We operate our business to achieve the maximum possible "social value".  This means trying to achieve the maximum social, economic and environmental well-being in everything we do, and avoiding causing harm.  We do this by:

  • Procuring local goods and services where possible and practicable

  • Using public transport as standard, and only using our own vehicles when public transport would take far too long

  • Choosing goods based on sustainability, such as recycled paper and plastic-free packaging

  • Recycling paper, card, glass, plastic, ink cartridges, batteries and other items

  • Use non-toxic cleaning products

  • Using technology to prevent unnecessary travel, such as video conferencing

  • Using energy efficient devices and bulbs, and ensuring that unused items are switched off

  • Paying all associates and casual staff more than the living wage

  • Procuring goods which are themselves socially responsible, such as UTZ certified coffee

We support the following charities:

  • St. Helens Mind.  Ste is a regular fundraiser and a former volunteer Trustee.

  • St. Helens Foodbank / the Trussel Trust. We organise regular gigs to promote the foodbank, and collect & deliver donated items.

  • Friends of the Lancashire Infantry Museum. Ste is a volunteer guide and we do pro bono work for the museum.

  • The Poppy Appeal and SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity. Ste gives occasional talks on the First World War, and asks that the speakers' fees are donated to one of these,

  • English Heritage (as Members and donors).

  • The National Trust (as Members and donors).

  • Canal & River Trust (Ste is a Friend and donor).

​We support St. Helens Town AFC., our local non-league football club, through sponsorship and volunteering: Ste writes a column in the matchday programme and organises special events.


We support walking as an accessible exercise, and for its mental health benefits.  Ste founded 'Beating the Bounds St. Helens' in 2017, a 40+ mile walking challenge around the Borough's boundary.  It has taken place every year since, involving more than 250 people and raising thousands of pounds for local charities.  You can find out more on Twitter: @WalktheWalk950