As Responsible Business of the Year 2014, National Grid is playing a key role in Business in the Community’s (BITC) Gala Series taking place around the country throughout June.
Every year, in the run-up to the Annual Gala in London, BITC run a series of regional events at which local responsible businesses are recognised and the regional Prince’s Ambassadors are announced. As the current Responsible Business of the Year, National Grid has been invited to all ten events to speak about how we have integrated responsible business into the heart of our business and how we have made use of our year as the ‘torch bearer’ for responsible business.
The events have been supported by senior leaders from around the business including Chief Executive, Steve Holliday who attended the events in Birmingham and Manchester and will be speaking next week at the Gala Dinner for BITC-Cymru. Andy Agg, UK Chief Finance Officer will be heading to Edinburgh on Tuesday and David Wright, Director Electricity Transmission Asset Management will be speaking at the East Midlands event in Leicester on Thursday.
“Having a presence at these events is both greatly appreciated by BITC, and by the event attendees,” explains Maeve Chappell, Programme Manager, Responsible Business of the Year. “Businesses are eager to learn from our experience; what it takes to be named Responsible Business of the Year, and how we have made use of the title over the past year. It is a great opportunity for us to promote who we are, what we do and how we do it – our responsible business credentials – so it is great that so many of our senior managers are involved in these events.”
Jon Butterworth, Director Non-Regulated Businesses, spoke at the North West Gala in Newcastle and said: “I felt very proud to have the opportunity to speak about National Grid and the work that we do in the community.”
When the series of regional events is completed next Thursday it will be full steam ahead for ‘the big one’ the BITC Annual Responsible Business Gala at the Royal Albert Hall on 7 July which will be hosted by National Grid.