Strengthening our local economy requires collective commitment. Businesses and employers play an important role in creating a local economy that attracts investors and opens up opportunities for further growth.
The Charter aims to become a testament to the strengths of Croydon’s market by showcasing local businesses’ commitment to their employees, customers, suppliers, business partners and the local communities.
Being a good employer means your employees feel more valued and effective in their work. This translates into improved productivity, lower staff turnover and greater ability to retain talent. Your business gains a competitive advantage and improved performance.
Being a responsible business helps to satisfy your consumers’ and business partners’ desire to support companies that have strong corporate social responsibility. It improves the quality of life in communities where you do business, thus boosts your brand reputation, increases sales and positive consumer sentiment.
The free membership will help boost your brand’s profile through networking events, publicity and promotion. Your business will gain access to local contacts, suppliers, businesses and their opportunities.
The network’s aim is to grow and link its members to existing and new business opportunities, such as:
Local SMEs that become accredited in 2017/18 can also benefit from a discretionary business rate discount.
The discount is one of the benefits of being accredited to the Good Employer Charter. It is open to SMEs operating in Croydon that pay business rates.
The business rate discount of up to £1,000 is a discretionary measure and will be made available to SME ratepayers who occupy a property in the borough and have been verified as GEC accredited.
Only one award will be made to each business, with the business being able to choose which account should receive the relief if they are liable for more than one property.
Discount is limited to first 100 SME businesses who become accredited with GEC in 2017/18 financial year.
Discount is a one-off award paid once, not annually.