An Ellon financial services company has been recognised for its continuous support of non-profit-making organisations in the North-east.
Phil Anderson Financial Services, which has offices in Aberdeen, Ellon and Caithness, was awarded as the regional winner of the Small Business Big Heart Award for Aberdeen.
The accolade, which recognises small businesses across the UK that go to great efforts to support their local communities, was presented to managing director Phil Anderson by Scott Baxter, deputy chief executive of Aberdeen Cyrenians.
The financial services company, which specialises in mortgages, investments and pensions, donates £10 to Aberdeen Cyrenians every time one of its clients sets up a mortgage.
The initiative has raised a total of £1,710 for the charity so far this year, which helps to support homeless and vulnerable people in the area.
Phil Anderson Financial Services also supports numerous sports and social clubs in Aberdeen, Ellon and Oldmeldrum and regularly donates raffle prizes to local schools and charities.
Through its sponsorship of the Oldmeldrum Charity Golf Open Day, the firm was able to select Diabetes UK as a beneficiary.
Rufus Bazley, marketing director at BusinessesForSale.com, the organiser of the Small Business Big Heart campaign, said: “We were very impressed with the charitable efforts of Phil Anderson Financial Services, as it’s evident that the entire team are committed to creating a positive impact for the area through donations and participating in fundraising activities.
“It’s very inspiring to see a small business so involved with its local community and we can only hope that it encourages other SMEs across the UK to regularly support causes in their area.”
Phil Anderson said: “It is an honour to receive the Small Business Big Heart award, as supporting local, worthwhile causes means a lot to me and the team.
“My staff often participate in fundraising events and I support this by giving them the time off work.
“I also like to take part and raise money for charity, this year was the third year that I’ve swam 22-miles to raise money for Diabetes UK and Aspire.
“Not all companies are in the position to hand out big cheques all the time, but it doesn’t need to be about large gestures, we’re able to do our bit through a number of small activities.”