Community efforts to be praised through De Montfort University’s business awards backing

Businesses in Leicester who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities are set to be celebrated at the annual Leicester Mercury Business Awards. 

The Contribution to the Community Award is one of 14 categories on offer at the awards and focusses on those that have contributed positively to the community, whether it be through society-led projects or supporting local suppliers. 

This year, the category has received the generous backing of De Montfort University (DMU) as they confirm their support as category sponsors. 

The university, which is also headlining the Leicester Mercury Business Awards, is home to more than 23,000 students and is the main provider of higher education for people from Leicestershire. 

Professor Dana Brown works as the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise)/Dean, Faculty Business of Law at De Montfort University, and highlighted the ways in which this category aligns with the university: 

“This award reflects the values we hold dear at DMU: those of civic responsibility, social enterprise and public service. 

“We are grateful to all of our business partners for their contribution to our community and the opportunity they give us to be a part of the creativity and innovation shaping the future.” 

 “DMU is a key education partner for the business community” Professor Brown went on to discuss the other ways in which the university has an impact on the Leicestershire community. “And, our support takes many forms. Our academic and professional support staff help businesses to grow, thrive and innovate.” 

“We create programmes for existing managers and leaders, offer a suite of degree apprenticeship courses to develop talent or work with companies to help bring new products to market.” 

DMU has been named the best university in the country for helping students to find highly-skilled work or further study, in a league table based upon TEF metrics. 

The establishment was also named as one of the ‘200 best young universities in the world – those under the age of 50’ by the Times’ Higher Education magazine in 2018.

And, this level of excellence looks to continue far into the future with the university’s goals for the future firmly in sight as Professor Brown explains: 

“Our work with regional businesses and entrepreneurs – is a key component of promoting our city and strengthening our local communities. We are really proud to be working with businesses in many different ways; through Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, training, coaching, consulting and co-creating.”

The business awards will reach their climax with a glittering awards ceremony at Leicester’s Maher Centre on Thursday 11 April 2019. 

For more information about the Leicester Mercury Business Awards visit the dedicated website.

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