PNE Group Collect Industry Accolade at the Corporate Engagement Awards

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PNE Group have won a leading industry award in partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, for grant administration work supporting the delivery of the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund.

The Fund, which has already distributed £2.5m to community projects across the UK, was awarded Bronze in the Best Execution category at the Corporate Engagement Awards this week.

Summarising the strengths of the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund, judges noted, “Creating a ‘one bank’ approach to grant making with the ‘Skills and Opportunities Fund,’ the Royal bank of Scotland has boosted staff and customer engagement, and empowered lasting relationships with local communities.”

Europe’s only accolade benchmarking excellence in collaboration within corporate social responsibility and corporate philanthropy, the awards cover a diverse range of successful delivery areas, including effective partnerships, communications campaigns, and delivery processes.

David Tuck, Innovation Lead at PNE Group, who attended the awards on behalf of the team, commented, “We are very proud to receive recognition from the Corporate Engagement Awards for our work supporting the delivery of the Skills and Opportunities Fund. The award represents a fantastic team effort that has brought together different skills and strengths from across and beyond the organisation to create something very special, an effective grant management programme that is creating measurable outcomes for disadvantaged people in the UK. We would like to thank RBS for giving us the opportunity to work on a project making such an incredible impact.”

Thom Kenrick, Head of Community Programmes at RBS said, “We are very proud of the success of the Skills & Opportunities Fund. PNE Group have been an essential partner in the delivery of the Fund, which has distributed £2.5 million to 114 organisations across the UK and Ireland in under 12 months.  For this type of fund, success is best defined by impact – so it is great to know that these grants are funding projects to help people in disadvantaged communities build their skills, get into work, or start a business.”

Launched in 2015, the Fund provides support to charities and social enterprises that deliver projects for disadvantaged areas and groups, focusing on enterprise, employability and education. In addition to funding of up to £35,000 for each project, RBS also provides skills and expertise to some applicants, in particular supporting new or young projects to get the best start.

Explore the work of the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund, including examples of the great causes it has supported here, or learn more about PNE Group’s fund administration services here.