Costco and Sainsbury’s are recognised for payroll giving schemes


Arriva London, Costco and Sainsbury’s were among the organisations recognised for best practice around payroll giving schemes at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2016 on Wednesday 16 November 2016.

The awards are designed to reward innovation and promotional excellence, and recognise an organisation’s sustained effort to grow payroll giving schemes.

Payroll giving enables employees to donate money to the charity of their choice on a tax-free basis, direct from their salary.

Mediterranean Shipping Company won the best overall campaign award, and Sainsbury’s received the best promotional campaign award and best sustained campaign award in the large employer categories. Other winning organisations include Cancer Research UK, Checkatrade, and HM Revenue and Customs.

The full list of winners:

  • Best civil society employer: Cancer Research UK. Highly commended: Tenovus.
  • Best government and public sector employer: HM Revenue and Customs. Highly commended: Network Rail and Northern Ireland Civic Service.
  • Most innovative campaign, large employer: Costco. Highly commended: EE and Moy Park.
  • Most innovative campaign, medium employer: Arriva London.
  • Most innovative campaign, small employer: Checkatrade. Highly commended: Opus.
  • Best promotional campaign, large employer: Sainsbury’s. Highly commended: Capita and EE.
  • Best promotional campaign, medium employer: National Air Traffic Services (NATS). Highly commended: Arriva London.
  • Best promotional campaign, small employer: Balcas. Highly commended: McBrides.
  • Best sustained campaign, large employer: Sainsbury’s. Highly commended: Network Rail.
  • Best sustained campaign, medium employer: Mediterranean Shipping Company. Highly commended: Arriva London.
  • Best sustained campaign, small employer: Checkatrade. Highly commended: PX.
  • Best overall campaign: Mediterranean Shipping Company.
  • Corporate champion: Ian Yates, UK region admin manager at Costco.
  • Fundraiser of the year: Wendy Tapping, managing director at Hands on Payroll Giving.

Rob Wilson, minister for civil society, said: “[The] awards are well deserved and a tribute to the fantastic work of so many to encourage payroll giving. Through their commitment, generosity and skill, these organisations and individuals are helping our charities to continue their vital work. I hope others will be inspired and follow their great example, helping us to create a Britain that works for everyone.”

Adam Bryan, director of partnerships at The Institute of Fundraising, added: “Payroll giving is a really important source of funding for charities raising over £120 million every year for the causes people support. People donating through payroll giving do so on a regular monthly basis giving charities the long-term support and suitability they need to plan for the future.”