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FOUNDED IN 1905 by an advertising executive for Dunlop Tyres called Arthur Wilson, BEN — Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund —has grown into a mid-size charity providing practical, financial and emotional support to anyone associated with the automotive industry.
What began as the Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund now has a workforce of 393 based at 17 sites across the country, including at the headquarters at Sunninghill, in Berkshire. The staff, more than half of whom have been with it for five years or longer, love being part of the charity (a 73% positive score).
Employees have fun in their teams (77%), with workers from each of its five care centres putting on a fete each summer. Last year these events raised £19,000 to pay for specialist equipment. When a royal visit to celebrate the 30th birthday of its Alexandra House Care Centre in Southport had to be cancelled, staff made sure a party for residents and their relatives went ahead anyway
Chief executive David Main is keen for staff at the charity to feel empowered, and intensive training is made available to everyone. Employees say it benefits them personally (71%, a top-10 ranking on the mid list).
Care staff study for qualifications in dealing with those with dementia, and in end-of-life support. People in management, supervisory and non-care roles are encouraged to take courses relevant to their own job. The annual BEN training awards recognise individual achievements.
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At least 33% of senior managers are women
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours
On-site nursery or vouchers
40% of employees with more than 5 years' service
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