A Midlands organisation’s commitment to the community has been recognised by the judges of a prestigious award.

Paycare was named as winner of the community category at the West Midlands FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards on Thursday (17th March).

Sadly, the team from the Health Cash Plan provider weren’t able to attend the ceremony, so FSB’s David Caro accepted the award on their behalf.

Director Anthony Burns said he wanted to highlight the fantastic work of their fellow finalists Creative Optimistic Visions, Orsa Housing and Revolution Gymnastics Club.

He added: “Our aim has always been to make the UK healthier and happier, and we believe that comes not only from directly supporting our customers through our Health Cash Plans, but also from our support of communities.

“We strongly believe it’s not just about financial support, it’s also about giving our time and expertise, and encouraging communities to join together, enjoy sports and the arts, and collectively improve their wellbeing.

“We’re honoured to have won the West Midlands FSB community award, and we’d like to thank the organisers, judges and our fellow nominees – we’re just sorry we weren’t able to join the party as it looks like it was an absolutely fantastic event.”

The not-for-profit organisation has maintained its commitment to supporting others through its almost-150-year history, sponsoring a huge range of organisations including many grass-roots sports clubs.
Recent good work highlighted in the awards entry included Paycare’s donation to the Creative Connections project run by Creative Black Country, sponsoring a co-working office space at Wolverhampton Cricket Club, netball coaching for SEN pupils, and training for young people transitioning to the next stage of education via the Black Country Consortium.

They regularly donate food and supplies to charities including Good Shepherd, The Haven Wolverhampton, and foodbanks across the Midlands. CEO Kevin Rogers has recently been voted as the new chair of the Wolves Foundation, and Commercial Director Anthony Burns is on the board of the Wolverhampton City Credit Union and Black Country Thinktank.

They’re even making a difference abroad too, partnering with the Netball Development Trust to help facilitate a netball and sexual health education programme in Ghana.

To keep up to date with Paycare’s community work, as well as health tips and workplace wellbeing, visit the blog at www.paycare.org/about-paycare/blog.