Hey there, everyone! Today, let's delve deeper into the incredible impact small businesses are making within their local communities through social responsibility.
But before we dive into the numbers, let me introduce you to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), an organisation that champions the interests of small businesses across the UK.
Who Is the FSB?
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is a dynamic network of small businesses in the UK, representing their interests and advocating for their growth and prosperity. With over 14 years of proud membership, I am Emily Design & Marketing is a part of this supportive community.
The FSB recently wrote a report discussing how small businesses are at the heart of their local communities. Lets have a look into a few stats in how small businesses are bringing communities together.
Small businesses, big hearts: Impacting communities
Volunteering and Contribution
80% of FSB members have volunteered and/or contributed to a local community organisation or charitable cause in the last three years.
The most common ways to contribute include donating time (38%) and providing skills, resources, and mentoring (32%).
27% of FSB small businesses hold a position within their local community, actively participating in various community initiatives and projects.
Support for Education
42% of small businesses engage with schools, colleges, and youth organisations, emphasising the importance of nurturing the next generation.
Work Experience Opportunities
41% of small business employers offer work experience, either as part of their recruitment process or through their community outreach.
Why these statistics matter to the design and marketing industry
Now, let's connect the dots. You might wonder why these statistics are significant to the design and marketing industry. Well, it's simple: "doing good is good for business," as championed by ORB.
Who are ORB?
The Organisation for Responsible Businesses, represents a community of businesses that prioritise social responsibility, sustainability, and ethical practices. Being a part of ORB means that businesses like us, at I am Emily Design & Marketing, are committed to making a positive impact beyond just profits.
Here's what ORB stands for:
Social Responsibility: Fostering a culture of giving back to the community.
Sustainability: Implementing eco-friendly practices and reducing our carbon footprint.
Ethical Practices: Upholding high ethical standards in all aspects of business.
Through what we do as responsible and ethical businesses, we show that you don't always need to make a financial donation to give back. Sometimes, your time, expertise, or resources can make an even greater difference.
At I am Emily Design & Marketing, we're proud to have helped numerous charities and local community projects over the years. Our commitment to social responsibility has even earned us a few awards, which we wear with pride as a testament to our dedication.
Join the conversation
Now, it's your turn! Have you witnessed the positive impact of small businesses in your community? Share your thoughts, stories, or experiences about how businesses can contribute to local well-being. And don't forget to check out our video Where Creativity Meets Community for further inspiration!
Together, we can continue to build stronger, more vibrant communities – one small business at a time.