The award recognises a business or business person who has made a positive contribution to the local community, making an extra effort to bring the community together or those who go out of their way to help others or a charity. The award is for those who make an outstanding contribution to the community, or improving the locality for the benefit of everyone.
Adrian Lewis, owner and Managing Direct of Frames Conservatories Direct, recognises that without the support of the community you operate your business in, your business is unlikely to have long-term success. He has a genuine passion for the community which has allowed him to develop his business to the success it has today and continually strives to give something back to that community. Adrian’s notion of ‘giving something back’ goes above and beyond what most people might expect.
Adrian enjoys keeping fit (cycling & running specifically) and uses this as much as possible to support local causes.
In 2005 Adrian took part in the London Marathon raising funds for Scope. A charity very close to his heart as they have provided massive support to his family in the past.
In 2013 Adrian organised a charity football match with the cast of HollyOaks and raised enough money to buy over 30 bicycles for the children of Priory School in Bury.
In 2014 Adrian took part in a cycle ride from Compiègne to Bury to raise funds for both St Nicholas Hospice and Bury Rugby Club.
In 2015 Adrian inspired the whole company to get involved in raising much-needed funds for West Suffolk Hospital Rainbow Ward during the year. This resulted in our Sales Manager climbing Snowdon, the Marketing Team organising a Quiz Night and a Race Night, a cross company team taking part in It’s A Bury Knockout, a charity Golf Day and a Suffolk & Norfolk Coastal Bike Ride. Adrian rallied around fellow local businessmen and our suppliers to support these events. The result was over £13,000 raised to buy 9 heart monitors for the ward.
Sponsorship is also a great way to support local clubs with much-needed funds to enable them to fulfil their potential. Often, sponsorship is the only way that some of the smaller sports teams are able to operate.
Frames Conservatories Direct and Plastic Trade Frames has sponsored both Bury Rugby Club and Bury Town Football Club for 10 years. Whilst there is inevitably a business benefit of being associated with the clubs and being promoted at the clubs – the motivation for Adrian to invest in sponsorship is a genuine desire to help those clubs grow, succeed and thrive. This is certainly true of the early years with Bury Rugby Club where the sponsorship funds allowed them to invest in the ground, the club and the players to become the successful club they are today. And more recently with Bury Town Football Club – Adrian’s commitment to the club (both by Adrian personally and the funds provided by the business) is what has allowed it to exist today.
On a smaller, but no less vital, scale Frames Conservatories Direct’s sponsorship of Bury & District Sunday League since 2005, Moreton Hall Squash Club since 2013, Ixworth Bowls Club since 2014, Risbygate Bowls Club since 2015 and the Bury & District Bowls League since 2015 has enabled the clubs to buy new kit, fund score cards, attract new members and maintain the facilities.
An additional anniversary we are celebrating this year is our 10th year of sponsoring Bury in Bloom. This marks Frames Conservatories Direct as one of the longest running sponsors of the scheme which was set up to promote a greener, cleaner and more beautiful Bury St Edmunds.
Giving Something Back
For the last two years (Christmas 2014 and Christmas 2015) we have run a Children’s Colouring Competition with local primary schools around Suffolk for children to win family tickets to the pantomime at the Theatre Royal in Bury. The children were asked to decorate a Christmas Bauble which would then decorate our showroom and the best ones would be chosen to win family tickets.
In 2014 21 schools took part and we were over-whelmed with 500 entries. 9 winners and their families won tickets. In 2015 over 30 schools took part and we received a massive 600 entries and chose 16 children as winners of the family tickets.
The trip to the pantomime both years was amazing. The Theatre Royal kindly organised programmes and goody bags for the winners as well as an exclusive meet & greet on stage at the end of the performance.
We were very proud to be shortlisted for the award and super proud to win it and would like to thank the people of Bury St Edmunds for supporting us for the last 15 years.