Whitbread and Think Money scoop Payroll Giving Awards at No 11


The Whitbread Group and Think Money, a financial services and advice company each scooped two of the Awards at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards on Monday night. Held at No 11 Downing Street. The Awards celebrated and recognised the very best payroll giving schemes in the UK. 



Whitbread plc won Best Large Employer and the overall Best Payroll Giving Campaign for their success in achieving a 20% take-up from an extrememly transient workforce. Think Money, who won Best SME Campaign and Best Innovative Promotional Partnership categories had achieved unprecedented take-up figures of 88% of their total workforce and 90% of new starters. They managed this by integrating payroll giving into their overall CCI programme and focusing giving clearly on a range of charity partners including Jubilee Action, the international children's charity.

Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury in her first official role and Sir Gus O'Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, presented the Awards. Both spoke as former payroll givers who had not continued to give when leaving posts - and both highlighted the need to look at portability - the automatic transfer of payroll giving donations from employer to employer.

The full list of winners is:

Best Overall Campaign - Whitbread

• Best Launch of a New Scheme - Inventive Leisure
• Best Re-Launch of an Existing Scheme - Close Brothers
• Best SME Campaign - Think Money Group
• Best Large Employer Campaign - Whitbread
• Best Civil Society Employer Campaign - Marie Curie Cancer Care
• Best Public Sector Employer Campaign - HM Revenue and Customs
• Best Innovative Promotional Partnership - Think Money Group

New Platinum Quality Mark Award

The Right Hon. Chloe Smith, the new Economic Secretary to the Treasury announced the launch of a new Platinum category to the Payroll Giving Quality Mark. The Platinum Award will be given to employers achieving a minimum of 20% take-up of their payroll giving schemes



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