Last night saw DBS open its doors to friends and family at our offices in Navenby, Lincolnshire. The aim of the evening was for team members to share what they do with their parents, partners and family and to introduce their colleagues to their loved ones. Guests were treated to a buffet and drinks and invited to tour around our offices to see where we work.
DBS is celebrating this week after coming home winners from the prestigious FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards celebrates smaller businesses and are a chance for those businesses to shine, stand out from the crowd and make their mark within their geographical area. DBS took home the ‘Community Business of the Year’ award for the entire East Midlands area, an award which looks to honour those businesses who “partake in initiatives that support their local community or makes a positive impact through employee led activities”. The ceremony took place at the Doubletree by Hilton in Nottingham on Thursday 8th February and was attended by DBS Director, David Clarke. DBS is proud of its corporate social responsibility programme (CSR) contributing locally and internationally to worth causes. In recent years DBS has been involved with community led projects such as the Navenby and Cliff Villages Business Network and the popular Christmas In Navenby event. DBS also provides website support to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and local charity, Star Trust. Forging strong bonds with local schools and universities, DBS has also been involved in mentoring schemes at the University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University and with the Mission Mentor scheme, as well as providing work experience opportunities for students at the Priory Academy LSST and Sir William Robertson Academy. Last year, DBS gave back to its own employees by becoming Lincolnshire’s first Employee Owned Company, a move which drew praise from FSB Judges for it’s “ambitious model”. Click below to watch a short video from the FSB with David Clarke discussing what it means to be a community minded business:
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DBS has proudly worked with local schools for over 10 years to arrange work experience placements for students, helping to better prepare them for the world of employment. Alfie Cornish is the latest pupil from nearby school Sir William Robertson Academy to spend a week at DBS’s Navenby based office. Alfie has spent time shadowing staff, working on web design, pay-per-click and social media projects to give him an insight into the world of online marketing. “We’ve been very pleased with Alfie’s performance and have enjoyed having him with us for the week.” commented DBS Director, David Clarke.
We recently held our first ever Parents & Partners Evening at our offices in Navenby. The aim of the evening was for team members to share what they do at DBS Internet Marketing with parents, partners and family and show what makes DBS different. "When you think about it, you probably spend more time with work colleagues than with your partners or close family," explained Director, David Clarke. "It's natural that you talk about work at home and I wanted people to able to put a face to the name." Mums, dads and partners were invited to sit down for a one to one with David who talked about how team members are getting on and where DBS is going. "While trying to avoid sounding like a headmaster it was important to me to give feedback to parents and partners about how proud I am of the DBS team and how important our people are to us," said David Clarke. Guests were treated to a buffet and Prosecco. The youngest person attending was Alex, the two and a half year old son of Online Marketing Manager James Hopkins. The first thing he said to his dad the following morning when he woke up was “Hello Daddy, I had a lovely day yesterday at work with all your friends. Let’s do it again!”
DBS are proud to have made a donation to the Navenby Defibrillator Appeal. Three defibrillators have been purchased in a scheme initiated by the parish council. No-one in Navenby will be more than 500 metres from a defibrillator which is a fantastic achievement. DBS director David Clarke is also chairman of the Navenby & Cliff Villages Business Network. Pictured here are network members presenting a cheque for £1,000 to the defibrillator appeal at a village meeting. Images courtesy of Ian Bracegirdle Photography
DBS is based in a rural environment in the village of Navenby, Lincolnshire which was voted by The Sunday Times as one of Britain's best villages to live in. However, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, it can be up to 8 minutes or more before a paramedic or an ambulance can reach the village. Being quickly able to reach a Public Access Defibrillator can make a genuine difference. Navenby Parish Council are equipping the village with 3 Public Access Defibrillators. The intention is to mount the 3 defibrillators at equidistant points within the village which would mean that no-one should be more than 500m from the nearest unit. It's understood that when 999 is called an access code will be given over the phone and the caller will be told the location of the nearest defibrillator. As soon as the access code is entered onto a keypad in the storage unit the defibrillator is released and begins to give clear audio instructions. Public Access Defibrillators are potential life-savers. Not every cardiac arrest will benefit from defibrillation but, for those that might, it is a fact that the chances of a successful outcome decrease by 7-10% for every minute that defibrillation is delayed. LIVES, Lincolnshire’s own First Responder organisation, attended 210 cases within the year ending March 2015 in which the use of a defibrillator was necessary – in 95 of these cases, the individual’s heart rhythm was restored and the emergency services were able to take over. Defibrillators can and do make a significant difference ! David Clarke, director of DBS Internet Marketing and also the chair of Navenby Business Network commented "I'm very pleased that DBS was able to contribute to this fantastic cause. The £4500 purchase price for the 3 defibrillators is quite a modest sum compared to the combined turnover of our local businesses. A donation from local businesses could help to make the purchase of these defibrillators a reality."