Nottinghamshire-based family business donate percentage of profits to fund a week of Nottingham Winter Shelter

Swiftool Precision Engineering (SPE) Ltd in Huthwaite has recently donated £4,000 to The Nottingham Winter Shelter to help the most vulnerable citizens in Nottingham.

Over 100 staff and seven suppliers came together recently at SPE’s factories in Huthwaite to raise £850 through a charity quiz and raffle in support of Emmanuel House, who provide essential survival services for homeless and vulnerable adults in Nottingham. SPE’s “Giving Something Back” afternoon was the largest collective charity event the company have organised to date and took place in working hours to raise awareness and provide an opportunity for all staff to contribute and join in the fun.

In addition to £850 raised at the event, a further £3,150 has been donated by the Directors of SPE directly out of the companies end-of-year profits. As a small to medium sized family business, this is SPE’s largest single charitable donation since the company formed in 1984 and one that the company are particularly proud of, especially in times of economic uncertainty in the UK.

SPE Ltd is a family-owned, award winning, second generation precision engineering company run by husband and wife team Stuart and Sam Handley. “To be able to fund one week’s worth of beds, hot food, drinks, laundry facilities and crucially, the specialised support for guests from the staff team, for the winter shelter in Nottingham is a genuine privilege” said Stuart. “As a family run engineering business employing 125 people in North Nottinghamshire we take our responsibility to the local area, employment levels and disadvantaged communities extremely seriously”.

“Our business is based in an area of the country that has some of the lowest attainment levels and highest levels of disadvantaged people in the UK” said Sam. “Homeless people who are desperately trying to  seek employment or are trying hard to hold down a job with nowhere to sleep can access the Nottingham Winter Shelter. Funding one week of the Nottingham Winter Shelter means that up to 26 people (depending on the venue) can sleep safely, stay warm and have access to meals for seven consecutive nights whilst potentially continuing to seek work or attending work during that week. Providing 154 nights of shelters for homeless people to sleep safely and keep warm is something we are delighted to support”.

Denis Tully, CEO of Emmanuel House said “ The Nottingham Night Shelter and Winter Shelter are an integral part of the plan to reduce homelessness in the city of Nottingham.  The Nottingham Winter Shelter is not government funded, therefore Emmanuel House relies on private donations from companies like SPE. All of the services Emmanuel House offers are orientated to preventing homelessness or supporting people out of homelessness into accommodation and settlement. Access to Emmanuel House’s services and access to the Nottingham Winter Shelter is free and the charity strive to provide diverse and accessible services that meet basic needs and empower individuals to make positive changes in their lives with the main aim is to help get homeless and vulnerable adults a home of their own. We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to SPE for their support, it really will make a difference to the lives of homeless adults in Nottingham ”.

Support from suppliers:

SPE is a first choice vendor of critical parts to a global customer base for the aerospace, nuclear, oil and gas sectors and would like to formally thank EMBS Recruitment Services, Microme, Jacquet, Applied Inspection, x, x and x for combined donations totalling over £500 which helped boost monies raised by SPE staff.