It’s been a challenging year for so many in business. Winning an award is always a huge honour, but the backdrop of 2020 makes an accolade even more valuable and worthwhile.
Last week, MD of Cause UK – Clair Challenor-Chadwick – won the Social Value and Sustainability Impact category at the Director of the Year Awards 2020, hosted by the Institute of Directors Yorkshire & NE.
The award was sponsored by CNG, the energy supplier based in Harrogate renowned for its CSR and community work.
Clair founded Cause UK ten years ago. It was initially set up to offer out-sourced, affordable but intelligent and high impact PR and marketing services to the public sector at a time of austerity.
We now represent ethical businesses, the green agenda, the arts and good causes from across the business and public sector, across the UK. In 2020, the founding mission of Cause UK remains more pertinent than ever.
Over the years, we’ve had a big impact on our clients – increasing footfall, attracting investment, raising awareness – as our 5* Google reviews testify.
We’re very proud of what we do, as agents of change, telling powerful stories that inspire action with high profile media work.
In the last decade, Clair has been instrumental in setting up a social enterprise – the Veterans’ Artisan Bakery at Catterick Garrison – a therapeutic training bakery which supports veterans at risk of homelessness that is still going strong. She has, with Cause UK, raised an estimated £1m for charity, and even ran an annual arts festival with the actor Miriam Margolyes!
Last year, Clair was invited to a private meeting with Prince Harry to thank her for her work on Invictus UK. She’s also spent many years as an advisor and trustee, including three years as a trustee of Martin House Children’s Hospice, and was a fundraising consultant to the Archbishop of York Youth Trust.
Clair said: “It’s a real honour to win the Social Value category. I think the past ten months has led to reflection across all sectors. It has made many re-evaluate and re-prioritise what’s important in life, including community and family, as well as the importance of nature and the environmental agenda. I hope post-pandemic, in the not too far future, the business world won’t need a separate ‘social value’ category in award ceremonies – as social value, placing people and the planet into the concept of profit and our business economy, will become the norm. I’m proud to work with businesses, social entrepreneurs and others who are already leading this agenda.”