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  • 21 April

    livin shortlisted in Business in the Communitys Responsible Business Awards 2015

    livin has been shortlisted in the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community.

    The Responsible Business Awards is the most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business in the UK and abroad. It celebrates inspirational companies that are taking action to address social and environmental issues and transform their communities.

    The announcement of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards shortlist coincides with Responsible Business Week (20-26 April 2015) an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society.

    The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the variety of ways that businesses are making a difference – from investing in the wellbeing of employees, to helping young people develop skills, or supporting small businesses to grow. 145 companies have been shortlisted in total across the UK, across the 13 award categories.

    livin was recognised for its employability and training programme, livin Futures in the Jaguar Land Rover Inspiring Young Talent Award.

    Commenting, Alan Boddy, executive director for people and communities said: “We are really proud of the positive impact the livin Futures programme has achieved so far by inspiring and helping young people to gain skills and jobs. We’re continuously adding to the programme and being shortlisted for this prestigious award is recognition that  we have a high quality, high impact offer on which to build.”

    Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said “The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the very best of business, so it is fitting to be announcing the shortlist today as part of Responsible Business Week, which raises awareness of business as a powerful force for good. We congratulate livin for playing its part in creating a fairer society and more sustainable future. The shortlisted businesses publically demonstrate that business has a greater purpose then simply generating profit and are a great example to others.”

    All shortlisted companies will be celebrated through a series of Responsible Business Gala events taking place across the UK in June.
    Of the shortlisted companies, a number will be chosen as Award Finalists to present their programme to a select group of senior business professionals in May for the chance to be crowned as overall winner in each category.  These Award Finalists will be announced on 2 June 2015.

    Overall winners will be announced in London at Business in the Community’s Annual Responsible Business Gala Dinner, in partnership with 2014 Responsible Business of the Year National Grid, on 7 July 2015.

    For further information about the 2015 shortlisted stories, visit

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  • 15 April

    County Durham project set to help tenants sharpen money skills

    A project which aims to help County Durham social housing tenants make their money go further is launching a series of courses to boost budgeting skills.

    Monkey, a partnership project funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is working with housing providers and voluntary sector organisations in County Durham to run training courses to help tenants get to grips with their finances. More than 400 people will have the opportunity to learn more about saving and managing money.

    Partners are running a variety of schemes to improve financial confidence which includes.
    Derwentside Homes which will work with 60 people on a six week accredited courses on budgeting and money management across Stanley and Consett starting in spring.

    SHAID is planning to run a number of budgeting courses for 100 young people and people who are harder to reach across County Durham.
    Homes and communities business, livin, will offer new tenants in need of support tailored pre-tenancy courses using tablets to help people build  confidence using the internet and making savings online.

    East Durham Homes is targeting its money management training at people living in rural communities in East Durham and in areas where access to banks and other financial services is more difficult.
    Fiona Christian, Monkey project manager said: “We are delighted to be supporting our partners to run these sessions. Many people have been hit hard with squeezed incomes over the last few years – these courses show that even on a tight budget you can take control of your finances and make your money go further.”

    The courses will take place over the next year in locations throughout County Durham. Most of the courses are open to anyone living in County Durham.

    For further information including course dates call Monkey on 01388 424697 or visit

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