Corporate social responsibility programme
Supporting Brighton based charities
The CSR Programme at Plus Accounting covers all aspects of our local community and the internal environment within the firm – involving recycling of confidential and general waste, a paperless scanning programme (Iris Opendocs) and support of Ronald McDonald House Brighton, YMCA Downslink and The Clock Tower Sanctuary (our three nominated charities for the year).
Plus Accounting are an innovative and forward thinking practice – we are keen to have a positive impact on our local community and create a quality programme that invests in both our internal and external environments.
Eco- friendly Plus Accounting
How are we working towards an environmentally friendly office?
We recycle as much as possible from paper & plastics to toner cartridges and office equipment.
Reusable Water bottles
Each member of staff is provided with a re-usable water bottle. These are hand washed which reduces the amount of times a dishwasher is used.
We urge our staff to seek alternative ways of travel so we can reduce the amount of car emissions used. We promote the use of walking and cycling to work where possible and offer the chance for staff to work from home on certain occasions.
Every fortnight our team go for a walk around Preston Park to get some fresh air.
Video/ Online Calls
We strongly suggest making video calls with our clients if they are not local to Brighton as this prevents our clients from having long journeys which reduces car emissions.
Dress Down Days
We hold office dress down days which gives our team the advantage of wearing casual clothes around the office. This limits the need for air conditioning in the summer months.
We now produce birthday eCards for staff on their special day which prevent needless packaging.
Cloud based accounting software – the team are fully trained in using Xero which is a cloud based accounting software. We are also partners with Receipt Bank!
Paperless scanning, storage and filing – we use a paperless scanning programme in IRIS OpenDocs.
Supporting Brighton based charities
Plus Accounting will be supporting the Clock Tower Sanctuary, Ronald McDonald House Brighton and YMCA DownsLink in 2020/21.
We help raise funds for these charities by taking part in regular fundraising activities, hamper raffles, dress down days and more! You can keep up to date with our fundraising activities through our Team News section of the website!
YMCA DownsLink Group offers a wide range of services to children, young people and families across Sussex and Surrey. The charity provide accommodation to over 750 young people every day and reach over 15,000 children through projects in the local community such as counselling, mentoring and mental health.
The YMCA Youth Advice Centre (YAC) in Brighton supports 1,700 young people in crisis every year by providing housing, mental health, finance and more!
New Campaign: Covid-19 has had a huge impact on YMCA’s fundraising income and they need help to keep the YMCA YAC in Brighton open.
To help YMCA, we have made a donation to directly support in the following;
- Providing a safe space to access emotional, health and wellbeing services, helping with any worry or issue
- Family mediation, supporting young people through difficulties at home, preventing homelessness
- Providing support and advice for young people who are at risk, or threatened with homelessness
Together we can make a difference!
Did you know that a local charity is helping to support families with children being treated in the Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital in Brighton? Ronald McDonald House Brighton is an 18 bedroom House opposite the Hospital and has helped to support over 2,000 families.
We have decided to choose Ronald McDonald House as one of our nominated charities and the funds raised will be used to support the House using their online Amazon Gift list. If you would like to know how your business can get involved, please do not hestiate to contact us.
The Clock Tower Sanctuary helps homeless young people aged 16-25 in Brighton & Hove.
Their mission is to work with young people who are homeless or insecurely housed, to enable them to move from crisis to independence. They provide practical facilities, access to activities and professional support.
We have made the Clock Tower Sanctuary our third nominated charity this year to raise awareness and funds of the amazing work they do for those in need of support at such a young age.
Find out more about The Clock Tower sanctuary and their work online here
We are hoping to raise funds for these charities by completing cake sales, hamper raffles, dress down days and supporting the charities with our time and expertise over the coming financial year.
We are part of the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign and when asked why we joined; Paul Feist advised “Plus Accounting is a firm of chartered accountants that is continuing to grow in a busy City. Hiring and retaining good quality staff is a top priority of all businesses and Brighton & Hove is not a cheap place to live. Therefore the Living Wage Campaign gives employees a better quality of life which means that businesses can grow motivated teams and secure the best people in the marketplace”.
Find out more on the importance of the Brighton Living Wage Campaign in our video here> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kpZKpboink&t=13s
Plus Accounting is also a strategic partner with Auditel, helping businesses reduce their in-house costs and allowing the money to be utilised in areas such as R&D and staff training
All of these activities help Plus Accounting become more efficient and effective and helps our clients reap the rewards of our success.
See how we can help you….
If we sound like the type of accountancy firm that you would like to work with, don’t just take our word for it, have a look at the testimonials from our clients.