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Marshalls plc was last night awarded a Big Tick by Business in the Community (BITC) at a prestigious gala dinner in Leeds.

The black tie dinner took place at Saviles and it was an opportunity to recognise, reward and celebrate the impact businesses from across the region are having in the local community.

Marshalls gained a Big Tick under the John Lewis and Waitrose Supply Chain Award, for its pioneering approach to supply chain accountability, particularly with regards to its approach to overseas suppliers.

The awards were established by BITC to reward UK businesses for ethical practices on several levels. The award categories include impact on society, the workplace, environment, communities and the marketplace, as well as categories for leadership and other special achievements.

“This was an extremely special evening for Marshalls, Business in the Community’s Big Tick is a prominent benchmark in terms of measuring our success,” says Chris Harrop, Group Marketing Director for Marshalls.

“Making an active, valuable contribution to society and our communities is a key focus for Marshalls and we are delighted that we have been recognised for the positive effects we’re having on social change.”

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Marshalls on winning a Big Tick, their programme, which looked at the implications of importing Indian sandstone, demonstrates great innovation and impact in working with suppliers.”

In addition to this award, Marshalls was also re-accredited with a Big Tick in the Eco-efficiency category, which it gained in 2007. Furthermore two employees; Mark Lee and Ian Grayson received a Carers Volunteers Award for their work in the community.

It adds these accolades to a growing list of awards including a Green Apple award from The Green Organisation and Biodiversity Benchmark status from the Wildlife Trusts.