Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility aims to boost the local economy through support to the local supply chain, creation of job opportunities and ensuring employees are paid a fair wage.

What is the Charter?

The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility is a set of guiding principles to which Birmingham City Council (BCC) will adhere and invites its contracted suppliers, the wider business community, other public sector bodies (including schools) and third sector organisations (including grant recipients) to adopt.  In some cases, adopting the Charter is a requirement of specific contracts or grants. In all cases, adopting the Charter is a visible and recognisable sign of your organisation's commitment to the local economy and its communities.

Charter signatories will need to consider and describe how they can improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of Birmingham and its citizens. For full details of how to sign up, you can select the next tab to download the Charter and the accompanying guidance notes and action plan.


If you have knowledge that a Charter signatory is behaving unethically or against the spirit of the Charter, then please let us know.  

If valid then we will raise the concern anonymously with the Charter signatory concerned and seek a successful resolution.  

To do this, please contact us by email: bbc4sr@birmingham.gov.uk or click below.

Contact the team

Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

You will find everything you need to help you sign up to the Charter here. All Charter signatories need to complete an action plan which needs to be relevant and proportionate. The action plan will help to make the process specific and measureable.

Social Value Policy- Background to the Charter

The Living Wage Policy- Details about the Birmingham Living Wage and how it is applied

The Charter - Details about the Charter and how it is applied

Charter Process Flowchart- This flowchart gives an overview of the Charter process

Charter Guidance- This is a comprehensive guidance on each principle

Charter Measures This provides a little more detail on suggested measures under each principle
Charter Action Plan Template This is where you complete the details of the measures that you intend to take as your commitment to the Charter

Action Plan Guidance How to complete the action plan

Frequently Asked Questions This may help to answer some of your questions

For any queries relating to the Charter, please email: 

Signatories to the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

The following organisations have signed the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility.

To join the signatories, please use the preceding tabs to download the Charter and the Guidance Notes, before contacting the team at Birmingham City Council to confirm your adoption.

