UK’s FIRST SHOPPING CENTRE TO WIN ETHICAL WORKPLACE ACCREDITATION 11/10/17
Innovative place-based regeneration specialists Hometown Plus today announced they have been awarded the fairplace Award ®, the prestigious ethical workplace accreditation run by leading UK property charity, the Ethical Property Foundation.
The fairplace Award ® - developed in partnership with the property industry - allows businesses to demonstrate practical commitment to people, local community and planet. The York Place Shopping Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, run by Hometown Plus and Riddell TPS on behalf of the landlord, is the latest accreditation for this new Award which is fast gaining respect across the property industry. www.fairplaceaward.com
Mike Riddell, Managing Director of Hometown Plus, says “I am delighted to have secured this accreditation, which gives independent validation of our approach to revitalising this once-failing shopping centre. Our partnership with the YMCA as a new anchor tenant has allowed us to use wasted space in ways that benefit local people and strengthen the community by delivering a wide range of daily events for everyone. We are now working with our tenants to further improve the shopping centre as a place that is good for people, communities and our planet.”
The project recently reached a further milestone by launching the centre's CounterCoins - a new currency designed by local young people that will be used as the catalyst to inspire people to volunteer at community and charity events, in return for rewards. For every hour volunteered, the volunteer will earn five CounterCoins with a total value of £5 - which can be spent at outlets within the town centre.
Paul Collins, Manager of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Business Improvement District (BID) says “The news that York Place has become the first ever shopping centre to be accredited with the fairplace Award is fantastic for Newcastle-under-Lyme; it shows the commitment of Hometown Plus and Riddell TPS to revitilising this once run-down shopping centre. The BID engages in a range of great working partnerships, supporting plans including new projects and activities in the shopping centre that help to increase the popularity of the town centre.”
"At a time when businesses must demonstrate they are part of wider society, fairplace is a comprehensive accreditation which aligns good ethics with best practice across Finance, Procurement, HR, and Facilities Management as part of core business planning.” says Ethical Property Foundation Chief Executive Antonia Swinson. “This is our first shopping centre to achieve the Award – an exciting first!”
All income from the fairplace Award supports the charitable work of the Ethical Property Foundation which provides property advice to charities and community groups. The Foundation is preferred supplier of land and property advice to the Charity Commission.