Chairman of jewellery chain Beaverbrooks, Mark Adlestone, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015.
The OBE for Services to Business and Charity was awarded to Adlestone in recognition of his charity and communal work, and how he “applies these philanthropic values to his business”.
The news comes after Adlestone was recognised as the UK’s ‘Best Leader’ for the fifth time in the ‘Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for 2015’.
He said: “I have long felt that the world of business should work hand-in-hand with the worlds of philanthropy, values, ethics and community. As a business, we embrace this philosophy and I am thrilled that this honour celebrates this fact.
“We feel we have become an example of corporate philanthropy to much larger organisations and we are extremely proud to lead by example through our purpose of enriching lives.”
Since 2000, Beaverbrooks has donated more than £9m to charities, and Adlestone continues to inspire the 900 employees of the company to get involved in their own charity and communal projects.
The company donates 20% of post-tax profits to charity via ‘The Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust’, and matches any funds that are raised by its employees.
Adlestone currently dedicates one day a week to his charity and communal work which includes his role as chairman of The Fed: the leading social and welfare organisation within the Jewish community of Greater Manchester.