Brickhill: Supporting Employees in the Community Drives Success
Goodyear Dunlop UK Group Managing Director, Mark Brickhill, has reinforced the company’s commitment to community projects, and has encouraged all employers to seek the benefits that come from supporting their employees in voluntary activity.
Brickhill was speaking following a garden party at Buckingham Palace in honour of the centenary of the Territorial Army which was attended by 6000 guests, including the HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Princess Royal. Over four hundred TA Reservists were invited along to pay tribute to their employers by taking them to this very special event. The Goodyear Dunlop MD had been invited by John Braybrook, Wholesale Manager for the company, who returned from TA assignment in Afghanistan last year.
Brickhill stated: “In our experience, there is a great benefit in offering full support and encouragement to employees who choose to volunteer. Whether in the Territorial Army, or working in projects with local schools and charities, we have found that employees build on their skills in leadership, coaching and people management by getting involved in the their community. John’s service with the TA has helped him develop his skills and experience, and Goodyear Dunlop is fortunate to benefit from such first-class training!”
Goodyear Dunlop employees are engaged in a number of varied projects as part of the company’s Community Programme. Employees raised over £40,000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Red Balloon Appeal last year from a series of fundraising events, and have launched a campaign to fund a Safe Play area at the Hospital over the next 18 months. The fundraising activities include a team of Goodyear Dunlop staff cycling from their TyreFort headquarters in Birmingham to Paris this September.