UK Social Mobility Awards



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HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 4,000 offices in 70 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,416bn at 31 March 2017, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.

HSBC’s Education Programme aims to spark young ambition. The Group works with leading charities to support access to education for disadvantaged young people, fund programmes that provide life and entrepreneurship skills, and support young people to build language and cultural understanding.

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Foxtons is London’s leading estate agency with over 35 years of experience in the London property market. Having opened its doors for the first time in 1981 from the original Notting Hill office, the company now counts 65 branches throughout London and the Home Counties. Specialising in all aspects of Sales, Lettings, New Homes & Investments, Property Management and Corporate Services, Foxtons has firmly established itself as a market leader and pioneer in the property industry.

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London Town Group

London Town Group was founded by Koolesh Shah in 1988. The Group has expanded, owning and operating hotels in London and in the provinces ranging from independent hotels to globally branded hotels within the Accor and IHG portfolios. Its residential and commercial property portfolio has also significantly grown over the same period.

Koolesh is somewhat unique in that he has single handedly grown the business with no investors or partners.

In 2008, Koolesh Shah notably opened the first Hotel Indigo outside North America. It was a bold step taking InterContinental’s boutique brand and giving it a European twist whilst retaining its hallmark features.

The group’s latest project is developing an iconic 150 bedroom luxury boutique hotel. The area is in the middle of a multibillion-pound program of redevelopment spearheaded by the arrival of Crossrail next year.

The group is now looking to expand internationally with East Africa in its sight, its first hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on the horizon.

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Category Sponsor

BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas Securities Services is part of Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB), a global provider of financial solutions to corporate and institutional clients. With almost 30,000 people in 57 countries across EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Asia-Pacific and the Americas, we offer solutions tailored to all our clients across capital markets, securities services, financing, treasury and financial advisory. A globally-recognised leader across multiple disciplines, our areas of expertise include structured financing, derivatives and risk management, among others. Acting as a bridge between its two client franchises, it aims to connect the financing needs of corporate clients with the investment needs of institutional investors.

We are a socially responsible organisation, instigating and participating in a number of projects to prevent exclusion and promote education and culture. We aim to fight against social exclusion, promote compliance with human rights, and sponsor efforts in the fields of culture, social justice and the environment.

For this reason, we have chosen to organise worldwide corporate social philanthropy initiatives partnering with local NGOs or organisations.

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Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years.

We believe we all have a shared responsibility to do business in ways that respect, protect and benefit our customers, employees, communities, suppliers and environment. Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion (CR&I) is an integral part of the way we do business. Our combined approach encompasses diversity & inclusion, community investment and sustainability and seeks to empower sustainable growth for our people, our markets and our world.

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Case Studies Partner

CSI Nuffield

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Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions is the largest government department in the United Kingdom, and is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. It is supported by 13 agencies and public bodies.

It was created in 2001 and has four operational organisations: Jobcentre Plus, the Pension Service, the Disability and Carers Service, and the Child Maintenance Service. It is UK’s biggest public service department and administers the state pension and a range of benefits to over 22 million claimants and customers.

Its priorities are to run an effective welfare system that enables people to achieve financial independence by providing assistance and guidance into employment, increase saving for, and security in, later life and to create a fair and affordable welfare system which improves the life chances of children.

The department is a major commissioner of external social science research, with the objective of providing the evidence base needed to inform departmental strategy, policy-making and delivery.
The Department also works with over 400 National Employers/Partners to provide opportunities for all their customers.

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Green Park

Since our inception in 2006, we have become one of the UK’s most trusted and respected advisors on senior talent across the Private, Public and Third sectors. Our 10 core practices are dedicated to delivering “right first time” results across our executive search, senior interim management, diversity consulting and board development and advisory service areas.

Green Park is a firm with more than a financial purpose; to help change the world of work. We help our customers think differently about talent to strengthen their own organisational self-interests through our services, data insights and expert commentary. In doing this, we hold ourselves accountable for not only setting, but meeting a higher standard.

We aim to grow without ever compromising our values, our pioneering spirit or our promise to provide a thoughtful and inclusive choice of the usual and unusual suspects. This commitment to supplying sustainable and “right first time” talent solutions has enabled us to achieve a 94% average client satisfaction scoring across our business and generate over 69% of our annual mandates through repeat client business.

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The #iwill campaign works in partnership with organisations across the UK to promote social action among 10-20 year-olds, and remove barriers to participation. Social action includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and to the young people themselves. These double benefits include increased skills and character development, leading to greater opportunities for social mobility; increased networks, leading to greater opportunities for social integration; and increased engagement outside of normal circles of influence leading to greater social cohesion.

So far more than 700 business, education and voluntary sector partners have committed to embedding social action into the lives of young people through #iwill pledges of support.

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