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Campaign to improve community/business relations launched

10 May 2016

Carillion will officially launch its national collaboration initiative to encourage better community and business relations today.

It will also announce the results of its six month research to provide proof of the need and potential benefits of the campaign.

Findings of the survey released in advanced of this afternoon's event at the Building Centre in London's Store Street include the result that more than 60% of charity and community groups do not know how to get the most out of their partnerships.

The survey also revealed that 81% of community and charity groups say skills-based support would benefit them.

Carillion says this shows that businesses should look beyond traditional fundraising and casual volunteeering.

The company also states that 75% of business believe positive community engagement is directly linked to their success.

However, 55% of businesses said there is a mismatch between what they offer charity or community groups and what they actually need and less than half had supported communities through skills-based volunteering.

Providing further emphasis on the potential benefits, Carillion says that it attributes a return of £33.8m due to its sustainable and community initiatives, which is further explained in its sustainability report, published this week.

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