Organisation Name

Certificate Number

Gold starAmey LG Limited
Gold starKPMG LLP
Gold starMytime Active
Gold starBeeline Promotional Products004
Gold starPertemps Network Group005
Gold starRevolver Co-operative Ltd006
Gold starVenn Group007
Gold starFawkes & Reece008
Gold starChapple & Jenkins Ltd009
Gold starVendaid Limited010
Gold starAltodigital Limited011
Gold starFirst Personnel Services PLC012
Gold starSwitch013
Gold starWillmott Dixon Partnership015
Gold starProbrand Ltd016
Gold starDennis Eagle Limited017
Gold starAlford Burton & Company Ltd018
Gold starFiremark Limited019
Gold starPelican Procurement Services Ltd020
Gold starPK Education021
Gold starVMI Limited022
Gold starEC Harris LLP023
Gold starTheo’s Food Company Ltd024
Gold starWarrior Doors Limited025
Gold starBarclays Bank026
Gold starLloyds Bank027
Gold starLiberata UK Ltd028
Gold starPwC029
Gold starWesleyan Assurance Society030
Gold starCDS031
Gold star1st Planner Ltd032
Gold starEducational Interiors033
Gold starCore Assets035
Gold starBalfour Beatty036
Gold starHCL Social Care Ltd037
Gold starHighcroft Community Centre038
Gold starHi-spec Services039
Gold starEnterprise Rent-A-Car040
Gold starEducation Staffing Link Limited041
Gold starW.V.Howe042
Gold starThe Drum043
Gold starFiltered Water Coolers Ltd044
Gold starNobisco Limited045
Gold starCrime Reduction Initiatives (CRI)046
Gold starRentokil Initial UK Limited047
Gold starWest Midland Supplies Ltd048
Gold starBirmingham Opera Company049
Gold starCity Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra050
Gold starSampad051
Gold starIkon Gallery052
Gold starBirmingham Royal Ballet053
Gold starBirmingham Museums Trust054
Gold starEx Cathedra055
Gold starmac056
Gold starZurich Municipal057
Gold starA3 Project Space058
Gold starConsilium Technical Services059
Gold starBirmingham Citizens Advice Bureau060
Gold starOpal Contracts061
Gold starBirmingham Repertory Theatre Ltd062
Gold starTrident Reach the People Charity063
Gold starEmber PSS Ltd064
Gold starAge Concern Birmingham065
Gold starCastle Vale Tenants and Residents Alliance (Birmingham) Ltd066
Gold starWarm Zones CIC067
Gold starThe Furnishing Service Ltd068
Gold starFocused Security Services Ltd069
Gold starBirmingham Settlement070
Gold starBirmingham & Solihull Women's Aid071
Gold starMears Limited072
Gold starMichael Mandelstam Ltd073
Gold starPenderels Trust074
Gold starImpact Training & Consultation Ltd075
Gold starFry Housing Trust076
Gold starSweett Group077
Gold starSt Basils078
Gold starShelter079
Gold starBirmingham Rathbone080
Gold starMapei UK Ltd081
Gold starBirmingham Crisis Centre082
Gold starMidland Heart083
Gold starBritish Red Cross084
Gold starOtis Lifts Ltd085
Gold starAccord Group086
Gold starHaystoun Construction Ltd087
Gold starAuto Moto088
Gold starDeloitte LLP089
Gold starRaleigh UK Ltd090
Gold starSpurgeons091
Gold starCoca-Cola Enterprises Ltd092
Gold starKitaure Construction Ltd093
Gold starPurple Moon Promotional Products Ltd094
Gold starGilgal Birmingham095
Gold starIceBlue Marketing & Design Ltd096
Gold starDancexchange097
Gold starBlack Country Housing Group Ltd098
Gold starAcivico099
Gold starSocial Value Plus Community Interest Company101
Gold starPleasant Valley Care Limited102
Gold starFacilities & Corporate Solutions Limited103
Gold starSharon Hinsull and Associates104
Gold starTotal Pool Chemicals Ltd105
Gold starMott MacDonald Limited106
Gold starUK Asian Womens Centre107
Gold starAble Access UK Limited108
Gold starBickford Construction109
Gold starTunstall110
Gold starDryden Citroen111
Gold starRoopyal Unicorn MOT Centre112
Gold starMSL Centre Limited113
Gold starHaden Birmingham Ltd114
Gold starSZHS Ltd T/A Saki's Auto Centre115
Gold starSwift Repairs Limited116
Gold starSheridan Myers117
Gold starThe European Recycling Company Ltd118
Gold starThomas Fox119
Gold starPOhWER120
Gold starCentral England Municipals Limited T/A M6 Commercials121
