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London businesses awarded for community engagement

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and LondonlovesBusiness.com Top 20 Fastest-Growing Company Lakehouse were amongst the winners of the 2011 Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards held recently. Now in its 24th year, the awards celebrate community engagement of both large and small companies in the capital.

The nominees included the likes of KPMG, UBS and charities including Islington-based St Luke’s Trust. This year, winners included Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which led a scheme in Tower Hamlets to develop business awareness and financial literacy of 12-15-year olds in the area. Lakehouse, another winner, created training and employment for disadvantaged individuals through their ‘Building Lives Training Academy’.

Winners of the 2011 Lord Mayor’s Dragon awards

Education Award: Bank of America Merrill Lynch for their Financial Education & Employability Programme

Economic Regeneration Award:  Lakehouse for for Building Lives / Lakehouse Legacy

Social Inclusion Award: ISG for Downside Fisher Youth Club Community Engagement

Community Partners Award: St Luke’s Trust for Hogan Lovell’s LLP

Heart of the City Award: Catlin Underwriting Agencies Ltd  for St Paul’s Way Trust School – Catlin Partnership and eFinancialCareers for for Future Unlimited

Lord Mayor’s Award: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for Freshfields London Community Programme

Annoncing the winners, Lord Mayor Michael Bear said: “This year’s entrants to the Dragon Awards have created over 5,000 work opportunities in the capital and contributed over 12,500 days of volunteering. The quality of each entrant has been undoubtedly strong and in every way impressive, with initiatives undertaken by Catlin Underwriting with St Paul’s Way Trust School offering prime examples of how effective volunteering can be when applied from all levels.

“While entry-level and support staff form an integral part of the process, involvement from senior members is extremely valuable; it ensures that the skill spectrum provided is wide enough to meet any issue at hand. Here at the City of London Corporation, we practice what we preach and ensure that senior staff, including myself, confront social issues directly by offering our skills to those who need it. Strong leadership sets a good example and is a rewarding way in which to deliver significant, high pact initiatives,” he said.




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