In September 2018, the then new Klarius CEO Mark Brickhill established a Works Council, one of a number of initiatives to improve employee engagement and feedback within the company and externally with the local community. The Works Council members chose Dougie Mac (Douglas Macmillan Hospice) to be the Charity of the Year for 2019, and have again for 2020.
Community Champion Natalie Parry from the finance department at Klarius Cheadle HQ leads the effort and said “I’m delighted that together we have managed to raise over £6,000 for Dougie Mac in our Community Programme’s first year. It’s a wonderful local charity which has supported many friends and relatives of staff members, as well as some who have retired.”
John Bennett, from Manufacturing and who is Works Council Chair added “Dougie Mac is more than just a hospice. I’ve had mates benefit directly from it, providing them with continuous support and care when they’ve needed it most. Dougie Mac improves the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses providing physical, emotional, spiritual and social support for both them and their families.”
Mark Brickhill said “I’m very proud of Team Klarius and we aim to do even more in 2020 to support the outstanding work of the exceptional team at Dougie Mac who do so much for our local community.”
Lauren Beresford from Dougie Mac accepted the cheque presented by Natalie on behalf of Team Klarius thanking them and saying “it is so very important that local businesses and their employees get involved and help fund our work. We support around 3,500 people and their families in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent each year costing over £12 million. Our services rely on local fundraising, so a massive thank you to all the Team at Klarius.”
Klarius Products Ltd is the largest manufacturer of aftermarket emissions equipment in the UK employing over 260 people at the Brookhouses Industrial Estate in Cheadle, Staffordshire.
Note: About the Klarius Community Programme
The Klarius Works Council, together with a cross section of team members developed a Values & Behaviours company ETHOS under the banner “Our strength is the sum of all the individuals who work with us.” The “H” stands for “Heart & Soul Externally” and includes the principle that “We care for people and the planet in order to be a force for positive change, including giving back to the communities in which we live and work.” From this the Klarius Community Programme was born.