Gold starBirmingham YMCA122
Gold starAquarius123
Gold starDirect Corporate Clothing124
Gold starSwanswell125
Gold starHealth Exchange CIC126
Gold starNacro127
Gold starCelestinecelst Community Organisation128
Gold starThe Salvation Army129
Gold starFuture for Schools Ltd130
Gold starGreenhous Commercials Ltd131
Gold starSignature Outdoor Ltd132
Gold starBirmingham Disability Resource Centre (known as DRC)134
Gold starHealth Care HR Ltd135
Gold star4Social Work Ltd136
Gold starTripod Partners Limited137
Gold star5 Star Driving Academy Ltd138
Gold starCommunity Partnership Projects Limited (CPP Ltd)139
Gold starGlaze Auto Parts140
Gold starOlder Peoples New Opportunities Consortium141
Gold starLouise Holland HR Solutions142
Gold starHR Professionals Ltd143
Gold starCharlotte Martin HR Ltd144
Gold starAtkins Ltd145
Gold starThe Best Network146
Gold starSIFA Fireside147
Gold starThink Tenders Ltd148
Gold starSerco Leisure Operating Ltd149
Gold starCatalyst Mutual Enterprise C.I.C150
Gold starAshgreen Business Services Ltd151
Gold starCity Demolition Contractors (Birmingham Ltd)152
Gold starSolihull Health Check Clinic153
Gold starBlastbeat Education154
Gold starPerformances Birmingham Ltd155
Gold starBlakemore Foodservice156
Gold starLocalise West Midlands157
Gold starBarnardo Services Ltd158
Gold starGBsqd LLp159
Gold starOctavius Learning and Development Ltd Partnership160
Gold starM & J Group (Construction & Roofing) Ltd161
Gold starConfidential Document Exchange Ltd (CDX)162
Gold starStacks Contractors Ltd163
Gold starAtos IT Services UK Ltd164
Gold starAdvocacy Matters165
Gold star Charge IT Ltd 166
Gold starHollyfields Centre Club Ltd167
Gold starConnaught Resourcing168
Gold star Sage Procurement Services Ltd 169
Gold star A Simpson Consulting Ltd 170
Gold starR & C Williams Ltd171
Gold starHighway Traffic Management Ltd172
Gold starBromale Consulting 173
Gold starA.L.M HR Associates174
Gold star Nicola Wilson Management Consultancy 175
Gold starTurner & Townsend Project Management Ltd176
Gold starCare First Management Services Ltd177
Gold starLet to Birmingham178
Gold starPhil Jones Associates Ltd179
Gold starTrios Property Ltd180
Gold starForkers Ltd181
Gold starClarendon Roofing and Building Ltd182
Gold starWillmott Dixon Holdings Ltd183
Gold starCommunity Solutions (Morgan Sindall/Lovell)184
Gold starColourcraftcov Limited185
Gold starAshram Housing Association186
Gold starTheam Security Limited187
Gold starMidland Mencap188
Gold starMeadows Care Limited189
Gold starBouygues - Thomas Vale Construction190
Gold starContact Electrical Wholesale191
Gold starGateway Family Services CIC192
Gold starVoiceAbility193
Gold starTerraQuest Solutions Ltd194
Gold starLloyds Pharmacy Limited195
Gold starKingate Press (Birmingham) Ltd196
Gold starAMB Landscaping & Building Services Ltd197
Gold starKSP Builders198
Gold starEOS Interiors Ltd199
Gold starMidas Floors Limited200
Gold starProcur Ltd201
Gold starSwiftrapid Ltd T/A Immediate Solutions202
Gold starHome Farm Nurseries (Pinvin) Ltd203
Gold starBirmingham Voluntary Service Council
Gold starIntegrated Water Services Ltd
Gold starBanner Business Services Ltd206
Gold starSolihull Roofing & Building Company Ltd207
Gold starService Birmingham208
Gold starMidlands Truck & Van Birmingham209
Gold starGreyfriars Catering Equipment LLP210
Gold starRaybone Construction Limited211
Gold starCobenscott Limited212
Gold starAttain Travel Ltd213
Gold starAirtech Controls Ltd214
Gold starZone Cee Ltd215
Gold starJack Moody Landscaping & Civil Engineering Ltd216
Gold starCompass Support
Gold starKings Norton Coaches
Gold starCK Travel219
Gold starMark Taylor Private Hire220
Gold starDial-A-Cab221
Gold starCarbits Limited222
Gold starPersona Associates Limited223
Gold starEden Build Ltd224
Gold starEuro Liners225
Gold starCaatalyst226
Gold starCom Cab227
Gold starHoward Yarnold228
Gold starGalliford Try Partnerships Limited229
