Liniar joins community investment platform

PVC-U systems company Liniar has strengthened its community focus and ethical commitment by joining the Investors in Community platform. Designed to connect businesses with local charities and good causes, Investors in Community has helped facilitate hundreds of measurable volunteering hours, donations and fundraising projects by firms across the country.

Liniar is part of the global Quanex group of companies, for which ‘Communities’ is one of the four key pillars (alongside ‘Employees’, ‘Customers’ and ‘Shareholders’). With 500+ local employees and a strong presence within the Amber Valley District, Liniar has always been committed to supporting local causes. During the pandemic, it began the mass production of protective visors, and has so far donated more than 35,000 to key workers across the UK.

The team at Liniar will use the Investors in Community platform to find charities and organisations to jointly support, while also offering volunteering help to good causes. Martin Thurley, Liniar’s group managing director, said: “During the last 12 months, Liniar has made a positive difference to many lives. You could say it’s in our DNA to do the right thing, and Covid-19 really highlighted this to us all.

“We see the Investors in Community platform as a streamlined way to expand the support we can offer as a business. We were particularly drawn to the way the charities receive 100% of any fundraising money. Our team will be able to find volunteering opportunities and other ways to ‘give back’ and the platform also offers the means for us all to measure and track the impact of our CSR activity.”

Sue Davenport, Liniar’s group marketing director, continued: “Investors in Community has been straightforward to implement and the team there have been very supportive in helping us to roll it out. We’ve already provided financial donations and support to two smaller charities who have seen a reduction in fundraising activities, as well as collecting items for foodbanks. Our latest initiative is collecting Easter eggs for children who may not otherwise receive one – and it’s great to see the results of our efforts going straight to those who need our support.”

Philip Webb, managing director of Investors in Community, said he was thrilled to welcome Liniar to the platform: “We love the ethos and values of Liniar and Quanex and their focus on local community connections. The reality is that there are thousands of charities and community groups across the country doing amazing work in places like Derbyshire. However, there’s still the tendency for corporate giving to be focused on the bigger charities that get a lot of media attention.

“It is great to be working with Martin, Sue and the team, and to hear that they want to extend the work they have done in the past to make a real difference in their local community and to make connections that have a lasting impact. For us, Liniar is leading the way with a focus on purpose being at the forefront of their business. We look forward to all of the staff engaging with local causes in a variety of ways.”

For more information about Investors in Community, visit www.investorsincommunity.org. Read more about Liniar at www.liniar.co.uk.