Our Communities

 

Community

At Stateside Foods our pledge is to make a positive difference to our local community through our support of charitable causes. We not only provide donations to a number of worthy charities but we also play a major support role within our community.

Our staff regularly go out into the community as part of our litter-picking initiative, working to keep our local area clean and tidy and a nicer place to live and work. The litter-picks also work as a way to support our nominated charities, Bolton Hospice and The Christie, as we donate £10 to each charity for every bag of litter collected by our teams.


Education and school support

One of our key community goals is to increase awareness of Stateside Foods and the food and drink manufacturing industry and to raise the career aspirations of local young people.

Young Enterprise

Each year since 2015, Stateside Foods have sponsored a local team of students to take part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme, allowing them to experience what it’s really like to set up and run a business. The Young Enterprise programmes provide practical ways for young people to get a taste of the world of work and the excitement of running a business. Through these programmes, students gain a first-hand insight into the career of local employees and learn about the skills which are valued in the workplace.

Over the course of the Young Enterprise project , the students make all the decisions about their company, from designing their product and raising initial share capital, through to selling directly to customers and ultimately winding up the company and paying their taxes. All this takes place with the support of Business Advisors from Stateside Foods. Stateside Foods’ contribution to Young Enterprise helps teachers embed practical business skills and careers advice into the curriculum.

Feeding Britain’s Future

Volunteers from Stateside Foods have been back to school to inspire and educate students about the world of work. The volunteers took part in IGD’s Feeding Britain’s Future, which provides guidance to 13 – 17-year-olds on the skills needed in the workplace and insight into the variety of jobs available in the food and grocery supply chain.

The volunteers share their knowledge, experience and career stories with the students at local high schools, helping to bring the food and grocery industry to life. The workshops also feature activities designed to build confidence and develop key employability skills like communication, teamwork and decision-making. Since the Feeding Britain’s Future school workshops began 35,000 students have attended a workshop.

This year saw the introduction of specific workshops for Year 12 science and maths students. The workshops are supported by industry volunteers with a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) background such as engineers, food scientists and technologists. The activities are designed to help the students discover the STEM careers available in our industry. Stateside Foods’ volunteers have attended workshops in 6 schools in the north-west, during 2018-19. These workshops will aid the school in achieving the new Gatsby standards, which ensure students have a real life experience and interaction with an employer.

STEM Days, Interview skills and CV Writing Workshops

We support several schools with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) days where we run workshops, which link fun activities to real-life work based projects. Our aim here is to give students an insight into the real world of manufacturing whilst understanding the value of the subjects they learn in school.

Stateside Foods assist our local schools with mock interviews, CV writing workshops and packaging design competitions.

Greater Manchester Careers and Enterprise Adviser Network

The aim of this network is to ensure that young people have at least one meaningful encounter with an employer or experience of the world of work for every year that they are in compulsory education. Research shows that young people who have at least four encounters are 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career.

At the moment only 40% of schools offer young people this kind of encounter, and unemployment among young people is three times higher than overall unemployment.

Stateside Foods have worked for many years with local schools, to educate students in the world of work and more specifically, to introduce young people to the abundance of career opportunities available within Food and Drink manufacture. The network has provided a platform in which Stateside Foods can do this in a more formal and collaborative way, sharing best practice with like-minded businesses in the Greater Manchester region, enabling us to inspire our young people and provide them with the best start on their journey to a succesful and satisfying career.

Stateside currently provide the Enterprise Adviser for local school, Westhoughton High School and through this partnership, students have participated in STEM related career workshops and Social Enterprise projects. Stateside employees have shared their routes into their chosen career and demonstrated the daily activities of the many different teams that make up our successful business.

Community Organisations

As part of our aim to encourage and promote an active lifestyle, we are sponsors of Bolton Arena, which is a non profit organisation, offering low price sports facilities to local people. It is through our relationship with Bolton Arena, that we are able to offer all of our people free gym membership.

We are corporate sponsors of The Octagon Theatre in Bolton, who work with young people through their Academy. The Academy works to build confidence in these young people by providing them with opportunities to write, perform and tour their own productions across Bolton, that they otherwise would not have.

Community Events

Stateside Foods have been proud to call Bolton it’s home for over 25 years and our fantastic team of over 1000 talented individuals reside in the local areas in and surrounding Bolton.

Bolton is known for its excellent community spirit; its desire to come together to celebrate successes, reflects our own values at Stateside Foods, where hard work and innovation are recognised and rewarded in many different ways.

Since 2013, Stateside Foods have been a main sponsor of the Bolton Food & Drink Festival. The festival brings around 270,000 visitors to Bolton and is an event which has grown and grown in both size and popularity. It is an important event for Stateside Foods as it enables us to speak to local people about the employment opportunities working with us, but it is also an important event for the community, bringing people together to celebrate the talents and successes of local people whilst supporting local businesses.

Stateside Foods sponsored the Bolton & Bury Business Awards again this year, an event which allows us to meet and celebrate all the fantastic people that help to make Bolton the thriving success story that it is.

Charity and Fundraising

We support charitable causes which may be sponsored by either the business, its employees or the local community. Our vision is to make a positive difference to our local community through this support, which is not limted to cash donations. We play a vital and positive role within the community by combining knowledge, skills and expertise for the benefit of all.

Throughout each year, our employees raise significant amounts of money towards charitites of their choice. We support their work by matching the money raised.

Our current nominated charities are Bolton Hospice, Lagan’s Foundation and The Christie, and our workforce are actively encouraged to get involved in fund-raising events for these worthy causes. We have been the main sponsor of the Bolton Hospice Midnight Memories walk for many years now and our apprentices are regular competitors in the ‘Bolton Hospice £50 Challenge’.

We have been a patron of Lagan’s Foundation for several years. This charity supports local families of babies and children with heart defects, and our employees have raised money by taking part in their annual bike ride.

Throughout the year, we hold various events, to raise funds for both The Christie and Bolton Hospice.

We also support local, non-profit businesses through corporate sponsorship, such as The Octagon Theatre and Bolton Arena.

We are involved in Grocery Aid, the charity associated with the retail grocery industry in the UK and we support key charities supported by our key customers, notably Tickled Pink, Tommy’s and Sue Ryder.