The brands that make up our Leisure Division include Frankie & Benny’s, which had a long standing partnership with Children in Need, raising large amounts for a charity close to our hearts as a family brand. In more recent years Frankie & Benny’s has assisted amazing children’s charities such as Rays of Sunshine, and Together for Short Lives.
Also in the Leisure Division, Chiquito raised money for Children with Cancer UK with the funds going towards supporting families during extremely difficult times.
Other Leisure brands have linked with Global’s Make Some Noise, and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).
In 2018 we have joined together for the very first time to form a different kind of partnership with a national charity. Each employee was given the opportunity to vote for our charity partner and they chose Cancer Research UK.
The team of over 12,000 colleagues will concentrate their efforts on making a difference physically by giving up their precious spare time volunteering, and financially by raising money through special events throughout the year.
We’re very excited about the new style partnership and look forward to a successful 2018!
Our Concessions Division, mainly based in airport locations around the country work extremely hard for a range of charities.
The School Club Zambia charity was founded in 2011 to work in partnership with community schools in Zambia to ensure children have access to a relevant and sustainable education; helping them become financially self-sufficient, up-scale vocational education and improve employment potential in the community. Since our partnership began in December 2013, we have raised nearly £40,000 with donations largely came from a proportion of the sale of selected dishes sold at some of our Concessions pub brands.
Our team at Joes Kitchen, Manchester Airport has been working with Manchester Enterprise Academy since 2013 to create curriculum visits; which amongst other things gives students the opportunity to visit our restaurants to practice life skills & broaden their appreciation of food and eating out through fun activities including designing their own smoothies and pizzas.
The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity that supports 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Our Concessions team at London Luton Airport support The Prince’s Trust programme by enabling 18 to 30 year olds to work in our units at London Luton Airport. We give them an insight into working life for two weeks, which in some cases, has led to participants being employed as permanent team members.
Since 2009, the Concessions team have also fundraised for The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and sponsored 17 Guide Dogs through various fundraising activities and sponsored events. In 2016, they raised £5,000 for the Name a Puppy scheme naming their first puppy ‘Simba’. During 2017 they have raised enough to Name another Puppy called “Carter”.
Our Pubs Division are situated in amazing locations in the very heart of their local communities.
Each individual pub works hard to engage with, and support many individual groups and events directly within their local area.
Additionally multiple pubs often get together to support national charities, including throwing themselves into 'National Jumper Day' raising money for Save the Children, and participating in 'National coffee morning week' for Macmillan nurses.
Two employees from the Hayhurst Arms recently completed a huge canoe challenge whereby they canoed 266 miles for the Joshua Tree charity which supports families affected by childhood cancer. Also, a team member from the Armoury walked the Cornish coastline for Shrewsbury Ark, a local homeless charity, and the Brain Tumour Society.
As our pubs are very dog friendly they encourage widespread backing for dogs charities, joining in local dog walks and supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and Dog’s Trust.
We also engage with local schools, hosting educational workshops in our restaurants where pupils learn about Frankie & Benny's and see the work we do first hand.
Charities Aid Foundation Give As You Earn
In early 2014 the Group teamed up with the Charities Aid Foundation to allow our team members the facility to donate to their favourite charities directly from their salary. This enables employees to make a regular donation in a tax efficient way to registered charities and also local clubs, parent teacher associations and even Scout or Brownie groups.