The Slough Business Community Partnership Annual Conference entitled ‘CSR it’s just good business’ was held at Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 on 20th November and was attended by over 100 delegates.


The Conference presented the opportunity to showcase the achievements of SBCP in the last year, and recognised the local businesses that have made a difference to Slough’s Community.


Their keynote speaker was John Holland-Kaye – CEO, Heathrow and recently appointed as SBCP President.  He talked about the benefits of being part of an organisation like SBCP and about Heathrow and how they are supporting the local communities around the airport.  He said “Slough Business Community Partnership is a unique organisation and I am delighted to be able to champion the organisation and the positive impact it delivers in the community.  It is important business develops a relationship with the community in which it operates and this positive engagement should be acknowledged and celebrated and Slough Business Community Partnership provides this opportunity.”


Rafiq Chohan, SBCP’s Chair, encouraged more businesses to join SBCP and showcased some of its achievements over the last year including, the brokerage of 897 employee volunteers who have donated over 4,000 volunteer hours towards supporting the Slough Community.  He said “As we emerge from a long and deep recession the support of our business community continues to be very important. The needs of our communities are multiple and complex.  The fact that our business partners and their employees have participated in more activities than ever before in the last year highlights their continued commitment to the Slough community.”


Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, talked to delegates about the difference that local companies are making to the local community and how else they could help.  She said “Thank you to the companies and the community for working together to make Slough a better place to live in”.


The prestigious SBCP Awards were a particular highlight of the evening. The Company of the Year Award was awarded to Iris Software Group Ltd.  They allow their employees three ‘Giving back’ days a year to support the local community and commenced their volunteering programme with SBCP’s help in 2014.  They have since shown a commitment to employee volunteering and supporting the community.


Six Business Mentoring Awards were presented to mentors from Sales Improvement Service, Mars Chocolate UK, Menzies LLP and Amazon who have all provided excellent support to key leaders of voluntary organisations in Slough.


Finally the SBCP’s President’s Award went to Shaida Akbar the Chair of Upton Lea Unity that aims to bring the community together.  She is a school governor and in the summer was awarded the Get Berkshire Active ‘Shining light’ award for organising cultural and sporting activities.  She was recognised by SBCP as making a significant difference to her community.


John and Rafiq

(Left) John-Holland Kaye, CEO Heathrow and SBCP President & (Right) Rafiq Chohan, SBCP Chair