We would like to acknowledge the following partners for their commitment to advancing social mobility:
SCHOOL/COLLEGE OF THE YEAR
BNP Paribas Securities Services is part of Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB), a global provider of financial solutions to corporate and institutional clients. With almost 30,000 people in 57 countries across EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Asia-Pacific and the Americas, we offer solutions tailored to all our clients across capital markets, securities services, financing, treasury and financial advisory. A globally-recognised leader across multiple disciplines, our areas of expertise include structured financing, derivatives and risk management, among others.
Acting as a bridge between its two client franchises, it aims to connect the financing needs of corporate clients with the investment needs of institutional investors. We are a socially responsible organisation, instigating and participating in a number of projects to prevent exclusion and promote education and culture. We aim to fight against social exclusion, promote compliance with human rights, and sponsor efforts in the fields of culture, social justice and the environment. For this reason, we have chosen to organise worldwide corporate social philanthropy initiatives partnering with local NGOs or organisations.
To find out more, please visit our website: group.bnpparibas/en/group/corporate-social-responsibility
START-UP OF THE YEAR
Callsign has a simple vision: we want to make digital identification seamless and secure. Our unique approach to positive identification balances high security and user experience, allowing customers to interact online safely, with minimal friction, while ensuring that bad actors are blocked, protecting customers’ identities and business interests.
Callsign products use deep learning techniques to combine event, threat, and behavioral analytics with multi-factor authentication. We provide risk intelligence in real time, enabling organizations to intelligently adjust authentication journeys and catch fraudulent activity more effectively. Callsign gives legitimate users seamless and secure experiences, whilst keeping the bad actors firmly locked out.
To find out more, please visit our website: callsign.com
ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR
CMC Markets is a leading global provider of online financial trading and institutional technology solutions, offering clients the opportunity to trade a broad range of financial instruments through its award-winning spread betting, CFD and stockbroking trading platforms. Established in 1989, headquartered in London and listed on the LSE as a constituent of the FTSE 250 index, CMC has offices in Australia, China, Singapore and across Europe.
To find out more, please visit our website: CMC Markets
Foxtons is London’s leading estate agency with over 35 years of experience in the London property market. Having opened its doors for the first time in 1981 from the original Notting Hill office, the company now counts 50 branches throughout London and the Home Counties.
Specialising in all aspects of Sales, Lettings, New Homes & Investments, Property Management and Corporate Services, Foxtons has firmly established itself as a market leader and pioneer in the property industry.
To find out more, please visit our website: foxtons.co.uk
Hedley May is unique in the world of executive search. We specialise in senior functional roles for major corporates, financial institutions and professional services firms, operating globally from our offices in London and New York. By focusing on the critical roles that underpin high-performing executive teams, we can apply a level of intensity and experience that increases that quality of candidates we access and the long term success of our appointments. This is the outcome we care most about. Our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, a transparent process and collaborative culture stand us apart, ensuring every client gets the best of Hedley May’s collective energy wherever they are in the world.
To find out more, please visit our website: hedleymay.com
MENTOR OF THE YEAR
We’re Lidl, proud pioneers in game-changing retail. With over 750 stores, 13 regional warehouses and over 22,000 employees in the UK alone, it’s clear we don’t like to stand still. And it doesn’t stop there as we have ambitious plans for the future, both in the UK and overseas. We’re always looking for ambitious, motivated people who are ready to join us in making our stores, goods and shopping experience better than ever.
To find out more, please visit our website: lidl.co.uk
LEADERSHIP OF THE YEAR
PwC’s purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. PwC is a network of firms in 157 countries, with more than 223,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.
To find out more, please visit our website: pwc.co.uk
Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. Across six countries, Sky connects 23 million customers to the best entertainment, sports, news, arts and to our own award-winning original content.
Following the launch of Sky Glass, we now offer customers our strongest ever line-up of products and services. As well as the new streaming TV with Sky inside and everything integrated, customers can enjoy the award-winning Sky Q with all your favourite channels and apps in one place, and with Sky Go you can now access an even better experience on your devices. Sky TV has new channels, new shows and new deals with Peacock, Paramount+ and more. Sky Mobile was voted Best Pay Monthly and Best Value Pay Monthly network by Uswitch, and with Sky Broadband we’re offering our fastest speeds yet.
Building on the success of Sky Originals like Chernobyl, Gangs of London and Brassic, we are doubling our investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Our new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, is expected to create over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK over the first five years alone. Sky News provides impartial and trustworthy journalism for free, Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air arts channel making the arts accessible for everyone and Sky Sports, our leading sports broadcasting service, brings customers some of the biggest and best global sporting events from the Premier League to Formula 1 and everything in-between. Sky Cinema is the home of Sky Original films with brand new films launching every month alongside an unrivalled range of the latest cinema releases and on demand library.
We believe that we can be a force for good in the communities in which we operate. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030 and we’re proud to be a Principal Partner and Media Partner of COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference. We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity, and we’ve set ambitious 2025 targets to continue to increase diversity and representation. We’re also committed to investing £30million across our markets over the next three years to improve our approach to diversity and inclusion, and to tackle racial injustice.
To find out more, please visit our website: sky.com
Capita is a consulting, transformation and digital services business, which provides innovative solutions to help businesses and the public sector operate effectively and efficiently. For more than 30 years, Capita has been working with our clients to solve complex challenges, increase productivity, enhance their use of technology and harness the power of data to improve customer and public services, adding value to the UK and local economies.
We do this by combining our software, technology and innovation with the talent, creativity and expertise of our people. Our 55,000 talented, committed and engaged employees are essential to delivering business critical services and solutions across all our markets. Their unique skills, knowledge and values are a result of the diversity of their backgrounds and experiences which are all equally valued.
To find out more please visit: We are better when we help the world progress. | Capita