We want Smiths News to help communities flourish. So wherever our operations are based, we encourage staff to do their bit for society.

Whatever an employee wishes to do in the service of others, our Community Link-Up programme provides them with the time to do it. That can involve volunteering to run a local Scout troop, or giving time to visit the elderly. Alternatively, it could take the form of training for a charity run, or helping out at a home for people with disabilities. The possibilities really are endless.

We run a number of charity events to enthuse and empower staff in pursuing good works. So whether it’s a cake sale to raise money for charity or a sponsored mountain walk, we give our people all the support they need to make things happen.

Our literacy schemes enable staff to visit schools and libraries and work alongside specialists in helping young people develop their reading skills. These have proved very successful, and are something that we are proud to have played a part in setting up.

Whatever we do, we want to improve the lives of people around us. Thanks to our culture of helping others, we believe we make a positive contribution to community life up and down the country.

Staff Link-Up for local football tournament

In September, Smiths News invited colleagues from across the Group to take part in its first ever football tournament, as part of the Group’s Community Link-Up programme.

26 teams put their best players forward to compete for the top spot in an indoor version of 5-a side football, giving staff from different parts of the Group a great opportunity to get to know each other in an informal way.

The event included special guest Dan Magness, a record breaking football freestyler, who was invited to the tournament to showcase his skills and teach the players some of his world-famous free styling tricks.

Smiths News believes in the importance of encouraging a sense of community between staff within the business, and plans are already being made for a similar Link-Up event to be held later in the year.