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BGL launches £1.5 million community campaign

Empower, Pledge, Donate campaign aims to support charities impacted by coronavirus

BGL Group has enhanced its CSR programme by launching a campaign to support community causes impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

BGL has six current charity partners and each of those partners will receive an initial boost of between £50,000 and £100,000. The remainder of the funding will be made available for applications through the company’s existing community committees, which include representatives from each of BGL’s locations in Peterborough, Sunderland, Wakefield, London and Paris.

On top of the donations, colleagues at BGL are participating in a Three Month Give through the company’s existing Payroll Giving scheme.

BGL’s Chief Executive, Matthew Donaldson, said: “Our CSR programme is very much part of who we are as a business, and we’re fortunate to have such supportive shareholders in BHL and CPPIB. Our colleagues are passionate about supporting their communities in a whole range of ways and they’ve already been doing whatever they can to help others. The current global situation has made everybody really take a step back and think about their communities in a different way and we’re no exception.

“The campaign is based on three simple principles: Empower, Pledge and Donate. We’re empowering our colleagues who want to do something more to support their community, or a cause close to them; pledging funds to our existing partners; and donating to causes facing additional strain as a result of the exceptional circumstances driven by coronavirus.”

BGL has its headquarters in Peterborough and is home to brands including comparethemarket.com, LesFurets.com, Beagle Street, Budget and Dial Direct.

Charities wishing to apply for funding should email outlining the purpose of the charity, how much funding they are seeking and what the money would be used for. Given the urgency of the current situation, community committees will be convening every two weeks to allocate funds.

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