The United Kingdom economy is starting to boom again, and is already the envy of Europe. At the heart of this recovery and growth is London itself, which is why so many new and established businesses are making it their home. Businesses don’t just make a contribution through the impact of an improving economy, many of them make a direct impact on the community around them. A recent article in London Loves Business looked at the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards for companies who are doing exactly that. Here, Angel Business Suite review the article and consider why community engagement is so important.
“No business exists in a bubble, as they are all dependent in some way on the community around them, whether for customers or workers”, said the Operations Manager of Angel Business Suite. “That’s why it makes sense to build an engagement with the community. It’s also a fault of course that many entrepreneurs are very altruistic, and gain immense satisfaction from helping good causes that are close to their heart.”
The Dragon Awards are backed by the Lord Mayor of London, and have been an important event on the London business calendar for almost thirty years now. They are designed to recognise and reward companies who have gone the extra mile for community engagement, and whose operations bring benefits to both London and the wider world. In fact, these are the oldest awards of their kind in the UK, and winning one of these prestigious awards can be a great motivator for staff, and also boost brand recognition.
The Lord Mayor himself, Alan Yarrow, has stressed that companies of any size can enter, and that they would like to see more entries from SMEs this year. He also stated that he sees the awards as a great way to recognise London’s army of volunteers who are doing so much to help the city’s charitable organisations. There are six categories to enter in, and entries have to be submitted by May 18th.
“There will be six proud winners on the night, but the truth is that all the entrants and all of the communities and organisations they support are the real winners”, said the Operations Manager. “Awards like this simply confirm the fact that London is the best city in the world in which to do business in.”
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