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Inca combats malaria in Africa with B1G1 and helps local charities
Oxfordshire’s specialist small business accountancy firm, Inca, has been awarded a Certificate of Gratitude by social enterprise organisation Buy1Give1 (B1G1) after donating money to buy nearly 200 mosquito nets for children in Kenya where malaria is the leading killer disease for under fives.
Inca has pledged to buy a mosquito net every time the firm wins a new client and has already purchased 125 over the last year. The firm has also committed to donating 5% of profits between four local causes chosen by the Inca team (1% each) along with ad hoc charitable requests from staff or clients (1% for the year).
The charities nominated for 2017/2018 are:
· The Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary based at Stadhampton and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year
· Ronald McDonald House located within Oxford Children’s Hospital to provide free accommodation for family when children are in hospital
· Helen & Douglas House, a hospice for children and young adults
· Swindon Sands, a stillbirth and neonatal death charity that provides support to bereaved parents
Since 2012, Inca has donated over £30,000 to local charities and good causes and has a goal to donate a further £50,000 over the next five years. Inca is also aiming to help 700 children in Kenya reach their fifth birthday by 2020, which corresponds with the firm’s goal of helping Inca clients to celebrate five years in business.
Nearly 60% of Inca clients who came to them as start-ups between 2009 and 2011 have celebrated their fifth birthday defying the national trend (according to national statistics, 80% of businesses fail before their fifth birthday).
Amy Russell, sales and marketing assistant for Inca, said: “Community is extremely important to Inca and we like to recognise the success of our small business clients by supporting good causes that make a significant contribution to where we all work and live. For me personally, I’m extremely humbled that Swindon Sands has been chosen as one of our nominated charities. After going through stillbirth myself, I was extremely lucky to be introduced to this support group who helped me through an extremely difficult part of my life."
Mrs Russell continued: “Community is also global as well as local, which is why we’ve been helping to reduce child deaths from malaria in Kenya since 2013. Everyone at Inca is working hard to exceed our 2020 target to save as many lives as possible and are proud to receive the Certificate of Gratitude from B1G1.”
Inca was recently awarded finalist status at the international Business Excellence Forum Awards for Best Company Culture (Europe, Middle East and Asia) and has a Silver Accreditation from Investors In People (IIP) held by only ten other accountancy firms in the UK. Both accolades reflect the firm’s commitment to cultivating a workplace environment where employees can thrive.
For further information about Inca’s recruitment opportunities or small business services, visit: inca-accountants.co.uk
Photo caption: Inca receives certificate of gratitude from B1G1.
Back Line - Amy Russell, Karl Mercer, Lesley Carson, Pat Karas, Rob Game, Jo Berry, Faye Wearing
Front Line - Dana Perkins, Billie Jean Thomson, Graham Carson, Sharon Cabral, Katie Bell, Luke Blodwell.
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Lesley and Graham Carson set up Inca in December 2002 with the intention of being a small business accountancy practice based on a desire to really help clients succeed. Inca now has over 300 clients and have developed a range of services to help small business owners handle the various challenges they face managing all aspects of their businesses. For further information, visit: inca-accountants.co.uk