Chairman of Beaverbrooks The Jewellers, Mark Adlestone, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Mr Adlestone was given the award for Services to Business and Charity in recognition of Mark’s charity and communal work but particularly how he applies these philanthropic values to business.
Mark passionately believes philanthropy should run right throughout a business and he continually inspires and enables the 900 colleagues at Beaverbrooks to get involved in their own charity and communal projects.
“Our purpose is enriching peoples’ lives. Jewellery and watches are a way to make money, and we use that money to enrich the lives of our community, our staff, our customers and our charities,” Mr Adlestone told Professional Jeweller in a recent interview.
This latest accolade comes after Mark was recognised as UK’s Best Leader for the fifth time in the ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2015’. This award was based on his dedication to running the business on sound moral principles and inspiring his employees.
Commenting on his upcoming OBE, Mark said: “I have long felt that the world of business should work hand in hand with the worlds of philanthropy, values, ethics and community. As a business, we embrace this philosophy and I am thrilled that this honour celebrates this fact.
Mark added: “We feel we have become an example of corporate philanthropy to much larger organisations and we are extremely proud to lead by example through our purpose of Enriching Lives.”
Beaverbrooks donates 20% of post-tax profits to charity via ‘The Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust’ and the business also empowers its people with its time-giving initiative and by matching any funds raised by teams for their own charities. Today, Mark dedicates one day a week to his charity and communal work which includes his role as Chairman of The Fed: the leading social and welfare organisation within the Jewish community of Greater Manchester.
Beaverbrooks has donated in excess of £9million to charities since the year 2000.