Belfast Telegraph

Supporting customers and local communities

Ground Espresso was a winner at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2016, taking home the Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility award. The category was sponsored by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. The council's Paul Greenfield describes its approach to CSR

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council was delighted to sponsor such a prestigious award. As a forward-thinking local authority, we currently lead by example through managing our activities to become more socially responsible and encourage partners and suppliers to develop their own commitment to corporate social responsibility.

From using and producing recycled materials, increasing waste recycling and reducing waste generation to encouraging and supporting local suppliers and produce - council plays an active role in supporting customers and local communities across the borough.

Growing the local economy has been outlined as the council's number one priority, with corporate social responsibility (CSR) at the core of everything they do.

As well as supporting small enterprise development and entrepreneurship (through a range of initiatives including the regeneration and development strategy, economic development projects and funded opportunities), council is committed to attracting key investment, stimulating growth, providing support, improving skills and increasing employment.

The agri-food sector is a particular focus for council this year, and it's playing a key role in celebrating local produce and suppliers - such as Ground Espresso - throughout 2016 for NI Year of Food and Drink.

Working closely with Tourism NI and local event organisers council has developed a Food Heartland Forum to advance the local agri-food sector. By championing local food and drink producers, the council's Food Heartland Forum aims to enhance the tourism experience, expand local agri-food exports and further encourage corporate social responsibility borough-wide.

Ground Espresso is a shining example of a successful business which is making a significant difference in communities near and far. Encompassing the key principles of corporate social responsibility and promoting Fairtrade, the business is a thriving addition to towns across Northern Ireland, plus it is helping to develop the educational needs of children in Honduras. A deserved winner.

Contact Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Economic Development Team on 0300 0300 900 or email:

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