Community engagement and environmental sustainability are central to the business aims and practices of Excel Office Supplies. We value our local and wider community, and support local organisations and charities through a number of community-minded initiatives and volunteering.
Charity Partnership Scheme
Our Charity Partnership Scheme involves working with charities to provide them with an alternative source of funding. In summary, the scheme works whereby charities recommend businesses to buy their office supplies through Excel, and Excel donates a percentage of the business’ monthly spend to the charity.
Charity Swap Shop
We also run our Charity Swap Shop initiative. This initiative entails Excel’s drivers collecting unwanted stationery and furniture items from local businesses and delivering them to charities in need. This project has been especially popular with many of our current business, charity, and not-for-profit customers.
Business in the Community 2015
In November 2015, the Excel team were awarded the Wycombe Partnership Community Champions Business in the Community award for the scheme, along with Excel’s wider work with in the community.
Commitment to Protecting the Environment
The Charity Swap Shop also has the added benefit of promoting recycling, upcycling, and the reduction of waste. This fits in with Excel’s wider commitment to protecting the environment.
Excel has a number of environmental initiatives, helping both us and our customers to reduce negative impact on the environment. We offer recycling programmes for toner cartridges, hard drives, and mobile phones, as well as a secure shredding service which involves the shredded paper being recycled, and an Environmental Delivery Scheme.
Excel holds a ISO 14001 certificate, meaning that we have a demonstrated commitment to reducing, recording and monitoring our environmental impact.
Excel’s staff and directors are personally committed to community engagement and volunteering. Lindsay, who is Excel’s Marketing Director, is a regular volunteer and Trustee at the Wycombe Environment Centre. Lindsay has also written blog posts about sustainability within businesses, and features community and local environmental news in Excel’s monthly customer newsletter.
Mentoring and Speaking
Ian Horler, Managing Director at Excel, is also a regular volunteer, turning his skills towards mentoring and speaking. Ian has spoken to young aspiring entrepreneurs and business students about his journey in business for organisations such as Young Enterprise, Bucks Education Business Partnership and the PeterJonesEnterpriseAcademy, as well as sharing his knowledge more recently with Wycombe Youth Action’s Youth Council Employability Event.
Fundraising for Scannappeal and Wycombe Youth Action
In 2015, Excel took part in a community fundraising event for chosen charities Wycombe Youth Action and Scannappeal, with a donated total of almost £250. Excel’s Lindsay and Bethany took to the airwaves to speak about the work of the two charities on community radio Wycombe Sound.
It's Part of Everything We Do
For everyone at Excel, community engagement is about more than corporate social responsibility. It is embedded into everything we do as a business, and into our personal lives as well.
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Excel supports and works closely with The Clare Foundations and the tenants of the Clare Charity Centre. Tenants of the Centre, please view our information about our Clare Foundation Buying Group Here.
Ian's Entrepreneurial Journey
'A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.' - Lao Tzu
'Having spent 25 years on an entrepreneurial rollercoaster experiencing just about everything that life could throw at me, I now take half a day every week to go out to schools and colleges to share some of the softer skills of running a business. Some of them could probably write a better business plan than me but to share my real life experiences of tenacity, commitment and overcoming challenges is rewarding and hopefully gives the students a new valuable insight.' - Ian Horler (Managing Director)
Here are some of the ways Excel Office Supplies have got involved with the local community in the past:
National Enterprise – The National Enterprise Academy is the brainchild of ‘Dragon’ Peter Jones, helping young people to achieve their business potential. Excel MD Ian Horler mentors at the NEA, allowing budding entrepreneurs to learn from his experiences and find their way into the world of business.
Maplewood School – Excel Office Supplies have raised both money and awareness for this much needed school. Maplewood School provides for pupils with severe learning difficulties and many families would be at a loss without this vital facility in their community.
Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East – The Excel Office Supplies football team recently took part in the Salako Cup, hosted by footballing legend John Salako. The Salako Cup is a charity event held in aid of Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East (part of the national charity Age UK).
Wycombe Wanderers Community Scheme and Scannappeal – As well as sponsoring the Wycombe Wanderers Kid’s half time penalty shoot-out, Office Supplies MD Ian Horler raised money to bat for the Wycombe Warriors against the Lashings World ll in a charity cricket match. Ian raised £1000 for Scannappeal and went into bat at No4 hitting the winning runs for the Warriors. Find out more about how Excel Office Supplies are working with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club
Excel Office Supplies have also helped marshal a team of walkers linking from Mansfield to Gerrards Cross in a three day challenge in 2008 raising £8k for the British Heart Foundation as part of the Central Line Challenge.
In 2010, MD Ian Horler volunteered as a judge for the local Young Enterprise and was invited as a guest speaker for the Chiltern finals of the Young Enterprise Competition. The Excel team also regularly volunteer at the Stokenchurch Dog Rescue Centre.
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We at Excel Office Supplies value our local community and feel that we have a social and corporate responsibility to uphold. To read more about how we aim to serve the local community, see our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.