We are delighted to have offered support to some local community initiatives this winter. This time of year can be challenging at the best of times but in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the knock-on effect it is having on so many people’s lives we wanted to offer some level of funding to help those who need it most this year.

We have made a number of donations to foodbanks across our Aberdeen, Montrose, Evanton and Lerwick locations. Foodbanks are in higher demand than ever before and we wanted to help families in the communities within which we work this festive season.

Angus Foodbank has bases in Montrose, Forfar and Arbroath. We chose to support them because our Tubulars business is based in Montrose. They provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Shetland Foodbank is based in Lerwick where we have one of our metal recycling facilities. The team there provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in a crisis. Also part of The Trussell Trust, the foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in the local area.

Blythswood Care is based in Evanton and works throughout the Highlands of Scotland. With a mission to transform lives through the impact of education and community action, the organisation has many projects ongoing from foodbanks to shoe box appeals to supporting education programmes.

Community Foods Initiative North East (CFINE) aims to improve health and well-being and the environment, tackles poverty and builds resilience through a range of support and services for and with disadvantaged, vulnerable, low-income individuals, families and communities in NE Scotland. With our Metals business and HQ in Aberdeen, and our keen focus on environmental and circular economy initiatives, we felt this community organisation had close links to our own ethos.

As we did last year, we are also asking our team to purchase an extra gift while doing their Christmas shopping in support of the Northsound Radio’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas. In 2019 our team were generous enough to bring in bags of gifts for the initiative and they’ve done the same again this year.  

We wish all our suppliers, clients and acquaintances a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to 2021!