Smiths News extends payroll giving scheme

Smiths News is extending its payroll-giving scheme to its 400 Bertram Books employees.

The scheme, provided by Workplace Giving UK, is now available to 5,300 staff at the newspaper and magazine wholesaler. Kerrie Colford, community programme manager at Smiths News, said: “We wanted to provide staff with a way to give to charity. They wanted to give via payroll because it was tax-efficient and it goes directly to the charity. It is a win-win for everybody.”

The scheme has been in place for 18 months for Smiths News’ employees, but was not promoted and had a very low take-up. While launching it to Bertram Books’ staff, the organisation relaunched it to Smiths News staff too, and boosted take-up.

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