As a long-established business with strong local connections, it is our goal to have a positive impact through our continued support to charitable causes, the Compass team and our wider community.
Compass’ Charitable work
Corporate Social Responsibility is important to us, both as an organisation and as a team. We encourage and support all our employees, to participate in personal challenges and team events including fundraising, sponsored activities and internal charity fundraising, to allow us to collectively contribute to important local and national causes.
The annual Compass Accountants Quiz Night raises thousands of pounds every year for local charities and causes, supporting children and disability awareness in our region. The quiz night has also provided local businesses with an excellent networking opportunity with an average of 125 people attending the event held at Portsmouth FC. Compass also hosts regular networking events with its wide and varied clientele, helping businesses and charities to thrive by broadening their connections. The event, now in its third year has raised thousands of pounds for local and national charitable causes.
We also support charitable causes through sponsorship and have sponsored events such as the regular golf day organised by the charity Enable Me and most recently, Compass sponsored a promising young local athlete, by providing sporting equipment.
Compass’ ‘Easter Bunny’ visits local children’s charities in our region annually distributing donations of free Easter eggs to the chosen causes, allowing children to also meet ‘the bunny’.
Compass also encourages and supports its staff in their involvement of events such as Race for Life, Jeans for Genes, Cancer Research UK, Red Nose Day and Children in Need – raising money for many charitable campaigns.
Training and mentoring in the community
Director, and joint owner of Compass, Stuart Lawrance, supports the wider community by acting as a governor and trustee of Slindon College, a specialist school for boys aged 8-18 with dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language difficulties and autism spectrum difficulties.
In 2017 and 2018 Stuart also took on a role as a mentor for year 11 students at a local school. Here he has helped individuals with revision, career planning and personal skills.
This year, Compass have also undertaken a project with The University of Portsmouth, helping a team of four students that are studying business at degree level. Working in partnership with Compass, the students will gain valuable experience of working effectively as a team within a business, enabling them to successfully develop and manage a business project.
Building an inclusive business
In October 2018, Compass embarked on its first steps in becoming a more inclusive business, by appointing, Bascule Disability Training to implement staff training.
The training content introduced staff to issues including disability definition, disclosure and reasonable adjustment and was sought due to Compass’ aspirations to becoming more of an inclusive organisation and to be in a more favourable position in terms of our appeal to both potential clients and employees with disabilities.
The Compass Team
We believe that the Compass team is the key to our success and therefore, we aim to be a workplace that is understanding, accommodating and helpful in striking a good work/life balance for our team members. We have a Family Friendly policy in our office, whereby we offer flexi-time and provide part-time hours to parents who need to dedicate more time to their families
Compass also holds many regular social occasions for staff including group activities, weekends away, staff celebrations and BBQ’s in which staff’s families are invited to attend and get to know one another. Anniversaries for the numbers of years staff have been with the company are also celebrated and rewarded accordingly. These occasions reflect a fun, enjoyable working environment with a culture that celebrates the efforts of all team members.