Gold starLodge Tyre Co Ltd230
Gold starKier MG Limited231
Gold starRMF Landscaping Ltd232
Gold starCookstown Textile Recyclers233
Gold starCertas Energy UK Limited234
Gold starJones and Hampton Ltd235
Gold starGilvar Lining Ltd236
Gold starBirmingham Samaritans237
Gold starBikeRight!238
Gold starRoundabout Cars Birmingham Ltd239
Gold starMarvay Travel240
Gold starBrakes241
Gold starHome-Start242
Gold starObillex Limited243
Gold starFamily Action244
Gold starGreat Barr Cars245
Gold starBeaufort Cars246
Gold starVeolia247
Gold starWest Midlands Special Needs Transport Ltd248
Gold starElite Radio Cars Ltd249
Gold starChilmark Consulting Ltd250
Gold starNorth Birmingham Travel251
Gold starCommunity Transport252
Gold starSelect Private Hire Ltd253
Gold starShencare Community Transport254
Gold starKier Living Limited255
Gold starParkers Cars256
Gold starPinsent Masons LLP257
Gold starContracts Property Maintenance Ltd258
Gold starJordan Travel259
Gold starAston Cross MOT Repair Centre260
Gold starHoriba UK Limited 261
Gold starKJW Property Care Limited262
Gold starKvia Ltd263
Gold starWensley Group (Wensley Contracts Limited T/A)264
Gold starIn-tend Ltd265
Gold starRefugee Action266
Gold starAge UK Birmingham267
Gold starAmec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure UK Ltd268
Gold starPriory Education Services269
Gold starN E Cox Limited270
Gold starKitchen Solutions Ltd271
Gold starGreat Barr Windows272
Gold starDurolas Contractors Limited273
Gold starThe Derek Evans Partnership LLP274
Gold starSpeller Metcalfe275
Gold starCharter Commercial Windows & Doors Ltd276
Gold starPlaza Cars (Birmingham) Ltd277
Gold starSuperclean Services Wothorpe Limited278
Gold starTravis Perkins279
Gold starOve Arup & Partners Ltd280
Gold starJ Dodd & Son (Contractors) Ltd281
Gold starFitzgerald Contractors282
Gold starKelbec Civils Ltd283
Gold starAlun Griffiths Contractors Ltd284
Gold starAECOM Limited285
Gold starCH2M HILL286
Gold starCanwell Ltd287
Gold starSanna (AR) CIC288
Gold starTarmac Ltd289
Gold starLawrences Garage (Lozells) Ltd290
Gold starAmbassadors Resourcing Ltd291
Gold starGavin Jones (Midlands) Ltd292
Gold starCore Environmental Services293
Gold starJ.J's Cycle Shop294
Gold starOn Your Bike Holdings Limited295
Gold stariCycle296
Gold starCycle Chain Ltd297
Gold starWorth Enterprises Ltd T/A Gear Up298
Gold starWestside Business Improvement District (BID)299
Gold starJP Landscapes & Construction Ltd300
Gold starCompass FMB Ltd301
Gold starBITA Pathways302
Gold starSustain (UK) Ltd303
Gold starJackson Frameworks Ltd304
Gold starThames Valley Control Ltd305
Gold starShire Consulting Limited306
Gold starClear Channel UK Ltd307
Gold starThe Jericho Foundation308
Gold starBNK Construction309
Gold starFocus Birmingham310
Gold star24-7 Industrial Services UK Ltd311
Gold starManaged Enterprise Technologies Ltd312
Gold starChanges UK313
Gold starBroadway Malyan Limited314
Gold starSpectre UK Ltd315
Gold starGenisys ARCt316
Gold starGround Control Limited317
Gold star3D Facilities Support Ltd318
Gold starForward Carers Consortium319
Gold starHealthwatch Birmingham320
Gold starEngie UK321
Gold starSpecialist Development Contracts Ltd322
Gold starIris Construction Projects Ltd323
Gold starBirmingham Community Development Scheme Ltd324
Gold starBirmingham Youth Empowerment Project CIC325
Gold starLichfield Tarmacadam Ltd326
Gold starJCDecaux UK Ltd327
Gold starAnglia Fostering Agency328
Gold starPerpetual Fostering329
Gold starSolihull Roofing Services Ltd330
Gold starNational Fostering Agency (NFA Midlands)331
Gold starNew Chapters Fostercare Ltd332
Gold starClifford House Fostering333
Gold starFosterplus334
Gold starOrange Grove Fostercare Ltd335
Gold starFoundation Fostering336
Gold starFostering Solutions337
Gold starPathway Care (Midlands) Ltd338
Gold starSt Paul's Community Development Trust339
Gold starExcel Fostering340
Gold starBirmingham Mind341
Gold starAshdurn Limited342
