The Buckinghamshire Business First Group has a track record of dedicated support for our employees, the business community, the environment, our suppliers, and charity and community groups.
The below commitments provide reassurance to our members, partners and funders that we are a safe pair of hands in the delivery of projects and business support activity, and that we are dedicated to achieving a fair, healthy, and prosperous future for our employees and society as a whole..
The BBF Group is an accredited Living Wage Employer, meaning every member of staff earns a real Living Wage. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living. It is calculated each year and is announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week. It is currently £9.30 in the UK. livingwage.org.uk.
We are signed up to the Prompt Payment Code, showing a commitment to paying our suppliers promptly and encouraging other organisations to do likewise. smallbusinesscommissioner.gov.uk/ppc
We have achieved Cyber Essentials accreditation, demonstrating to suppliers, members and employees alike that we can be trusted with their data and have robust cyber security practices in place. cyberessentials.org/background.
We have been awarded both a Gold UK CSR Excellence Award and a Gold International CSR Excellence Award. These awards recognise our efforts towards having a positive impact on society as a whole, including providing mental health support to staff, having a diversity policy that we abide by, and reducing our carbon emissions. We have created a #NetZeroBucks campaign to encourage businesses to reduce their emissions and pursue a healthier future for all. netzerobucks.org | csr-accreditation.co.uk.
As signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant, we are committed to treating those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, fairly. We also aim to encourage other businesses to support these individuals. Buckinghamshire is home to RAF Halton, one of the largest RAF stations in the UK. armedforcescovenant.gov.uk.
Membership of the Heart of Bucks Community Investor scheme recognises our commitment to and support of local charities and communities within Buckinghamshire. heartofbucks.org/community-investors.