Our close-knit community of colleagues is really important to us. We understand that there is much more to working life than just performing your job role. As a firm, we support participation in charity events, encourage social activities and actively contribute to initiatives across the IP industry.
Having a diverse workforce is important to us. We were one of the founding members of IP Inclusive, which promotes and improves diversity, equality and inclusion within the IP industry. We also conduct diversity training for colleagues and managers.
In 2019 we started working with universities and national diversity initiatives to encourage graduates from a wider range of social backgrounds and ethnicities to apply for roles in IP
Through our charity matching scheme, we raise thousands of pounds for charity each year. Colleagues have done everything from triathlons, walks and baking to cycling from Lands’ End to John O'Groats.
In 2018, we raised £15,000 for Save the Children and in 2021 we are supporting Macmillan via their Games Night initiative.
We are a paperless environment and we have reduced our use of plastic by installing water taps and removing plastic cups. We minimise our carbon foot print through the use of video conferencing technology to reduce the need to travel for meetings.
Where travel is required, typically public transport is preferred. Employees are also able to participate in our cycle to work scheme. We are also proud to work with a range of clients on renewable energy and technology.
Our Employee Assistance Programme provides access to confidential support. We also have an intranet wellbeing hub, and Mental Health First Aiders in each office and for the Academy. We also actively participate in initiatives such as World Mental Health Day.
In 2021 we launched our ‘Let’s Get Social’ initiative, inviting employees across the UK to join together virtually for activities such as book clubs, yoga classes, cooking classes and art lessons.