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We act upon this commitment in a number of ways, from funding good causes to encouraging volunteering by our employees. In order to make a clear, long lasting difference, we have focused our community investment on the key themes of education and the built environment.
We actively support our people in tackling all manner of charitable challenges each year, both financially and with time off work. The summer of 2017 saw the gruelling but tremendously successful Colliers’ Annual Charity Bike Ride which took place in Scottish Highlands and was called the “Salmon Tae Cycle Challenge”. A terrific total of just over £16,000 was raised by the cyclists for two charities; the North West Children’s Support Group and Cancer Research UK (CRUK).
CRUK has been a Colliers’ client since 2004 and while attending their Annual Trading Conference in Staffordshire, Martin Elliott, who has worked with CRUK for over 10 years, took the opportunity to present a cheque for CRUK’s share of the monies – £8,037.25 – at the conference’s pop up shop to the managers of the charity’s three closest shops – Leek, Macclesfield and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Speaking at the conference, Simon Ledsham, CRUK’s Director of Communities (Trading, Volunteer Fundraising & Events) acclaimed the efforts of the Colliers cyclists before explaining how hugely valued Colliers’ role for the charity is: “Dealing with 600 different shops on our behalf, paying all our rent, rates and other charges correctly and on time” as well as “accomplishing so many exceptional results for us by saving us so much money on so many of our lease renewals.”
We provide financial and practical support to ‘Pathways to Property’, an initiative set up by the Reading Real Estate Foundation to widen access into the property profession. The programme supports academically-able students from less advantaged and non-traditional backgrounds and a number of students have enjoyed work experience and internship opportunities across our office network.
Changing the Face of Property is a joint initiative by the RICS and 10 leading companies to improve diversity and inclusion in the property industry including Colliers International.
Since 2012 we have been working with the RICS to raise the profile of the property industry and help people with little or no knowledge of the sector to recognise that property is so much more than being an estate agent or working on a construction site. We have partnered with schools and academies to develop opportunities for enthusiastic students to learn about the property industry and the variety of careers available.
Tony Horrell “It is fantastic to see the industry working together to encourage talent from a wider pool and showcase the opportunities that property and surveying has to offer. I am very proud to support this group and know it’s making a real difference.”
Click here to read more about Changing the Face of Property.
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