Rothera Sharp is delighted to be a finalist in the Social Commitment Award category at the East Midlands Chamber Enterprising Women Awards 2018.
The awards, which took place on Friday 2nd March at Winstanley House in Leicester celebrated businesswomen across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire who have excelled in their field of expertise over the last 12 months.
The firm put itself forward for the Social Commitment category after teaming up with Age UK Notts to launch and support its Trees of Life campaign. The idea was borne out of the firm’s Business Development partner Christina Yardley’s longstanding relationship with the charity and her support of older and more vulnerable people in the county through offering free legal advice clinics via Age UK Notts.
The campaign, which was launched at a BBQ networking event held by Rothera Sharp in September 2017, encourages individuals and businesses to sponsor 750 trees which will be planted in various locations across Nottinghamshire. The money raised from sponsorship, which currently stands at over £14,000, will be used to help Age UK Notts continue to provide vital services for the elderly, including offering support and regular visits to an older lonely person by Age UK trained volunteers.
Currently 300 trees have been sponsored by a number of individuals and businesses, not only helping the charity towards its aim of reaching £75,000 but also having a beneficial impact on the local community and environment as well as leaving a lasting legacy across the county.
Competition within the Social Commitment category was strong, with Rothera Sharp shortlisted for the award alongside NWG Network, Loates HR and G Wathall and Son. Other categories at the awards included Apprentice of the Year, Female Employee of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Business Woman of the Year, Social Commitment and Team of the Year.
Christina Yardley, Business Development Partner at Rothera Sharp said: “Through our collaboration with Age UK Notts on Trees of Life, the campaign has already raised a significant amount of funds for the charity which will make a huge difference across the county. We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award, especially among such strong competition.”