Gold starFive Rivers Child Care Ltd343
Gold starFamily First Fostering344
Gold starChild Care Bureau Ltd345
Gold starChildren Always First346
Gold starFather Hudson's Society347
Gold starThe Children's Family Trust348
Gold starFoster Care Link349
Gold starFosteringMatters350
Gold starMatch Foster Care Ltd351
Gold starFreedom Fostering Limited352
Gold starIkon Fostering353
Gold starSwiis Foster Care Limited354
Gold starAbacus Fostering355
Gold starTACT West Midlands356
Gold starFamily Care Fostering Limited357
Gold starSunbeam Fostering Agency358
Gold starCompass Fostering Central Limited
Gold starIdeal for All360
Gold starLiquid Personnel361
Gold starRLC362
Gold starDLA Piper UK LLP363
Gold starComplete Roofing Systems Limited364
Gold starRegional Foster Placements365
Gold starABC Fostering366
Gold starUK Fostering Ltd367
ActivGold stare Care Solutions
Gold starFamilyplacement.com369
Gold starNexus Fostering370
Gold starJay Fostering371
Gold starParrallel Parents Ltd372
Gold starBirmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust373
Gold starWates Living Space374
Gold starHome Group Ltd375
Gold starFriendship Care and Housing376
Gold starBID Services377
Gold starVoice Fostering378
Gold starFlick Solutions Limited379
Gold starASL Electrical Ltd380
Gold starBevan Brittan LLP381
Gold starAdvanced Personnel Management Group (UK) Ltd382
Gold starProspects Services383
Gold starPanesar Builders UK Ltd384
Gold starSport Birmingham (Birmingham Sport & Physical Activity Trust)385
Gold starDawsonrentals Materials Handling Equipment Ltd386
Gold starCompass Disability Services387
Gold starEuroshowers UK Ltd388
Gold starClose Circuit Security Services Ltd389
Gold starRW Services Contractors Limited390
Gold starErris Builders Ltd391
Gold starNSL
Gold starSpring Housing Association393
Gold starSelect Care Solutions 394
Gold starGreen Park Interim & Executive395
Gold starBid Writer Consultancy Ltd396
Gold starSova397
Gold starSeetec Business Technology Centre Ltd398
Gold starPeoplePlus Group Ltd399
Gold starQueen Alexandra College400
Gold starThe Pioneer Group401
Gold starPrescription Care Services
Gold starIdverde
Gold starNetwork Rail
Gold starFortem Solutions Ltd405
Gold starGoodwells Limited406
Gold starHardyman Group Limited407
Gold starDolphin Lifts Midlands Ltd408
Gold star3MS Gold Services Ltd409
Gold starAnvil House410
Gold starSanctuary Housing Association411
Gold starC Bastock (Contracts) Ltd412
Gold starPrologis UK Ltd413
Gold starInnovation Birmingham Ltd414
Gold starSanitell Cleaning Services Limited415
Gold starAcorns Children's Hospice416
Gold starJacobs417
Gold starThe Auto Workshop418
Gold starAutofit Centre Limited419
Gold starMetropolitan Surveyors Limited420
Gold starUnique Venues Birmingham421
Gold starBurges Salmon LLP422
Gold starKingdom Services Group Ltd423
Gold starHays Specialist Recruitment Limited424
TMP WorldwideGold star425
Witton Lodge Community AssociationGold star426
Gold starGraduate Planet CIC
Gold starEton Red428
Gold starRodor Housing and Support429
Gold starSport 4 Life UK430
Gold starIdeal Cleaning Services Limited431
Gold starJessup Brothers Ltd432
Gold starDocutech Office Solutions Limited433
Gold starKeane Construction (Midlands) Ltd434
Gold starParade Civil Engineering Limited435
Gold starRio Asphalt & Paving Co Ltd
Gold starFoster Property Maintenance Ltd
Gold starHalls Furnishings438
Graham FMGold star439
Gold starInform CPI Ltd440
Gold starNorton Hall441
Gold starMovecorp Ltd442
Gold starIM Properties443
Gold starSchindler Ltd444
Gold starG4S Cash Solutions (UK) Limited445
Gold starHoneybourne Construction Ltd446
Gold starTacho-fit Ltd447
Gold starHarrow Green Ltd448
Gold starBenniman Ltd449
Gold starPupil Attendance Consultancy & Training
Gold starBirmingham Education Partnership 451
Gold starNewton Europe Limited452
Gold starMeridian Cost Benefit Ltd453
Gold starAshley Community Housing454
Gold starBay Media Limited455

