Morson launches 50th anniversary celebrations
Morson has launched its 50th anniversary celebrations by pledging to donate to 50 different worthy causes throughout the year.
The Salford-based recruitment and design company celebrates half a century in business in 2019 and has embarked on a programme of events to honour this landmark, with charity and community at the heart. Morson plans for every office worldwide across the Group to take part in the charity activity, with each branch nominating a charity in that region to support.
Morson is embarking to help the local community as part of its ’50 Weeks of Giving’ programme throughout the year by providing donations each week to help schools, homeless shelters, elderly care homes, animal welfare shelters and many other institutions in the Manchester area, beginning in January. The company aims to give £500,000 throughout the year.
All of this will be in addition to the work to raise money for the employee-chosen charities in 2019, Motor Neurone Disease Association and ABF The Soldier’s Charity. The Group hopes to have its best ever year of fundraising, surpassing the record of £160,000 raised in 2016.
Morson Group was formed by Gerry Mason, the late father of the current CEO, Ged Mason, in the family home in Salford in 1969. It has since grown and now turns over more than £900m.
Morson has been helping to provide talent to many major engineering projects over the course of their half a century in business, working on projects as the Channel Tunnel, Airbus A380 and Tornado aircraft as well as nuclear power stations Sellafield and Sizewell. Morson is also part of the Armed Forces Covenant and a recipient of the Ministry of Defence Gold Award for their work towards helping ex-forces veterans into civilian careers.
Since formation, the head office of the company has never moved more than two miles away from its original location. The business now occupies premises on Centenary Way on the bank of the Manchester Ship Canal, and this relationship with the local area is something that Morson is keen to celebrate throughout the year. CEO, Ged Mason, said, “Manchester has always been a fantastic place to conduct business. From our first office at our family home, to our current corporate headquarters, we have enjoyed working within the diverse and exciting business culture Manchester provides and we are proud of our roots.”
A commemorative book is to be released which charts both the history of the business as well as the growth and development of Manchester itself, and this will be taken online in the form of an interactive and immersive time capsule. It will feature interviews and features with several famous faces from the region – many of whom are associated with Morson. The year will peak with a company celebration event in July featuring many Manchester bands.
Among these, plans throughout the year will bring together Morson’s sporting ambassadors; from Manchester United, to former world champion boxers Ricky Hatton and Anthony Crolla and the newly-crowned WBA super middleweight world champion Callum Smith, to Sale Sharks and more.
Mason added, “It’s great to live up to the company core value of giving and sprinkling some magic dust where we can. I'm very proud of the Morson family and where we are now. As much as we are looking back when we celebrate our birthday, it's important that we look forward and keep driving on, at all times remembering that our greatest asset is our people. As my father used to say, 'there is no finish line, and that is the challenge.'”
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