Arriva London wins Payroll Giving Platinum Award two years running
We are extremely proud to announce that, for the second year running, through the continued generosity of our staff, we have been awarded the prestigious Charity Aids Foundation Payroll Giving Platinum Award.
To receive this award, companies are required to demonstrate their continued commitment to Payroll Giving by encouraging staff to give through their payroll, and to have at least 20% of their staff contributing throughout the year.
As we mentioned in an earlier story this month, our Platinum bus, painted this colour to celebrate the same achievement last year, has moved from our Palmers Green garage in north London where it operated on route 141, to our Brixton garage, and can now be seen on various routes in the south and central London areas.
The bus, decorated with many logos of the charities our staff support, will soon be having an upgrade to show the 2017 Payroll Giving Award logo. So, if you see it out and about, give us a toot and maybe take a selfie by it and post it on social media.
The Platinum bus advertising points out that over 1,000 of our staff give to over 160 different charities through their pay each and every week, and we are continually striving to encourage more of our staff to do just that, to maintain this standard.
Our campaign theme, ‘It’s easy to give with Payroll Giving, your colleagues do it every day’, has been promoted through weekly road shows at each of the company’s London garages, together with a poster and video campaign telling givers’ stories and responses from the charities that are the recipients.
All participants in the scheme enter a company quarterly draw which gives four winners each a cheque from Arriva London for £250 for their chosen charity.
All givers are also entered into a ballot, giving them the chance to be one of the participants in Arriva London’s Lord Mayor’s Show entry, which this year will feature the Arriva London’s Heritage Fleet open-top Routemaster RMC 1464.
Peter Batty our commercial Director said:
"We are delighted to have won this award again, and are continuing to develop the campaign going forward. Painting our HV 64 bus Platinum is an original way to show to the millions of people who use and see our buses every day, just how generous our staff are and how very proud we are of their giving, and the way this provides sustainable income for hundreds of charities."
If you would like to become part of the Arriva London team and subsequently join the Payroll Giving charitable team, then please click here.
Published : Thu 14th Apr. 2016 - Wed 18th May. 2016
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