Lots of businesses take their corporate social responsibility seriously but few can boast that it is their raison d’etre! Bolton School Services Limited (BSSL), which this year is celebrating its 25th birthday, is proud to say that it does.
Each year, all profits generated are used to finance bursaries which support pupils aged 11 years and over at Bolton School with their education. Services Bursar Mr McDermott, who oversees the various enterprises that make up BSSL, said: “I take great pride in that the more profits we make, the better futures we can help build for young people at Bolton School. This philanthropic aim, first espoused by Lord Leverhulme in 1915, fills our employees with a sense of purpose and drives them on to maximise revenues.”
BSSL’s annual turnover is in the region of £2.5m and the company currently employs over 160 staff, making it one of the largest employers in the town. All profits, in excess of £3.5m over the past 10 years, are gift-aided back to the school.
Mr McDermott explained: “There are limitations to what we can do as the school is in operation for 173 days each year, during which time the facilities are utilised by pupils and teachers. However, we have learnt how to best utilise our services when we do have access to them and we have provided expertise and guidance to other schools as they seek to do the same. Each year we also provide – and benefit from – a range of practical projects for business students from Lancaster Business School and MMU.”
Formed in 1993, a number of enterprises operate under the BSSL umbrella: BSS Coaches, BSS Weddings and Events, BSS Leisure, Patterdale Hall Commercial Services, Patterdale Hall Holiday Lettings, Kidzone and BSS Commercial Function Catering.