The winners of this year's National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards were announced in London this week.
The awards recognise the most effective implementation of tax-effective payroll giving by employers. The awards and event are funded by HM Government, organised in conjunction with the Institute of Fundraising and administered by the Payroll Giving Centre.
Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of Institute of Fundraising, said: "Payroll Giving has reached £118 million, its highest level ever with nearly three-quarters of a million employees using it to donate money to charity. This is a great achievement for Payroll Giving, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year."
This year's awards ceremony was held at HM Treasury. Speaking at the event, Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said: "It is hugely satisfying to see that so many organisations have embraced Payroll Giving. Today we have the opportunity to celebrate companies that have gone the extra mile, whether by encouraging their staff to give to so many good causes by matching staff donations pound-for-pound, or by running extensive internal promotions to get more people signed up."
This year’s winners are:
• Best Launch of a New Scheme: The Entertainer, toy retailer
• Best Re-Launch of an Existing Scheme: Network Rail
• Best Large Employer Campaign: BT
• Best SME Campaign: Robert Holdcroft Ltd, franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants
• Best Civil Society Employer Campaign: Save the Children
• Best Public Sector Employer Campaign: The Police Service of Northern Ireland
• Best Innovative Promotional Partnership: ASOS with Workplace Giving UK
• Best Individual Contribution: Gary Grant Managing Director, The Entertainer
• Best Overall Campaign: Robert Holdcroft Ltd, franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants
This year also saw the first awards of the Platinum Quality Mark Award for the very best in corporate payroll giving.