Zest 4 Leisure part of P&A Group of Companies have won the Business In The Community Finance Wales Responsible Small Business of the Year Award. Zest 4 Leisure as part of the group has been recognised at this year’s Wales Responsible Business Awards for its outstanding commitment to responsible business practice, making P&A double BITC award winners following last year’s BITC win in the ‘Wales Enterprise Growth’ category.
The P&A Group of Companies received the prestigious accolade at the awards ceremony held at Cardiff City Stadium, on Thursday 25th June. Presented to Operating Director, Rhys Hughes Part of one of the UK’s longest-running and most respected awards schemes, the award recognises smaller businesses achieving commercial success, whilst still making a positive difference in the community and the environment. The award identifies companies that demonstrate a holistic, responsible approach to business within four realms- community, environment, marketplace and workplace.
Within the community, Zest 4 Leisure have contributed massively to charity, specifically The Alzheimer’s Society. Steve Morgan MD and John Vaughan, Landscaping Manager recently completed the Velothon Wales 2015 in south wales to raise money for their chosen charity, riding over 140km sponsored by customers, suppliers and friends of Zest 4 Leisure. In 2014 Steve and Key Account Manager Paul Hayes cycled to Solex for the opening of the trade show raising over £1500. As a company they have taken part in a number of fundraising activities including BITC’s Give and Gain Day and giving a much needed facelift and revamp to Caia Park’s Wrexham nurseries play area. As well as supporting local schools and educational events, P&A invited thirty-four year 10 students from The Alun high school, Mold to have a tour around the workplace as part of Responsible Business week.
The P&A Group have always aimed to leave as little impact on the environment as possible and this year has been no exception. We implemented a key performance indicator to reduce the amount of wood sent to landfill by 100%. We successfully achieved this and continue to achieve our 0% timber waste policy. From reusing rain water, to installing four biomass boilers and four 30kW solar panel systems, we continue to lead by example in the industry.
In the marketplace, P&A have established themselves in a number of ways, most notably our consistency to design and produce premium gardening and outdoor living products, without the premium price. With our entire range of timber products, produced using only FSC® certified timber, we have continued to cement ourselves firmly within the industry, whilst sending a clear statement of intent, for how we approach the way in which the P&A Group of Companies is run.The same goes for the efforts we’ve made in the workplace. We strive to be employers of choice, putting a huge amount of focus into employee training and development. From cultural diversity, encouraging women to work in what has been a predominantly male environment. Offering graduates work placements and making apprenticeships available to safeguard future growth, P&A have assembled a diverse and equal opportunities workforce.