Looking after our workforce and customers is paramount. This extends to the environment and communities where we operate and that often means going above and beyond the work we are contracted to do to have a positive impact. Working with developers in the heart of busy neighbourhoods, whether on a new housing development or being involved in urban regeneration, we are committed to getting involved in activities where we can make a difference. This takes shape in a number of ways, from employees getting together to take up a sporting challenge, or sponsoring a yacht to enable others to access sports, to our school road safety campaign, and we continually seek out ways to lend our support.
In 2014 Aptus Utilities teamed up with Cumbrian property maintenance firm PPM Ltd to co-sponsor the 38ft Bavarian yacht the Solway Adventurer, which offers sailing days to local youth groups, the elderly and people with disabilities.
The yacht, which is based at Maryport Marina in Cumbria, needed urgent repairs and the funding will ensure the yacht can continue to provide a valuable service to users for another five years.
The Solway Adventure Sailing Club charity encourages groups who may be interested in using the yacht to get in touch and they also welcome volunteers. Find them on Facebook under Solway Adventure Sailing Club or on Twitter at Solway Adventure SC @SolwayASC1.
Aptus Utilities’ Bright Sparks campaign was launched in 2014 to highlight the issue of road safety to schoolchildren. We have delivered nearly 2,000 hi-vis jackets to primary schools across Lancashire, Cumbria and Greater Manchester.
The vests bear the slogan: ‘Bright Sparks Get Seen In The Dark’ which is aimed at encouraging children to be smart and wear their hi-vis jackets when walking to and from school to help keep them safe. We visited schools in Oldham, Carlisle, Bolton and Leyland to talk to the children about the importance of being visible to road users.
We also donated hi-vis jackets to volunteers at The Free Project, a Blackburn based charity who work with homeless people throughout the year. The Free Project supplies food, support and other essentials to people struggling on the streets or living in poverty.
We regularly support charities by taking part in a variety of outdoor events and fundraising activities. In 2015 Aptus staff took on Taylor Wimpey North West as we competed to ‘Beat The Builder’ in a gruelling triathlon that took place in the Lake District. Our team were triumphant in the cycling phase and – along with a concerted fundraising effort from Aptus Utilities’ employees – raised more than £1500.
In 2016 our employees donned their sports gear once again and united to form a 15-strong team to take part in the annual Derian House Dragon Boat Race at Preston Docks, competing against more than 20 teams from across the region and raising £1,000 for charity.
At Aptus Utilities fundraising is a company-wide effort with the entire team getting involved to support these and other fundraising efforts, through activities including bake-offs, poker nights, Christmas Jumper Day, and through our donate-a-day scheme – and we will continue to support local causes where we can.