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Winner: St Albans Chamber of Commerce – CSR Business Award

Winner: St Albans Chamber of Commerce – CSR Business Award

More deserved recognition for ALL our teams!

I’m thrilled that John O’Conner has just won this prestigious award, recognising exceptional work on our St Albans contract.

If you’ve ever watched the Academy Awards you’ve probably cringed at the false modesty in some of the acceptance speeches (“This award is not for me, it’s for my producer, my parents etc”), but put that aside for the moment. As far as my fellow Directors and I are concerned, this award really is for all of our contract teams.

Corporate Social Responsibility is what makes us tick as a company and it is our true USP. If we weren’t continuously striving to add those little bits of value to the communities we serve, over and above the black and white stipulations of our contracts, we simply couldn’t be John O’Conner. CSR is and always will be, at the core of our company culture.

The Chamber of Commerce awards were presented last Thursday (27 September) at the Havana Club, I was joined by our Contract Manager Paul Brady and  Martine Dorrington our Office Manager . The other finalists in the Corporate Social Responsibility category (sponsored by Harpenden Building Society) were The Co-Operative Bank and Barclays Bank, so you’ll understand that in that company we felt a bit like the minnows!

What a thrill when we were announced as winners! I always felt we could win, but don’t forget we were up against two major banks who were also doing really outstanding things in the community, including raising funds to build a local hospice.

I can’t say with absolute certainty because I haven’t seen the judges report, but I’d hazard a good guess a big factor for us was the fact that our CSR activities are many and widespread, and not just the work of one particular individual or one particular project.

Some of our CSR activities that I mentioned when being interviewed for the award include our Bingo Card scheme,  the Work Academies, our involvement in the Get Britain Working campaign, fundraising carwashes, our investment in job opportunities for young people and all that we’ve achieved to mitigate any negative impact on the environment.

These things are going on in our contracts throughout the land, which is why I now congratulate every single John O’Conner employee for what they do every day.

As far as the St Albans contract is concerned, we’ll be making a special day to go and thank the teams in St Albans. Among various tributes they received was this one from Mr Julian Daly, Executive Leader of St Albans & District Council:

“These awards give recognition for excellence amongst local businesses.  The hard work that the John O’Conner team puts into their work is impressive. I am delighted to see their community work recognised by this well deserved award.”

I couldn’t finish this post without a hearty ‘than you’ to the person who nominated us in the first place – June Cory, Director of local AdWords company My Mustard:

But right now I suppose I’d better stop resting on the laurels, and get back to some work!

Till next time,



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