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Renishaw celebrates team efforts with charity donations

To highlight how its company values can guide the actions of teams and individuals, global engineering technologies company Renishaw held a global competition for employees.

Teams from its offices around the world provided examples of the company's values in action, with winners selected for each of the values — innovation, inspiration, integrity, involvement.

The winning teams nominated charities, which each received a share of the £20,000 prize fund.

The competition received 37 entries from across the business, each one demonstrating how a project they had worked on reflected one of the company's core values.

The executive committee ranked entries based on which teams best demonstrated the values. Will Lee (chief executive), Diane Canadine (group human resources director) and Marc Saunders (director of group strategic development) then selected the final winners.

Will Lee, chief executive at Renishaw, said: "At Renishaw, we are proud of our strong working culture and we encourage our people to act in line with our core values. Our annual values competition is a great way to highlight how they apply to all roles across the business. It celebrates our people for consistently living the values every day."

The inspiration category was won by Renishaw's equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) committee for promoting Allyship in day-to-day interactions. The EDI committee conducted Allyship workshops throughout the business to encourage employees to support and advocate for one another, to create an inclusive and safe environment. The team chose to donate to Bristol Autism Support, an organisation providing information, support and training for parents and carers of autistic children.

Amelia Orchard-Smith, EDI lead at Renishaw, said: "Having the right support from the wider business can empower people to ask for the help they need and advocate for themselves. We chose to donate to Bristol Autism Support because we want people to be at their best — to use their unique skill set to contribute to the community, and Bristol Autism Support helps support people and their families and friends to do that."

The Early Careers Network committee, a group of apprentices and graduates focussed on connecting early careers employees, won the involvement award. The committee created a platform for early career employees to network and socialise across Renishaw's Gloucestershire, UK sites, hosting events including a 'Welcome to Renishaw BBQ', 'Lunch and Learn' and a summer celebration for those graduating from their respective schemes. The Early Careers Network committee chose to donate to local Gloucestershire charity Aura's Dogs.

The innovation category had joint winners: the Renishaw USA CMM Support team and the Equator™ gauge development team. The USA team created a metrology solution for a world-renowned space organisation, while the Equator gauge development team developed technology and calibration techniques for a new gauging product. The chosen charities were respectively St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA and the Secret Soup Society in Bristol, UK.

A collaboration between several teams based at Renishaw's Woodchester manufacturing site, near Stroud, won the integrity category. Teams from Assembly Development Engineering, SP25 scanning probe production and Health and Safety, developed a new welding solution to improve production of the SP25. Their chosen charity is AfrAsia-Link, which assists and develops non-profit organisations in Africa and Asia lacking resources, status, communications or necessary skills to carry out activities.

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