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Bentley has identified education, health and social deprivation as three key challenges facing the people within our communities. We believe that by working alongside public and private partners, and engaging with community groups, we can help address these issues and strive to deliver a bright future for Bentley Motors and for Crewe, which has been our home for the past 70 years.

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Working with Charities

Bentley is a member of the Cheshire Community Foundation, which provides funding for community projects that often struggle to secure financial backing. The charity manages the Bentley Fund, ensuring that the company’s annual donation is most effectively channelled to local projects that benefit health, education and children, plus alleviate social deprivation.

One example of how the Bentley Fund was utilised in 2016 is the grant provided to the New Vic Theatre to support a project aimed at improving the literacy of a group of disadvantaged pre-school children. The same year, we also supplied funding for a community garden space at Barnies, a project based at Crewe’s St Barnabas Church Hall that offers support to those suffering from loneliness and social isolation.

Both Bentley and its employees have been enthusiastic supporters of St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice for many years. In 2016 we donated two Bentleys, which helped to raise more than £400,000 for this charity. Bentley also makes a donation to the automotive charity BEN for every car sold in the UK. The charity aims to provide financial and emotional assistance to those working in the automotive industry and their families in times of difficulty and illness.

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Along with providing financial support to various projects within the local community, Bentley is proud to have many employees who are active both in volunteering and in raising money for charity. All Bentley trainees undertake charitable work as part of their development programmes. As of 2016 trainees have been working with the Prince’s Trust, as well as helping older members of the community master digital technology.

We encourage everyone at Bentley to participate in volunteering. In 2016 around 30 employees helped establish a Memory Café at Barnies for people with dementia in the Crewe area. Colleagues painted and decorated the café and set up a special memory box, which included photographs and other memorabilia connected to the history of car manufacturing at Bentley’s Pyms Lane HQ.

In 2016 Bentley established a volunteering club in conjunction with the local branch of Rotary International. In the club’s first year, Bentley Rotarians dedicated over 1000 hours to community service, during which they helped restore the Macmillan Cancer Support Garden at Leighton Hospital in Crewe.

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Bentley engages with schools and colleges in the community by offering more than 150 work experience placements each year, giving students the opportunity to gain an insight into almost all areas of the business. In addition to reaching out to schools via career support and business understanding initiatives, Bentley also hosts a ‘Girls in Manufacturing’ day. This exclusively female event is held at Bentley’s flagship showroom CW1 House in Crewe, where a series of workshops enable Bentley trainees to share their experiences with students and gain valuable personal development in the process.