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Chris Bartlett of GCS has been highly commended in the Corporate Responsibility category

Chris Bartlett of GCS has been highly commended in the Corporate Responsibility category

After being named 2011’s Director of the Year (&pound25m - &pound99m) by the London & South East branch of the Institute of Directors, Chris Bartlett of GCS has been highly commended in the Corporate Responsibility category at the finals of the IoD’s national 2012 Director of the Year Awards. Bartlett, Founder and Managing Director of the IT and financial recruitment specialist business, was one of only 2 individuals to receive a commendation.

“It’s a great honour to be recognised in this way” said Bartlett. “Given how much hard work has gone into reinventing the GCS CSR initiative over the last few years, it is pleasing to have our efforts acknowledged. As I said after receiving the regional IoD award, this really reflects far more on GCS as a whole rather than me as an individual. I count myself exceptionally fortunate to work with such a tremendously talented and giving collection of people.”

Over the last year, GCS has seen a notable increase in fundraising activity which, when combined with the company’s pound-matching resolution, has resulted in a charitable donation of &pound26,000 – nearly 150% of the previous year’s total. Additionally, the company has been heavily involved in such schemes as Age Concern and the Heart of the City programme, as well as turning an eye to internal social responsibility with the creation of the “GCS Wellbeing Week”

“Wellbeing Week was a huge success” said Bartlett. “It hugely raised awareness of health in the workplace, with free checkups, eye tests and nutritional advice for all employees. Quite a number of our team have said that they feel their health has improved as a result of the initiative, and I’ve been very glad to have extra company in our GCS Running Club!” Bartlett, a keen runner, completed an impressive fourth London Marathon this year, raising money for GCS’ nominated charities, Orchid, the Rainbow Trust and the British Heart Foundation. “I was pleased just to get around the course for a fourth time” said Bartlett of his marathon effort. “My efforts pale in comparison to those of our Ireland office manager, Tim Dunne, who climbed Kilimanjaro, and the GCS Skydiving Team, who unquestionably took our fundraising activity to new heights.”

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