Antony Batty & Company in the Community
Here at Antony Batty & Company we take our corporate social responsibility seriously, and our staff are always encouraged to do what they can for their respective communities, either as an individual, through their local ABc office or as part of the company as a whole. Our community activities are featured on this page.
May 2021: Marc Evans – Food Waste Hero – does his bit to reduce food waste
Food waste is a massive problem in the UK, where it is estimated that 6.7 million tonnes of food is wasted year on year, which equates to a value of £10.2 billion each year. This represents a cost of £250-£400 per household per year.
Marc Evans from our London office has decided to help to try and do something about it, by volunteering as an Olio Food Waste Hero. This involves going to collect any food his local Tesco hasn’t sold to avoid it being thrown away on a weekly basis. He then brings it back to the office or adds it to the Olio App for general consumption within the wider community rather than it going in the bin.
Well done Marc.
March 2021: Clive Fortis and Elaine Wilkins donating 100 Easter Eggs to YMCA Bournemouth
Here at Antony Batty & Company, we always aim to live by our 3 key values of integrity, professionalism and good customer service. These values apply to our work as insolvency practitioners and business turnaround experts as well as to our wider work in the community.
Recently, Clive Fortis (director and the head of Antony Batty Bournemouth office) and Elaine Wilkins were delighted to donate 100 Easter Eggs to the YMCA branch in Bournemouth, as part of our commitment to helping out in the community.
Sheena Dayman, Events Manager at YMCA Bournemouth said:
“This small act of kindness will be greatly appreciated by many. It really helps to show that those that think the world has forgotten them that – it has not. Thank you to all at Anthony Batty & Co.”
March 2021: David Parker – Southborough and District Lions Club (Tunbridge Wells)
David Parker, one of our Senior Insolvency Managers and Head of Case Progression, has just been accepted, along with his partner, as a member of his local Lions Club (Southborough and District Lions).
A Lions Club is a local branch of Lions clubs International, which is a World Wide community service organisation with around 1.3 million members in 42,000 clubs, operating in 205 countries in all geographical locations. The first Lions Club was formed in Chicago in 1917. Lions came to Britain in 1949, and there are now about 900 clubs here, with a total membership of over 21,000.
Southborough was formed in 1981 as an offshoot of Tunbridge Wells Lions Club. The area covered by the club includes Tunbridge Wells, Pembury, High Brooms, Bidborough, Speldhurst and, of course, Southborough. Lions clubs are formed by community minded individuals to help the less fortunate members of a community
Beneficiaries have included: Age Concern, Hospice in the Weald, The FRED club, Scout and Guides in Southborough, Tunbridge Wells and Pembury, Kent Air Ambulance, Charles Street School, M. S. Society (Tunbridge Wells Branch) R.N.L.I. Compaid, Samaritans, Pepenbury, C.A.B. Children’s Sunshine Centre Pickering Cancer drop in Centre, St John Ambulance and many other deserving individuals and groups in the local area.
February 2021: Easter Egg Delivery to Encircles by Clive Fortis
In his day job, Clive Fortis is one of our directors. He heads up our Bournemouth, Salisbury and South West & Wales offices and helps financially distressed businesses and individuals at times of financial hardship. Recently, Clive has chosen to support Encircles, a homeless, loneliness, isolation and poverty alleviation charity based in Salisbury.
Here, Clive can be seen about to deliver a donation of 100 Easter eggs to Encircle, as part of their mission to: “Help our homeless friends by feeding them and helping them find accommodation, as well as being a friendly face and providing a willing ear.”
She organised a virtual Sponsored virtual run/walk/cycle/scoot/skate from Lands End to John O’Groats on behalf of the Friends of Iron Acton Primary School to raise £1,000 for the school over the first two weeks of February. That’s a distance of 874 miles! And Adrian was one of the participants.
The idea is to use the money raised to help fund equipment for the school and get the children outdoors and exercising during lockdown.
We’re delighted to report that the target has been exceeded, with £1,100 raised so far. Well done Kate, Adrian and all the team!
February 2021: Elaine Wilkins’ Mental Health First Aider Training
Mental Health has never been more important, not least because of the spotlight that the stresses and strains caused by the Covid-19 lockdowns have caused at work and at home.
Elaine, who is based at our Bournemouth Office, is currently undergoing her Mental Health First Aider training, organised by the Ouch Training Team from Wimborne in Dorset. There are 4 training sessions with a total of 17 hours of learning, which will help attenders understand about mental health, what the signs are what the risks are and, most importantly, what to do about it.
Elaine is due to complete the course on 8th March, and will focus on helping those clients facing bankruptcy cope with the mental stress and strain.
Staff at all of our offices took part in ‘Wear it Pink’ on Friday 23rd October 2020 in support of the wonderful work that Breast Cancer Now does in raising funds to invest in Breast Cancer research (nearly £250 million to date) and for providing care to those suffering with it.
We are absolutely delighted to report that we raised a total of £515 for the campaign, and as our certificate says: “You wore it pink, and now you’re helping to create a better future for everyone affected by Breast Cancer.” Click here for the full story.