MP Michael Tomlinson has praised a Corfe Mullen business that was runner-up in a competition in which it was up against major brands including Marks and Spencer and Heineken UK.
Lesley Shand Funeral Directors had previously won East Dorset District Council’s ‘best business in the community’ award and was nominated for the national competition by Mr Tomlinson.
The All Party Corporate Responsibility Group’s ‘Responsible Business Champion’ title was fought over by 20 major companies from across the country – many of them household names.
Lesley Shand is a long-standing company in Corfe Mullen and has always made a point of being more than a business.
Mr Tomlinson, the MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, said: “I was delighted to have nominated Lesley Shand for this national award.
“I know that the All Party Group received a record number of nominations this year, and I am particularly pleased that the good work of Lesley Shand has been recognised.
“A wide variety of companies from across the UK were nominated by MPs, from small high street businesses to large companies.
“Their activities range from hairdressing and insurance to forestry, hospitality and motor-racing. The one thing they have in common is their commitment to their customers, employees and communities – and Lesley Shand is no exception.”
Nick Douch, managing director of the group, said: “Winning the Best Business Supporting the Community award was much deserved for the branch.
“And the nomination for the national award was very unexpected – especially as brands such as Pfizer Ltd and Zurich Insurance were in the mix.
“There is a great team at Lesley Shand who work hard not just for the business but for the community.
“Across the group we try and do our bit, whether that is sponsoring sports clubs, leagues and events, holding bereavement group sessions, organising community functions or doing charity work.
“Like Lesley Shand, many of our branches have been around for a long time and we feel it is our responsibility to help in the community which we have served for so long.”