations working with vulnerable people in need of food. Both food banks offers food parcels to people that are temporarily unable to provide for themselves. The company’s donations will help the food banks to meet the growing demand for their services, especially in the winter months. 

A spokesman for Leo Group said: “As the cost of food and fuel rises, more people living in poverty in the UK are relying on emergency food supplies from food banks to help them survive. Through our food appeal we wanted to do our bit to support those in need in our local communities to help give people access to food supplies over the festive period.”


Festive fundraiser supports Save the Children  

12 December 2014

Employees across Leo Group Ltd donned their festive attire on Friday 12th December to support Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. 

Leo Group, which operates sites across the UK including Halifax and Penrith, raised over £400 through its festive fundraiser. Employees got into the festive spirit by wearing a Christmas jumper and making a donation of £2 each.  

A competition for the best Christmas jumper ensured some friendly rivalry with employees pulling out all the stops to compete for the top prize. The winner, as voted for by the team, was an impressive Christmas tree jumper, complete with flashing fairy lights!    

In addition, rather than sending Christmas cards this year the company made a further contribution to its fundraising efforts for Save the Children.  

A spokesman from Leo Group said: “Taking part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day has not only raised much needed funds for the charity but it has also helped us all get into the festive spirit. Everybody has thoroughly enjoyed the day!"

"The event also created awareness of the invaluable work that Save the Children does improving the lives of children across the world. We’re glad we were able to raise some money to support the excellent work that the charity does.” 

“Leo Group is committed to supporting charity work through events like this as well as its Community Fund grants for local grassroots organisations.”

Leo Group employees supporting Christmas Jumper Day

Leo Group celebrates employment opportunities in Calderdale 

10 December 2014

Local businesses united on Friday 05 December 2014 to showcase over 300 training and job opportunities available in the local area. The jobs fair, organised by Philip Allott of Halifax Conservatives, was supported by 15 exhibitors including Leo Group.     

Held at North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax, the recruitment fair was opened by the Mayor of Calderdale, Patricia Allen and was attended by over 200 people. As well as job opportunities, the free event also offered careers advice such as CV writing and interview skills. 

Leo Group exhibited an array of job opportunities available at its Swalesmoor Road head office from Health and Safety Officer to HGV drivers and factory operatives. The Group, which employs more than 430 people, is at the forefront of the recycling and green energy sectors.  

Leo Group’s PR and Communications Manager, Melanie Rosser, said: “As one of the largest employers in the area, Leo Group was keen to talk to local people seeking employment about the variety of careers available across our businesses.” 

“Despite reports of a fall in unemployment recently in Halifax, the event proved there are still plenty of people looking for work in the area. There is a huge pool of talent in Calderdale and the surrounding areas, this event gave us a great opportunity to discover that talent and discuss career opportunities within the Group. We were overwhelmed by the number of responses we received to our job vacancies.”

“Everybody we spoke to seemed pleased with the opportunities and advice that the event offered which is great news for the local community.” 

The recruitment fair helped give those looking for work in the local area a better understanding of the job opportunities available as well as ways to improve their application skills. Leo Group was amongst 15 organisations that exhibited including Job Centre Plus, Calderdale Council and Calderdale College.

As well as discussing job vacancies, the event provided attendees with a greater understanding of the businesses within Leo Group including its pet food and waste recycling operations. In addition to the company’s community work across Calderdale through its Community Fund. 

Leo Group's Melanie Rosser with the event organiser Philip Allott from Halifax Conservatives

Envirowaste Services supports local clean up initiative   

22 October 2014 

On Wednesday 22nd October 2014, Envirowaste Services Ltd showed support to a community clean up initiative in Halifax. The event, organised by local charity Boothtown Partnership, saw around 30 volunteers pull together to transform the overgrown All Souls Cemetery in Boothtown.

Volunteers from Employee Volunteering, Calderdale Council and Lloyds Banking Group all braved the cold weather to help regenerate the area for the local community. The team of volunteers worked all day digging, sheering and pruning the cemetery and clearing it of any rubbish.  

Envirowaste Services, one of the leading recycling companies in West Yorkshire, donated a large skip to aid the clean up operation. The company collected the full skip of garden waste and rubbish to be recycled at its Swalesmoor Road Waste Transfer Station.

