Since our formation in 1984, Inntel has been aware that doing the right thing for the environment and for society are important as we address the impacts that our business has on the environment and the local community.
We promote good sustainability practice and we help our clients and supply partners to do the same. Our environmental accreditation is independently audited every 6 months.
Inntel was recently awarded a Gold accreditation from Essex County Council as part of their Sustainable Business Travel Scheme. The project aims to increase the take up of alternative travel. Managing our environmental impact is very important to Inntel and we work hard to promote the concept and make it as easy as possible for staff to leave their cars at home. The travel plan introduced by Inntel gives detailed information and incentives to staff on the benefits of walking, cycling, car sharing and taking public transport. Promotional activities include National Walk to Work Week, National Bike Week and National Leave your Car at Home Week.
As a SME, we believe it is worthwhile focusing our charitable efforts into one worthy charity, rather than many. Our Employee of the Year selects our annual chosen charity. For 12 months, all our company fund raising activity is done in aid of that organisation. This year we are fundraising for Mid and North East Essex Mind. The charity offers support and guidance to families of children with disabilities and special needs across Essex, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis.
Investing for the future
Inntel is pleased to advise that it trialled its first apprenticeship position in 2013 in partnership with TheLightBulb, a local training provider. Inntel’s first apprenticeship placement was very successful resulting in full time employment for the individual at Inntel, and we are currently looking to recruit a further 3 apprentices throughout the business. It should also be noted that we do not adhere to the apprenticeship salary structure and pay the same wage as we would do for non-apprenticeship staff, which is aligned to the ‘living wage’ principles.
We also operate less formal apprenticeships schemes whereby individuals that are keen to progress throughout the business or into departments outside of their current job role can ‘trial’ other jobs. This involves setting objectives and training schedules specific to the individuals needs to enable them to experience, at first hand their elected positions. If the outcome is successful for both parties, then the business will support the individual’s desire to move as much as possible.
Work in the community
Inntel is a SME and recognises the benefit of working with other SME’s especially those in our community. We actively do this to support the community that we are located in and to promote local employment and infrastructure. This includes utilising the services of local based SME’s for waste and recycling collection, office supplies, office cleaning and maintenance.
Senior members of the Inntel team also support local business networking forums, these are not business opportunities but skill sharing groups so that other SME’s can learn and share skills amongst the various businesses.
We also support the local community in other ways. This includes sponsorship of Coggeshall Cricket Club, Bures United under 7s football team, fundraising events for local charities and work placements for local schools and colleges.