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Big tick for good work; N.Wales firms get excellence awards.

Byline: By DAVID JONES

TWO North Wales-based companies have been awarded Big Ticks at the annual Business in the Community Wales Awards for Excellence.

Airbus UK and BHP Billiton join five other Welsh companies recognised for putting responsible business practice at the heart of their operations.

The awards encourage firms to continually improve and communicate the benefits they bring to society through community programmes and business practices.

Oil and gas company BHP Billiton received the Post Office Rural Action Award for its Enabling the Communities programme and the Impact on Society Award for its leadership and business integration with overall impact on society.

Short-listed in the latter category for a national award - to be announced at the Royal Albert Hall in London in July - Mike Kelly, vice president of BHP Billiton's Liverpool Bay Asset, said: 'We are very proud to have been awarded the Big Tick for our community investment programme.

'Our operations in Liverpool Bay have led to a significant positive impact on a number of small rural community in North Wales and primarily the Talacre area where we have invested over pounds 10m in improving people's lives. Success for us is when the communities in which we operate value our citizenship.'

Collecting a Big Tick for the second year running for its Charity Challenge programme, head of IT at Airbus UK Phil Jones said: 'We are delighted that our Charity Challenge programme has achieved a reaccreditation for the Big Tick standard of excellence.

'We have the utmost respect for the awards which assess the true impact we make in supporting our local community projects from both from fundraising and an involvement perspective.'

Peter Williams, director of Business in the Community Wales, said: 'Responsible businesses really understand the links between competitiveness and social cohesion.

'Companies that win a Big Tick are showing a commitment to collaborative action with real benefits for their business - it is much more than improving the company's image or writing a cheque for a good cause.'

Awards were also presented to Ann Beynon, BT Director Wales, who is this year's Ambassador for Business in the Community in Wales and North Wales-based Gill Ford, of NCH Cymru, who received the Sieff Award for her collaboration with business to benefit the local community

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