The importance of giving

Published: 21 Feb 2015

Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming more prominent within the oil and gas industry than ever before. Not only does it encourage staff morale but it often involves giving something back to the community which supports your company’s growth and operations.

Last year alone, flexible pipe specialist FlexTech donated more than £12,000 to support the local community in which it operates. With bases in both Aberdeenshire and Lincolnshire, the company invested considerably in local projects across both regions, helping to support sporting initiatives which benefited young people and encouraged personal development.

FlexTech founder and engineering director, Craig Keyworth, said: “Contributing to worthwhile causes and helping to develop talent in and outside of work is incredibly important to me.”

Ettridge Cycles race team

In 2014, FlexTech donated £10,000 to Ellon Rugby Football Club (ERFC) to help improve facilities and hone local talent. The 12-month contribution enabled professional coaches to join the club to train the young players age three to 18, boosting ERFC’s position in leagues and tournaments. The funds also provided new kits for the players and tour buses for away games, encouraging morale and fostering an enhanced team spirit.

Craig continued: “As a keen supporter of rugby and developing new talent, this was the perfect opportunity to back a very worthwhile local cause. The funds benefited the young players by enabling them to learn with the help of professional coaches, and it was brilliant to be able to help develop talent from such a young age.”

Last year also saw the company invest in the Gairoch Squash Club with a generous donation of £300, supplying all 18 young players with new kit, harbouring a sense of belonging.

In addition to the Aberdeenshire charitable donations, FlexTech makes an annual contribution of £1,500 to sponsor a Lincolnshire road cycle team, Ettridge Cycles Race Team, providing team kit, race support and expenses. Craig has always had a passion for sports, particularly cycling, and this enthusiasm led him to invest both time and money into keen, young cyclists, and for the past three years the company has supported the cycle team, with plans for this to continue year-on-year.

Craig continued: “I find it incredibly important to give something back to the community, and have focused FlexTech’s CSR efforts in ensuring that young people get the chance to enjoy and engage in team activities from a young age.

“I feel that being involved in group sports can be incredibly beneficial later in life, encouraging team building skills, motivation and enhancing confidence to try something new and support others. 2015 will see FlexTech continue to support Ettridge Cycles Race Team extending this in the future, and we have plans to further invest in a number of local worthwhile causes that encourage youngsters to develop their skillsets.”

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