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British Gas Scoops 'Business of the Year' Award

British Gas employees have been recognised for their fundraising and contribution to their local community, as British Gas won the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ award at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2013.

The judges singled out British Gas for the top prize for its work with a range of charities including Shelter, Great Ormond Street Hospital and for its work in helping in local communities.

In 2012, British Gas and its employees raised £750,000 for Great Ormond Street by undertaking a gruelling 760 mile bike ride over nine days taking in British Gas sites from Uddingston to Windsor.

The win reflects the many ways in which British Gas works closely within the communities it serves. One example is the British Gas Energy Trust which offers grants to struggling households to help them pay bills and clear household debts. British Gas has donated a total of £45.8m to date. During 2012, the Trust gave more than 16,000 grants which totalled over £10m.

Ian Peters, Managing Director of Residential Energy at British Gas, said:

“As an energy company, we have a big responsibility to help the households and the communities where we work and operate.

“Whether it’s improving Britain’s homes in the private rental sector with Shelter, raising millions of pounds for Great Ormond Street or working with local charities around Britain, we’re making a real difference to people’s lives.

“This award is for everyone in British Gas who gives their time and energy to help others.”

Katie Simmons, Senior Fundraising Manager, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, said:

“We are thrilled that British Gas won the Business of the Year award. This is a real testament to the hard work that everyone across the business has put into supporting Great Ormond Street Hospital, and well deserved after the incredible efforts at British Gas Bikes Britain last year. The money raised, and the ongoing support from British Gas, will enable the hospital to treat more critically ill children in world-class facilities”.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of the Housing and Homelessness charity Shelter said:

“A huge congratulations to British Gas on being awarded ‘Business of the Year’. It’s a great reward for all the hard work that has been put into supporting Shelter by British Gas and its employees.”

More than 400 guests attended the ceremony on London’s Park Lane including Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society.

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