Boothtown Partnership aims to improve the lives of the residents of Boothtown. As well as running a charity shop to raise funds, the charity has also secured grants from other organisations to support the wide range of work that it does to aid inclusion in the community.

Boothtown Partnership’s Douglas Robertshaw said: “We are so grateful for everyone that has supported this clean up event. I’d like to thank everyone that has given up their time and also say thank you to the generosity of local businesses like Envirowaste Services. It is great to see how everyone has rallied together to transform the area." 

Envirowaste Services Transfer Station Manager, Jenny Firth said: “We're delighted to be able to support Boothtown Partnership’s big clean up. Projects like this help improve the local area for residents and the wider community. We’re glad we were able to offer our services to help this worth while cause in our local community.”

Envirowaste Services offers an environmentally friendly method of disposing of waste throughout West Yorkshire. Recycling plastics, cardboard, paper, wood, polythene, green waste, metal and glass, the company offers a range of collection methods using skips and roll on/roll off containers. 

Envirowaste Services’ Jenny Firth and volunteers supporting Boothtown Partnership's clean up of All Souls Cemetery.  

Leo Group supports Jeans for Genes Day 

22 September 2014

Employees at Leo Group Ltd, the environmental and green energy specialist, left their suits at home and wore their jeans on Friday 19th September to support Jeans for Genes Day 2014. The green company was awash with blue denim to raise funds for Genetic Disorders UK.

Staff at Leo Group’s Halifax and Penrith sites raised £281.70 by donning their denim for the day, selling raffle tickets and denim wearing gingerbread men. Employees at both sites got into the spirit of the event by making a donation of £2 each to wear their jeans on the day, with additional donations made for raffle tickets and denim themed baked goodies. 

We all inherit a range of talents, skills and personality traits through our genes – they’re part of what makes us who we are. However, there are more than 6,000 genetic disorders and 1 in 25 children in the UK are born with one - that's more than 30,000 babies each year.

Genetic Disorders UK is a charity that aims to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders. Leo Group's fundraising efforts will go to the vital care and support these children urgently need. Managing Director Danny Sawrij said: “By fundraising for Jeans for Genes Day, Leo Group is able to help Genetic Disorders UK in the amazing work that they do, offering much needed care and support to children with genetic disorders.” 

“Leo Group is committed to supporting communities through a range of charity work, including events like this as well as through our Community Fund grants.” 

Founded in 2011, Leo Group’s Community Fund offers grants to local charities and good causes. Funding is directed towards groups working with children and young adults within the communities in which the company operates. The Community Fund is just one aspect of Leo Group’s community work. In the past two years Leo Groups charitable donations have exceeded £250,000. 

 Leo Group's head office team wearing their jeans on Jeans for Genes Day.

Bingley FC aims high after netting sponsorship deal with Leo Group

01 September 2014

Leo Group is proud to announce that it has renewed its sponsorship deal with Bingley Town FC. The club, which recently merged with Bingley Juniors AFC, currently plays in the Craven & District League Division 1. Bingley Juniors AFC has boys’ and girls’ sides from under 5s right through to under 18s.

Andy Ryan, club secretary of Bingley Town FC, said: “We would like to thank Leo Group for its continued sponsorship which has allowed us to purchase new, good quality kits for the team.”

“Sponsorship enables us to use our limited funds in other areas such as equipment and facilities. Collectively this helps in retaining and attracting new players, whilst also helping the club to grow and keep improving!” 

The clubs, which has been affiliated for the past two seasons, officially merged this season which has cemented the relationship. Through the support and continued effort from management, players and sponsors, the club has been able to demonstrate the right image and credentials to achieve this merger. In doing so, the club has become the open age outlet for young players in Bingley and the surrounding areas.

The merger also enabled the club to launch a new Under 21 team and has plans for a new reserve team for the 2015/2016 season. 

Mr Ryan continued: “Our aim is to bring players through the system and into open age football, increasing its reputation in the region and aiming one day to reach the county amateur leagues and beyond. Companies like the Leo Group are the club’s lifeblood and through their support and sponsorship play an important role in helping us to achieve our goals.” 

Leo Group’s PR and Communications Manager, Melanie Rosser, said: “We are delighted to see the progress that Bingley Town FC has made, with our continued support we hope the team will continue go from strength-to-strength.”

“This sponsorship is over and above the contribution we make to many local grassroots organisations through our Community Fund and forms an extension of the company’s commitment to supporting the communities in which we operate.” 

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