DBS’s James Hopkins was delighted to take part in the judging of this year’s North Kesteven District Council’s Community Champion Awards last week. The awards which take place every year are put in place to recognise those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ for their community. Out of 107 nominations made by thankful residents, the team of judges have picked out 28 finalists who will be invited to a celebration on Wednesday October 10th where winners will be formally announced. Last year, DBS themselves came away from the ceremony with the award of ‘Community Business’ of The Year. The award recognised DBS’s significant contribution to the village of Navenby through a range of initiatives including founding the Navenby Business Network, funding defibrillator units as well as supporting local charities and schools. DBS are pleased to be sponsoring this year’s award.
DBS have been announced as finalists in the North Kesteven District Council’s Community Champion Awards from a pool of 80 nominations.Each year, North Kesteven District Council’s Community Champion Awards recognises those who have gone above and beyond for their community.DBS were nominated for the "Community Business" category by local parish councillor Keith Lamyman for the neighbourly contributions that have made a difference to the local community.Employee owned DBS operates a corporate social responsibility programme (CSR), contributing locally and internationally to worthy causes. Locally, DBS director David Clarke founded the Navenby Business Network.DBS also made a very significant contribution to the village being equipped with three defibrillator units, a life-saving and essential safety measure for rural locations.DBS provide website support to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. They also provide a website free of charge to local charity Star Trust. DBS have worked closely with local schools Priory LSST and William Robertson for more than a decade to provide work experience opportunities.DBS is also active in two mentoring schemes. For the last 6 years David and his team have worked hard to initiate and continue a mentoring scheme for University of Lincoln students in their final year. This mentoring service involves CV advice, conducting practice interviews and giving careers guidance to students who may be unprepared for the demands of the world of work.David also mentors for a Lincolnshire scheme called Mission Mentor, giving children in care in the county a chance to gain valuable guidance on education and work as well as motivation. The award ceremony will take place on the evening of October 19th.