Birmingham City Council delivering greater social value

Birmingham City Council are working with Social Value Plus to help engage organisations in a mutually beneficial way to deliver greater social value that targets the priorities in Birmingham.  

Social Value Plus is a not for profit Community Interest Company designed to facilitate more and better targeted social value.  Social Value Plus offers enhanced services to businesses to manage social value and deliver business results.  

The services offered will include:
  • Support to develop and target your social value offer
  • Workshops to understand approaches to tendering social value 
  • Support to become Charter accredited
  • Guidance and information on the latest developments in social value including measurement techniques and methodologies
  • Links to third sector organisations delivering high priority activities
  • Publicising your social value achievements 
There will be a subscription fee depending on your company size.  Our ambition is that managing social value becomes self-sustaining and delivers business benefit as well as social outcomes. We hope you will get actively involved with Social Value Plus and improve the wellbeing of the citizens of Birmingham.  

You can get in touch with R. Shariat on 07504 515053 / 0121 647 1960 or email: shariat@jericho.org.uk

Recruitment and training support for local businesses

The Employment and Skills Team at Birmingham Council is available to help and support you meet your charter targets in regards to Principle 1: Local Employment – (a commitment by yourselves to create employment, training or work experience opportunities targeting local unemployed residents).

The Employment and Skills Team offers an extensive range of FREE services to help you find the right staff, with the right skills, at the right time.  There is even a financial reward on offer, worth £1,500 (available for a limited period), when you recruit an unemployed person aged 16 to 29. 

Guidance around developing your existing workforce is available too.  

They can do the following for you:
  • Promote your vacancies 
  • Manage and support with the assessment and recruitment process
  • Offer premises for your recruitment campaign if you are struggling for space
  • Pre-screen and short-list job ready candidates
  • Supply candidates for work experience and work trials
  • Provide tools and support to upskill your staff
To find out more about our range of free services please contact: youngtalentforbusiness@birmingham.gov.uk

Please also visit this website for more information.

Celebrating success at the 6th Charter Award Ceremony


On 2 October 2015, our 6th Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility Award Ceremony was held. The event was hosted by one of our Charter accredited businesses, Pinset Masons.

27 organisations were formally presented with their Charter certificates by Councillor Stewart Stacey Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Contracting and Improvement

The award ceremonies are in recognition of Charter accredited organisations efforts in maximising social value through the charter's six principles and setting a standard for ethical business practices for all other companies to aspire to.

Also at the event Greg Lowson, Director of CSR City and Head of Pinsent Masons Birmingham Office, explained to the audience about the Corporate Social Responsibility programme for promoting Birmingham as "the CSR City”


First Business Charter awards ceremony stagedRosette

Firms from Birmingham and beyond have been recognised for their efforts to maximise social value from the contracts awarded to them by the city council.

The inaugural Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility awards presentation ceremony was staged at the Council House... READ MORE >>

Photo gallery of charter awards online nowAwards

A full suite of photographs from the very first Business Charter awards ceremony is available to view on flickr right now – can you spot yourself?

Just visit the Birmingham News Room pages to see the whole set of photographs from the ceremony on Tuesday 11 February…

Birmingham Sustainability & Recycling Awards 2014

Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services, are inviting schools, colleges, universities, businesses, restaurants and food outlets, as well as community groups and members of the public, to show how green they are by entering the awards.

There are four main categories and the overall winner must have completely embraced the ethos of the awards... 

Awards ceremony honours latest charter signatories

A new group of firms from Birmingham and beyond have been recognised by the city council for their efforts to maximise social value from their day-to-day business operations.

The latest Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility awards presentation ceremony was staged at Pinsent Masons’ offices in the city centre on Thursday 19 June... READ MORE >>

Read our regular bi-monthly Charter newsletters here Rosette

We will keep you informed about the latest developments on the Charter and include items of news that may be of interest to you. Regular, up-to-date newsletters will be emailed to you but they can also be viewed here:

Birmingham Business Charter News DECEMBER 2016
Issue 6 - SEE MORE >>

Latest news feature: Celebrating social value - matching project
On Monday 12 December Charter signatories and third sector organisations, who have been working together to deliver some high priority projects gathered at the Council House to celebrate their achievements. Read more about this in December's newsletter above.

Arts and third sector organisations gain Business Charter status
Organisations from the third sector and arts groups are among the latest wave of establishments to be recognised by the city council for their efforts to maximise social value from their day-to-day operations.

The latest Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility awards presentation ceremony was staged at KPMG’s offices in the city centre on Monday 27 October.

A total of 32 organisations were presented with certificates in recognition of having had action plans accepted detailing how they will deliver benefits to Birmingham through the charter’s six principles.

New Living Wage rates to improve the take home wage of thousands

It was announced on 1 November 2016 that the living wage, as published by the Living Wage Foundation, is to be increased by 20p an hour. 

The new rate will rise to £8.45 per hour, from its current £8.25. 

As Charter signatories you have committed to pay the Birmingham Living Wage, which is based on the Living Wage Foundation’s rate, and as such will be required to implement the new rate. Employers have six months to implement the new pay level.

SME's praised for the social value they provide

Small businesses that work with Birmingham City Council and other organisations have been recognised for the efforts they make to operate in an ethical and socially responsible way.

A total of 37 organisations were awarded the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility during a ceremony on January 7.

Of those given the honour, 20 were SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) – and received praise from senior city councillors for the positive example they are setting for businesses large and small.