“Giving” is the G in our company’s DELIGHT values and the company has over 15 years history of giving - both to its employees and through involvement with the local community and charities further afield. We believe that we have a responsibility to support people in finding jobs and select temporary staff where we think we can assist with their future career progression. hotelshopuk also work closely with The Princes Trust and have in previous years had various Princes’ Trust apprentices complete a work experience module within the different departments.We also regularly have youngsters in for taster weeks and get involved with “Spread the word” sessions in local schools. On the charity side for the last ten years MD Viv Hudson-Findlay has worked with The Prince's Trust in Herefordshire where she also headed up the regional fundraising team for The Prince’s Trust which, under her leadership, raised in excess of £60k per annum. The Staff have been involved in various fundraising initiatives over the years from scaling Kilimanjaro to walking the Malvern Hills, from charity film premiers to “Haunted” theme nights. Viv believes in setting the staff a challenge and in 2009 she pledged that the company would raise £10k for the Prince’s Trust in the company’s 10th Anniversary year. Needless to say the target was smashed and over £15k was raised. Many of the staff are involved in other local initiatives from Rotary to Round Table, from Breakfast Clubs to local business meetings with MD Viviennne Hudson–Findlay leading the way! She is involved in the organisation of The Women of Worcestershire Awards, a member of The Chamber of Commerce, our Local Enterprise Partnership and an active Worcestershire Ambassador, promoting the county to both national and international audiences We regularly support local charity and customer fundraising initiatives through the donation of vouchers for our Great Little Breaks or escape on holiday sites.
Hotelshopuk is committed to encouraging and developing young people in the local Wychavon area. We have a long history of employing local people and currently have three apprentices working in our Sales and Marketing and Finance Teams. The company’s ethos is to invest in an individual’s long term future thus giving them the chance to complete their qualification whilst gaining valuable first-hand experience of a particular sector. We recognise their effectiveness at increasing productivity and improving business performance as well as helping us fill the skills gaps that exist within our current workforce. It also enables us to train them with the specific skills we need with a view to full time employment and a longer term contribution to our bottom line. All current apprentices will be offered a full time role within the company on completion of their apprenticeship course and subsequent agreement from hotelshopuk that their standard of performance aligns and exceeds the company’s values. hotelshopuk have now committed to offering 2 new apprenticeships on a bi-annual basis.
The 15/15 Challenge
This year the 15/15 challenge is underway to raise £15,000 to celebrate our 15th birthday and help two charities nominated by staff – the Little Princess Trust in Hereford and the Ruimveldt Children’s Aid Centre in Guyana. A variety of activities and events are already underway from head shaves to darts nights, from walking on hot coals to Zip Wiring, with a recent fishing competition raising over £1050.